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Office of Community Partnerships Newsletter
January 2011, Issue 35

In This Issue

MLKMartin Luther King, Jr. Brithday Tribute and Celebration

Tribute and celebration will be held at the Strathmore Music Center on January 17 at 4 - 6 pm. The celebration will announce the 2011 Recipients of the Children of the Dream Award, The Humanitarian Award, The Literary Arts Award.

TICKETS: Advanced Tickets Are Sold Out. 
STAND-BY LINE: For individuals unable to secure advanced tickets, a stand-by line begins at 3 pm, outside the Music Center, where noted, the evening of the performance. No lines may form before the designated time. At 3:45 pm, all tickets are null and void and patrons in the stand-by line will be allowed entry subject to available seating. The theme this year is "Continuing the Legacy: How Will You Serve?" For a full list of service opportunities, please click here.

budgetmeetingCounty Executive's Budget Meetings at Regional Service Centers

Public Forums on the FY12 Operating Budget Scheduled; Residents' Input Crucial in Light of
$300 Million Budget Gap

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is sponsoring five budget forums throughout the County in coming weeks. All of the forums are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., on the following dates:

  • January 10, Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown.
  • January 13, Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring.
  • January 18, Crossway Community, 3015 Upton Drive, Kensington.
  • January 20, Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring.
  • January 24, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda.

Visit montgomerycountymd.gov/townhall for schedule of County Executive's public forums.

msgfromdirectorMessage From The Director:

Let's Make 2011 a Banner Year for Community Service!

Starting with our MLK service events January 15-17, how will you serve?


Bruce Adams

Director, Office of Community Partnerships


I hope 2011 is a fantastic year for all of you and your families! My hope for 2011 is that it be a banner year for community service in Montgomery County. We are working hard at the Volunteer Center to identify meaningful volunteer opportunities that help our neighbors most in need and make Montgomery County an even better place to live, work, raise kids, and age with dignity. October 22, 2011 will be our 25th annual Community Service Day. In honor of this silver anniversary, I'm hoping that you will help me recruit 25,000 volunteers. Yes, 25,000 volunteers. OK, not all on the one day. We've got a plan: we are going to kick-off a week of celebrating what's best about Montgomery County on Sunday October 16 at the World of Montgomery Festival in Wheaton. We are going to end the week of service and celebration on Saturday night October 22 in Silver Spring with a volunteer awards party. In between, we want to record the community impact of 25,000 Montgomery County volunteers. I hope you will join us by signing up your family or business, or faith congregation, PTA or civic association, or nonprofit to participate. If you're in, please send me an email at: bruce.adams@montgomerycountymd.gov.


Let's get this started with the Martin Luther King Day of Service events around the County noted above on Monday January 17, 2011. Here's the link: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgtmpl.asp?url=/content/Volunteer/indexmlk.asp . The theme this year is: "Continuing the Legacy: How Will You Serve?"


Manna Food and Giant are teaming up on a very worthy project the weekend prior to MLK Day. You will be able to donate food to our neighbors in need at every Giant Food all weekend January 15-16! We will have volunteers from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at each store on both days. There is still time for you to sign-up your civic association, PTA, faith congregation, or business to staff a store one day that weekend. For details, please contact: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgtmpl.asp?url=/content/volunteer/indexmlk.asp#Manna

foodsystemSustainable Community Food System Initiative:

Montgomery County as a National Model?

Bruce Adams

Director, Office of Community Partnerships


In our August newsletter, Andy Lowy, an OCP summer intern, outlined the possibility of Montgomery County becoming the nation's model for sustainable agriculture and healthy local eating. Andy turned out a magnificent 118 page resource document laying out a broad vision and key elements, summarizing local and national best practices, and detailing his two dozen interviews with community leaders. On Monday December 20, 2010, a diverse crowd of more than 80 packed the conference room at the Agricultural History Farm Park to talk for three hours about the vision laid out by Andy in his research paper. Summary of Vision and Key Elements


If you are interested, check out the "Sustainable Community Food System Initiative" section on our OCP webpage at: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cpstmpl.asp?url=/content/exec/partnerships/index.asp


We have posted Andy's paper along with a list of participants, and we will be posting both video and written summary reports. Please feel free to join the network! In the meantime, here's a slideshow from the event.


There are many people to thank for the progress that has been made on this important topic. Most of all, thanks to Andy Lowy, a Sherwood High grad, for his great paper. Thanks to Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) for sponsoring Andy's ten weeks at OCP. Thanks to Mary Bradford and Jeremy Criss for hosting us at the Ag Park. Rana Koll-Mandel, Michael Randel, and Diane Harris Cline did a fabulous job preparing for and facilitating the meeting. Caroline Taylor of Countryside Alliance and Jeremy Criss of DED provided great assistance in making sure we had key stakeholders in the room. Thanks to Caroline, Butler's Orchard, Lewis Orchard, and Honest Tea for the refreshments. Lisa Austin and Melissa Steed helped keep us moving forward and Lucy Yost and Caitlin Alcorn operated the flip cameras. Thanks to all and to our scribes.

americanindianAmerican Indian Heritage Day: November 26, 2010

A Report by Gregory Hamilton


The American Indian Heritage and Education Association, Inc. (AIHEA) has been celebrating National Native American and Alaska Heritage Month in Montgomery County since 1995. The County Executive also presents his annual proclamation to the Native American community and Native American Veterans at this time. In 2010, we also celebrated the new Maryland State Holiday called "American Indian Heritage Day". Governor Martin O'Malley has named the day after Thanksgiving as a paid state holiday.

From the left:Tim Moore, Member of American Indian Society of DC; Michael Nephew, President, American Indian Society of DC; County Executive Ike Leggett; Anna (Old Elk) Johnson, Head Lady Dancer; Gregory V. Hamilton, President of AIHEA and Program Chair; Louise Hamilton, Vice President of AIHEA
AIHEA's celebration, powwow and native veteran's concert was held at the new Silver Spring Civic Center at Veterans Plaza on Friday November 26 from 11 am until 8:30 pm. Our theme for this year's celebration was: "Celebrating Our Heritage and Honoring Our Warriors." This was the first year Montgomery County celebrated American Indian Heritage Day. This year's program was celebrated into two parts.


The Powwow which included educational vendors and displays throughout the day with drumming and dancing. The City of Rockville, Town of Kensington, City of Takoma Park, and the Montgomery County Board of Education passed resolutions naming the day after Thanksgiving as American Indian Heritage Day as a official paid Holiday for their employees. The City of Rockville Recreation Department provided Native American craft tables for kids. Powwow had approximately 325 attendees.


The Veterans concert that night honored native people, veterans and community for their service. We honored Second Class Petty Officer Chinyere Etta Egunine, Thomas B. Insley, Sr. and Dawn Avery for their outstanding service to Native People and Veterans. Our concert was named in the honor of JD Challenger. The concert had approximately 130 attendees.

iceskatingSilver Spring Ice Rink Open for Skating

An official dedication of the ice rink will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at noon. Executive Isiah Leggett will join other elected officials, community leaders and local residents for skating, refreshments, entertainment and raffles.  Skating will be free for a 50-minute session for those who bring a donation of a winter coat (all sizes welcome) or canned foods.  Donated items will be collected by local non-profit organizations serving those in need in the community.

One Veterans Place (corner of Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive), Silver Spring. County


The ice skating rink is open to the public Monday through Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Individual and family season passes, groups rates and admissions discount cards are available. Skating lessons are available at the ice rink throughout the season.For more information about the ice skating rink, go to www.silverspringiceskating.com 

exeGrantsExecutive's Community Collaboration Grants

Application deadline: January 28, 2011. This is discretionary funding included in the County Executive's annual recommended budget to support non-profit organizations delivering services consistent with the County Executive's mission statement. Please complete the application on http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/execgrants requesting funds and describing the program.  Please remember to attach the required documentation of Internal Revenue Service tax-exempt 501 (C) (3) status.  The Office of Management and Budget will only accept the electronically completed grant applications.  If you have questions please e-mail to exec.grants@montgomerycountymd.gov  or visit http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgtmpl.asp?url=/content/PIO/grants.asp

censusdataPreliminary 2010 Census Data is Here!

The Census Bureau is using digital outreach to take advantage of America's focus on the upcoming release of apportionment data. Please be sure to visit the Bureau's interactive map widget that enables users to view the history of apportionment and our country's changing population through the past century. The widget can be embedded on your website and will be updated.

womenbriefingRegister for the 2011 Women's Legislative Briefing

A distinguished group of experts will discuss important legislative initiatives affecting women and families on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm - 6 pm. Legislation in the upcoming sessions of the Maryland General Assembly and the U.S. Congress will be covered.


University of Maryland, Shady Grove Campus Bldg II

9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Maryland




For more information, please visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cfw or contact the Montgomery County Commission for Women at 240-777-8330.

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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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