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Office of Community Partnerships Newsletter
July 2011, Issue 40

 In This Issue

Building Wealth & Enabling Self-Sufficiency: How and Where Will You Serve?

Bruce Adams

Director, Office of Community Partnerships

On Sunday afternoon June 26, a gathering of community leaders heard an inspiring presentation on an extraordinary project in Cleveland, Ohio. Attendees at the Faithfulness Together meeting at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Rockville heard a presentation from Gar Alperovitz, one of America's most respected progressive intellectuals now based at the Universityof Maryland and a Founding Principal of The Democracy Collaborative. Alperovitz told the story of Cleveland's  Evergreen Cooperative Initiative, a new approach to helping our neighbors in need through economic empowerment.

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day last January, County Executive Ike Leggett called on community leaders to join together to make a positive difference in the lives of the 200,000 residents of Montgomery County who are not yet sharing in the general affluence of our community. County Executive Leggett opened the June 26 meeting with the candid acknowledgement that "government in and of itself is not the answer. But government can not be on the sideline." Rev. Tim Warner, the County's liaison to the faith community, organized the meeting and charged the group with stepping up to the challenge. "If we can't do it here in Montgomery County," said Warner. "It can't be done." Bill Robertson, the President and CEO of Adventist Health Care, has stepped up to the County Executive's challenge and agreed to lead the community group that will work to enable greater self-sufficiency among our neighbors in need. In introducing Gar Alperovitz on June 26, Robertson pointed out that we are all taught to make a difference.

Start by watching the video that tells the Evergreen story: Watch the video

For more about the Initiative, see this article in Yes! magazine. Additional articles and material can be found at: www.community-wealth.org/strategies/cw-roundtables.html.

To get engaged in this essential initiative and help us build a Countywide movement for a stronger, healthier, and more just County, please contact Tim Warner at: tim.warner@montgomerycountymd.gov.

SAVE THESE DATES: We are going to have a week long celebration of what makes Montgomery County great from October 16 to 22, 2011. The annual World of Montgomery Festival will kick-off the week starting at noon on Sunday October 16 in downtown Wheaton. There will be community service programs all week all across the County culminating in a Community Service Day Silver Anniversary party in downtown Silver Spring on Saturday evening October 22. Please contact me if you would like to get involved in planning this important weekend: bruce.adams@montgomerycountymd.gov.


From left: Gar Alperovitz (Professor, University of Maryland and The Democracy Collaborative), Uma Ahluwalia (Director, MC Health & Human Services), Sheryl Brissett-Chapman (Executive Director, National Center for Children and Families), Rev. Tim Warner (Faith Community Liaison, MC Office of Community Partnerships), Steve Dubb (Research Director, The Democracy Collaborative), and Bill Robertson (President and CEO, Adventist HealthCare). 

fireworksCounty to Host Fireworks Displays in Germantown and Kensington

Montgomery County will again this year host two Independence Day fireworks displays on Monday, July 4.  Germantown Glory will be held at the SoccerPlex in the South Germantown Recreational Park, 18041 Central Park Circle, Boyds.  Mid-County Sparkles will be held at Albert Einstein High School, 11135 Newport Road, Kensington.
Germantown Glory will begin at 6 p.m. with children's activities hosted by the BlackRock Center for the Arts.  The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform a musical salute to America at 8 p.m., through the sponsorship of Hughes Network Systems and the Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union.  Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m.
To reach the South Germantown Recreational Park from I-270, take exit 15B (Route 118 south) toward Germantown; go for 2.8 miles and turn right onto Richter Farm Road.  Go one mile and turn left onto Schaeffer Road.  The park entrance is 0.3 miles on the right.  Ample, free parking is available.


Mid-County Sparkles activities begin at 7:30 p.m. with a concert by Bobby and the Believers.  The fireworks display will follow at approximately 9:15 p.m.  Since there will be no on-site parking at the school or at adjacent properties, except for handicapped parking, shuttle buses will pick up passengers, beginning at 6:15 p.m., at Westfield Wheaton and the Wheaton Metro Station.


Low lawn chairs and coolers are welcome at both events.  Food vendors will be on site.  No alcoholic beverages are permitted.  The rain date for fireworks only is July 5.  No shuttle service will be available on the 5th.


For more information, call 240-777-6821 or go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.

fiveCommunity Engagement Seeks Five Americorps Members

The Community Engagement Cluster of Montgomery County Government (Office of Community Partnerships, Regional Service Centers, and the Commission for Women) has five AmeriCorps positions available for interested individuals. If you know anyone who is interested in serving the community for one year full time through AmeriCorps, please have them email their resume to Karla Silvestre(Karla.Silvestre@montgomerycountymd.gov). Positions must be filledby July 15th for a September 1, 2011start date. This program is administered by Project Change and offers a living stipend, an education award, health benefits, and a child care allowance. Candidates must be 18 years old and a U.S.citizen or permanent resident. Please see the Project Change website for more details on benefits and eligibility:http://projectchangemaryland.org/.


davisChautauqua 2011, The American Civil War: A House Divided

The Maryland Humanities Council will soon be performing Chautauqua 2011, The American Civil War: A House Divided featuring living history interpretations of Jefferson Davis, Abraham Lincoln, and Harriet Tubman.  They will reflect on their ideas and contributions and engage audiences in lively discussion.  The FREEevent will be at Montgomery College-Germantown.  The schedule is as follows:

7:00 PM music / 7:30 PM performance under the tent
(In case of severe weather, indoor Location is Globe Hall in the
High Technology Building)

Wednesday, July 6         Jefferson Davis
Thursday, July 7            Abraham Lincoln
Friday, July 8                 Harriet Tubman


electionJoin the Election Day Team

The Montgomery County Board of Elections is currently seeking registered voters to serve as Election Judges in the upcoming 2012 Elections in order to provide voters with a courteous and friendly environment in which to vote.  We need volunteers who are willing to be trained to conduct fair and efficient elections. We need volunteers of all party affiliations; however, Republicans and Spanish-speaking Election Judges are always in greatest need.


The Primary Election will be held on April 3, 2012, and the General Election will be held on November 6, 2012. Sign up today to add your name to our database. Training will begin early next year and they will send out enrollment information closer to that time.


Please visit www.777vote.org to get more information regarding our Election Judge Program. You may also e-mail election.judge@montgomerycountymd.gov or call 240-777-8533.

guideMontgomery County's Summer Guide for Recreation And Park Programs Now Available

Registration for summer classes begins on Monday, May 16.  Registration for indoor swim lessons begins May 18 and outdoor pool swim class registration begins on June 6.


Print copies of the Guide are available at recreation centers, park facilities, government buildings and libraries.  Residents who prefer receiving the Guide in the mail can pay an annual subscription fee of $5 to receive a full year of Guides.  To view the Guide online or to sign up for a subscription, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.


The Summer Guide offers a wide variety of classes and programs designed to help participants stay active and have fun.  From aquatics to Zumba, there are hundreds of classes, programs and events planned for the summer. 


Registration is offered in one of four ways:  by mail or fax, online or in person at the Recreation Department Administrative Offices located at 4010 Randolph Rd., Silver Spring.  For more information call 240-777-6840.

foodThe Manna Food Center: Feeding Hope in our Community

Manna Food Center provides the vital service of 3.5 million pounds of perishable and non-perishable foodstuffs yearly to at risk families and children in Montgomery County.  This breaks down to seventy pounds of food, enough sustenance for three to five days per family, per month.  This organization is actively seeking monetary or food donations and is a great place in which to volunteer time and talents.  Please see the informational video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6XF1bCS9fc.

blueprintCounty's "Senior Village Blueprint" Now Available at Libraries

This step-by-step guide created to support communities within Montgomery County--and throughout the region--that want to start a senior Village organization in their neighborhood, is now available at all of the County's public library branches.  Senior "Villages" provide grassroots services to combat social isolation, improve mobility and enhance access to senior-designated services. 


According to an AARP study, nearly 90 percent of adults 50 and older want to stay in their current home and community as they age. The Village movement is a nationwide initiative to support "aging in place." County Executive Ike Leggett has been actively engaged in and committed to supporting the growth of Villages in Montgomery County.


The Village Blueprint is a "how-to" manual on starting, organizing, administering and sustaining a Village.  In addition to public libraries, copies of the Blueprint will be available at the County's five regional service centers.  For an electronic copy, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/bcc and click on the link for "Senior Information."


Or, for more information, call the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center at 240-777-8200.

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

World of Montgomery Festival: Sunday, October 16, 2011. Noon to 5 p.m. in downtown Wheaton. Come celebrate Montgomery County's diversity with a fun afternoon of food, entertainment, and cultural activities. For information, contact Bruce Adams at bruce.adams@montgomerycountymd.gov.


Community Service Day: Saturday, October 22, 2011. All-day with projects throughout Montgomery County. Come to downtown Silver Spring 5 to 8 p.m. for the Silver Anniversary Celebration of Community Service Day. Find more information on the Volunteer Center website




The Latino Network meetings are a forum to exchange community and government resources for the benefit of the general community and in particular for Latino residents of Montgomery County. It is also an opportunity for service providers to network and collaborate on joint efforts and to voice community issues to the County Executive's Office. If you are interested making a presentation about a community resource, please email Karla Silvestre at karla.silvestre@montgomerycountymd.gov.


Down County Latino Network Quarterly Meetings July 20, 2011, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave # 1, Wheaton, MD 20902-2064


County Executive's Latin American Advisory Group, 2nd Wednesday of the month. Please contact Karla Silvestre to check on meeting times and location at 240-777-2525 or karla.silvetre@montgomerycountymd.


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