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Office of Community Partnerships Newsletter
December 2010, Issue 34

In This Issue

CEinauguralInauguration 2010-Live Online


The Inaugural Ceremony
for the County Executive and Members of the County Council
Monday, December 6, 2010
11:15 a.m.

exeBall25th Anniversary of Executive's Ball for the Benifits of the Arts and Humanities


The 25th AnnualMontgomeryCounty Executive's Ball

for the Benefit of the Arts and Humanities is scheduled for


Sunday, December 5 at 6 p.m.

Hilton Rockville Atrium, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville.

      Visit www.creativemoco.com/executives-ball 

for more information

msgfromdirectorMessage From The Director




Bruce Adams

Director, Office of Community Partnerships


I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. For more than 30 years, the Holiday Giving Project has helped low income families in our community by collecting and distributing food and gifts during the Thanksgiving and December holidays. Last year, 9,000 Montgomery County families received food and gifts because of the project.


Here's how you can help the Holiday Giving Project serve our neighbors most in need this December:

   -  Donate new toys

   -  Organize a food, toy or gift card drive

   -  Sponsor a family in your area

   -  Make a Holiday Food Basket

   -  Donate grocery cards


We thank our partners at Interfaith Works for their leadership in keeping alive the spirit and the reality of holiday giving for our neighbors most in need. For more information or to get involved, please go to http://www.iworksmc.org/holidaygiving.html or email giving@iworksmc.org  or sklavon@iworksmc.org.


FYI: Families that do not already have a referral can contact the following agencies by December 10 and ask for a referral to the Holiday Giving Project and Toys for Tots:

      * Montgomery County Public School counselor;

      * Health and Human Services (HHS) caseworker/social worker;

      * Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) resident counselor;

      * Head Start/Pre-K;

      * Montgomery County Infants & Toddlers Program.


Best wishes from the County Executive and from the Office of Community Partnerships for a fabulous holiday season and a fine 2011.

DiwaliMontgomery County Celebrates Indian Holiday for the First Time

Lily Qi, Language Access Coordinator and Community Liaison


Over 200 community members, many dressed in traditional Indian attires, joined County Executive Ike Leggett on the evening of November 8 to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights and the important holiday in the Asian Indian cuture. In a packed auditorium in the Executive Office Building, County Executive Leggett lighted a candle along with several elected officials, including Maryland Sen. Robert Garagiola, newly elected delegate Aruna Miller, who is Indian American.  The evening also featured an Indian dance and an explanation of the meaning of Diwali. 


"The story of Indian Americans is a remarkable American success story," said County Executive Leggett in his keynote remarks, "for all that you have contributed to our community's cultural vibrancy, intellectual capital and knowledge-based economy, hosting this Diwali celebration to honor your heritage is the least we can do to say 'thank you!'" 


As a partnership event, this program was made possible by the generous contributions of the Indian American community including Raj Khera, co-chair of County Executive's Asian American Advisory Group, Suresh C. Gupta, Vice Chair of Durga Temple, Suresh K. Gupta, President of the Hindu Temple, Tufail Ahmad, member of the County Executive's Asian American Advisory Group, Renuka Mishra, President of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin, and Rajan Natarajan, President of the Maryland India Business Roundtable. 

humanrightMontgomery County Human Rights Commission's 50th Anniversary

The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights will celebrate Human Rights Day on December 10, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, with a program at the Silver Spring Civic Building, located at One Veterans Place. 


Following the opening program, featuring presentations and remarks by local and State leaders, participants will have an opportunity to take part in small discussion groups that will explore and discuss the various presentations, including education, housing/human services, and religion, public safety and business issues for new Americans. Please call Kimberly Ham at 240-777-8478 or visit the website for more information: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/hmrtmpl.asp?url=/content/HumanRights/index.asp

WashPostCompete for The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management

Now accepting applications!


The Washington Post and the Center for Nonprofit Advancement invite applications from nonprofit organizations throughout Greater Washington for The Washington Post 2011 Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.


The first place award carries a cash grant of $10,000, recognition in The Washington Post and more! Plus all applicants receive feedback on their management practices from the Award Selection Committee.

impactawards2011 IMPACT Awards

IMPACT Silver Spring seeks nominees for the 2011 IMPACT Awards, honoring unsung heroes who are buidling thiriving, multicultural Silver Spring community.


Nominations are open until December 5. Awardees will be recognized at the IMPACT now! Event in March 2011. Visit www.impactsilverspring.org for forms and nomination guildlines. Contact Chris at chris@impactsilverspring.org or call 301-495-3336 for more information.

craftshowMontgomery Recreation Department Invites You to Craft Show
Outstanding artists and crafters will be displaying their works on December 5, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
For additional information, or to be a vendor, please call 240-777-6922.
Juried Craft Show--Free admission & Free parking!
Bauer Drive Community Center, 14625 Bauer Dr, Rockville, MD 20853
VolunteerNeededVolunteer Center Needs Your Help--Volunteers Needed

Silver Spring: The Silver Spring Civic Building needs Welcome Desk attendants. The hours run Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. For our upcoming Gilchrist programs, we need conversation facilitators with proficiency in foreign languages. The schedule for this is TBA.


Wheaton: The Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity needs front desk assistance at its Wheaton Library location. The hours run Wed & Thurs, 4 -8 p.m. and Sat, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.


Germantown: We are looking for two ESOL teachers (for beginner and intermediate levels). The classes will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Someone with some ESOL teaching experience preferred.


Any question please contact Hindeke Ammanuel at 240-777-5305 or email Hindeke.Ammanuel@montgomerycountymd.gov 

Committee for Ethnic Affairs: 1st Thursday of every month, 7 pm at the Executive Office Building Auditorium. Contact Lisa Austin for more information: lisa.austin@montgomerycountymd.gov.
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