Office of Community Partnerships - Community Engagement Cluster Newsletter - December 2011, Issue 44
|Montgomery County Employees: The annual Employee Giving Campaign ends this Friday, December 2. Our nonprofit partners need us more now than ever. Be a giver! To contribute online or to download a paper pledge form, click here.|
|One For The Books!|
County Executive's Ball To Benefit Libraries
|Event: Annual County Executive's Ball, "One for the Books" to Benefit Montgomery County's Public Libraries |
Date/Time: Sunday, December 4 at 6 p.m.
Location: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd., Bethesda
|Committee for Montgomery Annual Legislative Breakfast |
|The Committee for Montgomery will hold its Annual Legislative Breakfast on Friday, December 16, 7:00 - 9:30 AM, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, MD 20852. This event is widely recognized as the unofficial kick-off for the 2012 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session.|
This year's keynote speaker is Maryland Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller.
|Gilchrist Anniversary Celebration
|Join County Executive Ike Leggett and Councilmember Nancy Navarro in the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Gilchrist Center's community service and engagement on December 7th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at the Mid-County Regional Services Center, 2424 Reedie Drive in Wheaton, MD.
The Gilchrist Center has provided residents with access to Citizenship Preparation Sessions, ESOL Classes, Computer Literacy Classes, Civic engagement, and provided referrals to services in the County for a culturally diverse population.
To RSVP, call 240-777-4940, or email Gilchrist.Center@montgomerycountymd.gov.
|Gandhi Brigade Free Screening in |
The Gandhi Brigade will host an evening of film and community social action that focuses on the crisis that many immigrants face in their search for higher education. This free event will be held on Monday, December 5th, from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, at the Silver Spring Civic Center, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
The Rights of Butterflies tells the story of an undocumented student in Montgomery County and her struggle to fund and continue her college education due to her legal status. In the documentary, we learn about Katya's personal sacrifices in coming to the United States, her transition into the Silver Spring Area, where she constructs a sense of home, and her perseverance to achieve her ambitions in continuing her education and excelling as a professional.
The film will be screened at 7:00 PM and will follow a reception at 6:30 PM that includes food, screen printing, and information on how you can make a difference and help these students. The film will be followed by a community discussion.
To learn more about the film and event, please call Gandhi Brigade at (301)-588-1399 or visit our website at www.gandhibrigade.org/content/rights-butterflies.
This event is co-sponsored by the Gilchrist Center and the Silver Spring Regional Center.
|Message From The Director:|
Community Service is Alive & Well in Montgomery County!
Where will you serve on MLK Day January 16?
Director, Office of Community Partnerships
Happy December! Best wishes to all of you and to you families for a wonderful holiday season.
2011 continues to be a difficult year for our neighbors most in need, but it could have been much worse if we didn't have so many fantastic volunteers in our community. The best part of my job is seeing extraordinary people doing amazing things to help our community every single day. 2011 has been a banner year for community service in Montgomery County. I'm really proud of the fabulous job done by the Volunteer Center this year in strengthening our culture of giving and serving. Led by Molly Callaway and AmeriCorps member Lucy Yost, our Community Service Week was a great success. So far (we are still counting!), we have documented 26,867 volunteers who put in a total of 50,643 hours at 222 organizations during our October 16-22 Community Service Week. Most significantly, we strengthened our long term capacity to serve during our Silver Anniversary celebration of Community Service Day. Thanks to our partners at TerpSys, we have a robust new website focused on high impact volunteer opportunities on the most important challenges facing County residents. If you haven't already, check it out - www.montgomeryserves.org. Thanks to the Community Foundation, Safeway, Adventist HealthCare, and other generous donors, we have the new Fund for Montgomery led by Cheryl Kagan to raise private dollars to support our community building initiatives and events. And we have thousands of new volunteers inspired to service by our 2011 campaign.
Everyone who cares about the future of Montgomery County should get a copy of the November/December issue of Bethesda Magazine. Publisher Steve Hull and his team have made a marvelous contribution to our understanding of what it means to be poor in Montgomery County. In addition to Gene Meyer's "The Great Divide," there is an outstanding "Guide to Giving" profiling many of our most outstanding nonprofit partners, and a profile of the Community Foundation's Philanthropist of the Year, Somerset Mayor Jeffrey Slavin.
Please put our Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on your calendar for Monday, January 16, 2012. We will be at the Marriott Conference Center in North Bethesda again this year and will have two additional large service sites - one at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville and the other at the Civic Building in Silver Spring. To learn more, register your own organization's MLK Day project, or sign-up to volunteer, please log onto: http://www.montgomeryserves.org/mlk-day-service-2012. Again this January, 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 14-15! Manna will have volunteers 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. To sign up, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Urban and Regional Policy Fellowship Program Call for Applications |
|The German Marshall Fund of the United States is pleased to announce the 2012 Call for Applications for fellowships being offered through its Urban and Regional Policy program. The Urban and Regional Policy Fellowships are open to practitioners and policymakers working on local and state policy in the United States and Europe. Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research projects (of varying length and depth) designed to shed new light on an urban or regional policy challenge by exploring how it has been addressed on the other side of the Atlantic. Fellows return from their time overseas equipped with the ideas and insights necessary to effect significant and lasting change in their own communities.|
The submission deadline for the current round of Fellows will be January 31st, 2012. To learn more and apply for a fellowship, visit: http://www.gmfus.org/cs/cdp/fellowships. If you have further questions, please contact Casey Kuklick at email@example.com.
|Pro Bono Consultant Program Reaches Out to Non-profits and Government Agencies|
|The Pro Bono Consultant Program of the Montgomery County Volunteer Center matches local non-profits & government agencies with professionals who are willing to volunteer their professional services to complete short-term projects with tangible outcomes. The program has volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds who can help with a variety of different aspects of your organization. |
To help organizations understand what kind of projects the consultants participate in, the program will feature current projects in their emails to these organizations. Many times, organizations need help but have difficulty figuring out how to best utilize those available resources. By providing examples, the Pro Bono Program, hopes to help organizations envision the kind of assistance volunteers can provide to organizations.
Currently the program has volunteers with a wide range of professional skills, from Marketing to Finance, Graphic Design and Web Design, Grant Writers and Social Networking Experts, and many more.
To fill out a Project Proposal Form click here and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please contact the Montgomery County Volunteer Center Pro Bono Consultant Program by phone: 240.777.2605 or Fax: 240.777.2601, or email email@example.com. To visit the Montgomery County Volunteer page, go to: www.montgomeryserves.org.
|Asian American and Middle Eastern American Resource Guide
|The Office of Community Partnerships has recently updated its Asian American and Middle Eastern American Resource Guide. The Guide, promotes communication and collaboration among community-based organizations and community partners. To download the PDF version of the guide, click here.|
|Montgomery County Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative Committee Celebration |
|2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Tribute and Celebration |
Living the Legacy: We are all part of the Dream
On January 16, 2012, under the auspices of the County Executive, Mr. Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County will celebrate and pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program will be held at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5701 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Maryland beginning at 4:00 PM. The program is free of cost. However, to attend the program, persons are required to obtain tickets from the box-office at Strathmore.
The program will consist of proclamations, recognition and literary arts awards, visual arts displays, and creative performances. Additionally, the final segment of the program will highlight the diversity of Montgomery County including people who live, work and study in the County. A Parade of Nations - people of various ethnicities and culture will depict "our oneness". In fulfilling the 2012 theme, Living the Legacy: We are all part of the Dream, the planning and implementation committee is extending a special invitation to you and your organization to contribute to the program by not only being in the audience but also by identifying members who may be able to participate in the closing item.
We are seeking two (2) participants from your organization/group or an individual for the parade. The people walking in the parade will include persons of any gender or age who will need to wear their native attire as appropriate. One person will be asked to carry the flag of his/her native country. People who do not have identified native attire will be asked to wear formal/appropriate attire.
On Monday, January 9th at 6:00 PM there will be a rehearsal at the Music Center at Strathmore. The participants will not need to wear their native attire during this rehearsal, but will be asked to bring the flag of their native-land and be prepared to be at the Music Center for an hour. Please respond by December 9, 2011 with the names of your selected participants, country of origin and whether you/they will be able to bring your native flag. If you are Native American Indian, you may bring the flag/item of your tribal nation.
We look forward to your participation in the 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Tribute and Celebration - Living the Legacy: We are all part of the Dream.
|Volunteers Needed to "Wrap for Literacy" at Barnes & Noble|
|The Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL) needs 30 volunteers to work 2-3 hour shifts, wrapping purchases made at Barnes & Noble locations in Bethesda, Rockville and Gaithersburg, starting December 3rd. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Heather Ritchie, at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, location and schedule preferences, and contact information (cell phone - preferred and email).|
Dates and Locations:
Saturday & Sunday, December 3rd-4th, 9am to 10pm
Barnes and Noble - Bethesda
4801 Bethesda Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Store phone number: (301) 986-1761
Wednesday, December 7th, 9am to 10pm
Barnes and Noble - Gaithersburg
at the Washingtonian Center
21 Grand Corner Ave. Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Store phone number: 301-721-0860
Thursday and Friday, December 15-16th, 4pm to 10pm
Barnes and Noble - Rockville
12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
Store phone number: 301-881-0237
Montgomery County Libraries Release 2011 Report to the Community
|Customers are increasingly using libraries for more than checking out books. They depend on libraries for access to the Internet; job searching and resume writing tips; meeting spaces; the latest technology know-how. Yet, libraries were challenged with doing more with less. Read about the innovative solutions County libraries have put into action to provide the excellent customer service residents deserve.|
Follow the link below, and see what the library system has accomplished this year!
2011 Report to the Community.
|County Executive Leggett Seeks Applicants to Fill Vacancies on Commission on Aging
|County Executive Isiah Leggett is seeking applicants to fill six vacancies on the Commission on Aging. Applicants must be County residents, and seniors and non-seniors are encouraged to apply. For purposes of the Commission on Aging, "senior" is defined as age 60 or older.|
Serving as an advocate on behalf of older persons in the County, the Commission advises the County Executive, the County Council and various Montgomery County Departments on the concerns and needs of seniors.
Members serve three-year terms without compensation, but are eligible for reimbursement for travel and dependent care for meetings attended. Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 401 Hungerford Drive in Rockville, First Floor Conference Room, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Commission members are expected to serve on a committee of the Commission as well. Each committee meets once a month, during the day.
Applicants of diverse backgrounds, professions, gender, geography, disability and ethnicity are encouraged to apply. An application, consisting of a brief cover letter and resume, should be sent by mail to County Executive Isiah Leggett, 101 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor, Rockville, MD 20850, or by email to email@example.com. Home and employment addresses, as well as contact phone numbers and email addresses should be included. If appropriate, applicants should indicate the position for which they are applying.
The deadline for application is December 14, 2011.
Manny Hidalgo Recipient of Meyer Foundation Award
|Manny Hidalgo, of the Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), was the recipient of the Meyer Foundation 2011 Exponent Awards, which recognizes excellent nonprofit executive directors. As recipient of this award, Hidalgo received $100,000 to support leadership development in his organization.
The son of Cuban immigrants, Manny Hidalgo leads an organization that equips Latino and other DC-area residents with the skills and financial tools to create a better future for their families and communities. LEDC helps people buy and stay in their homes, take control of the decisions affecting their apartment buildings, and start or expand small businesses. LEDC was one of the first nonprofits in the region to respond to the foreclosure crisis, and the organization now has four full-time foreclosure counselors in Montgomery County working with hundreds of families each year.
To find out more about this organization visit their website at: www.ledcmetro.org.
|Jeffrey Slavin Recognized as Philanthropist of the Year
|Somerset Mayor Jeffrey Slavin was named by The Community Foundation for Montgomery County as Philanthropist of the Year for his many charitable acts, which include: managing his family's charitable foundation, the Sanford and Doris Slavin Foundation; connecting possible donors to local charities and getting those donors to actually donate time and money toward helping the people of Montgomery County.
The Community Foundation for Montgomery County was founded in 1996 as an organization to encourage charitable giving in Montgomery County through helping individuals set up charitable giving funds, advising on philanthropic services and acting as a philanthropic leader in the community.
The foundation focuses on charitable giving close to home, because while Montgomery County may be considered by some to be a county of wealth, there are still many county residents in need, pointed out Cokie Roberts, who acted as co-Master of Ceremonies with her husband, Steve Roberts.
Slavin is known throughout Montgomery County and the Washington, DC region as a leader who will not take "no" for an answer when it comes to helping out the community.
"I hereby instruct everyone in this audience to do something-join a board, donate, volunteer some of your time," Slavin commanded at the end of his acceptance speech-which he told in the form of a fairy tale-because, with everyone helping out the community whenever, wherever and however they can, "I know that we can all live happily every after," Slavin concluded.
Read more about Slavin's charitable work in "Man of Persuasion," by Amy Reinink, published in the November edition of Bethesda Magazine. Click here to read.
|Montgomery County's Annual Diwali Festival Celebrated |
Pictured (L-R): Dr. Suresh K. Gupta, Sheela Rajasekhara (face blocked), County Executive Leggett, Dr. Suresh C. Gupta, Benoy Thomas, Vijay Bilugali, Raj Khera, Tufail Ahmad, State Senator Karen Montgomery (D-14), Uma Ahluwalia (Director of Health and Human Services), Lily Qi (Special Projects Manager), State Delegate James Gilchrist (D-17), and Ava Gupta.
County Executive Ike Leggett made keynote remarks at Montgomery County's annual Diwali Festival and presented a proclamation to the volunteers, sponsors and supporters of the event, held on Tuesday, October 25th at the Executive Office Building. Diwali is a traditional holiday celebrated by people of Indian and South Asian heritage between October and November.
|Founder of African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation Honored by Montgomery County Council |
Councilmember Nancy Navarro and Council President Valerie Ervin lead the congratulations for Wanjiru Kamau, recipient of "Purpose Prize."
Wanjiru Kamau, founder of the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation (AIRF) that helps immigrants with a variety of needs as they adjust to life in America, was honored by the Montgomery County Council on November 15th after she was named one of five national winners of a $100,000 "Purpose Prize." Financed by the Atlantic Philanthropies and John Templeton Foundation, the award is sponsored by Civic Ventures, a San Francisco think tank that honors age 60-plus Americans for innovative efforts to solve society's most pressing problems. Since the founding of AIRF in 2000, Dr. Kamau's foundation has helped more than 6,000 immigrants from 45 countries.
|Eat Out and Help Your Organization! |
|The Fire Station-1 Restaurant and Brewing Company in downtown Silver Spring has a 15% fund raising program that is open to all area non-profit and community groups to participate in. The program encourages groups to hold their meetings, parties, team building and other functions at the Fire Station-1 and receive 15% to put towards your fund raising efforts. The Fire Station-1 is located at 8131 Georgia Ave. Contact Christine Knisley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-585-1370 and mention the CVC to arrange your next event. To view their flyer on Facebook, click here.|
|Absentee Ballot Applications For Primary Now Available |
|Voters may now request an application to vote by absentee ballot for the Presidential Primary Election on Election Day (April 3, 2012).|
To obtain the application electronically, visit the Board of Elections website at www.777vote.org, and select Absentee Voting. Follow the instructions for completing the application which may be mailed or, if already a registered voter, faxed (240-777-8560) or e-mailed to the Board at email@example.com. To obtain an application for another person, please call 240-777-8550 for detailed information.
The deadline for receipt of your completed application for an absentee ballot by mail is March 27, 2012 at 8:00 PM, or 11:59 PM. if requesting via fax or e-mail. After that date, absentee ballot applications may be requested in person at the Board office, 18753 N. Frederick Avenue, Suite 210, in Gaithersburg. The office is open from 8:30 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday, Saturday, March 10, from 1 to 5PM, and on Saturday, March 24th, from 9 M to 8 PM, and Saturday, March 31st from 10 AM to 4 PM.
|Fundraiser For Exploratory Trip to Gondar, Ethiopia |
Ethiopian Community Fundraiser
Senior Fellow & Liaison to African and Caribbean Communities
On Sunday November 20, 2011, the Ethiopian community organized a fundraiser to fund an exploratory trip to Gondar, Ethiopia before the official ceremonial trip, which will include County Executive Leggett, County Officials, members from Montgomery College, and the County's Public School system. Gondar, Ethiopia was selected as a result of a six month process after nine African communities in Montgomery County (Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, DRC, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya) competed to partner with the County and become the first Africa Sister City.
Gondar, Ethiopia was once the old imperial capital and capital of the historic Begemder Province. Based on figures from the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, Gondar has an estimated total population of 194,773 of whom 97,625 are men and 97,148 are women. The three largest ethnic groups reported in Gondar Zuria were the Amhara (88.91%), the Tigrayan (6.74%), and the Qemant (2.37%); all other ethnic groups made up 1.98% of the population. Amharic was spoken as a first language by 94.57%, and 4.67% spoke Tigrinya; the remaining 0.76% spoke all other primary languages reported. 83.31% adhered to Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, and 15.83% of the population said they were Muslim. There is now also a sizable number of Ethiopian Jews, some of whom live in temporary camps, hoping to immigrate to Israel. This event was sponsored by Abyssinia Restaurant: Wonder Automotive: Langano Ethiopian Restaurant: Zelalem Injera: Dashen Ethiopian Grocery Store: Shashemene Ethiopian Restaurant: Fasil Ethiopian Restaurant: Adamas Travel Agency: and Ethiopian Airlines.
|Washington Revels Company Presents Andalusian Treasures|
|Celebrate the legacy of the extraordinary flowering of arts and culture that began in medieval Andalusia, and honor the symbol that it has become (however imperfect and uneven the reality) of the ideal of a greater tolerance and acceptance among different religions and cultures.
Don't miss this festive, fully-staged holiday celebration rich with color and pageantry, by the acclaimed Washington Revels company, which features Jewish, Arabic and Spanish music, dance and drama. Eight performances, December 3-4 and 9-11 (matinees and evenings), at the George Washington Lisner Auditorium
, 21st and H Streets NW, Washington DC. For more information about this event and to buy tickets visit http://www.revelsdc.org/revels2011/
|Free Community Immigration Workshop|
Ewe Church of America and Universal Evangelical Church will host an Immigration Workshop on December 4, at 4:00 PM. Come and learn how to choose a competent immigration attorney and how to avoid immigration consultant scams. Guest speaker will be Loide Rosa Jorge, a U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law Attorney. Ewe Church of America is located at 12800 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20904. For more information, call: 301-768-9807.
Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture Public Meeting
|The Commission on African American History and Culture will hold a public meeting at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, 1101 Smithville Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, on Monday, December 5, at 10:00 AM. Ms. Ja-Zette Marshburn, recipient of the Inaugural
Walter Hill Fellowship in Archives, will make a special presentation.
Registration is encouraged, but not required. To make a reservation, or to be added to the agenda, please contact Mr. LeRonn Herbert by December 1, at: 410-216-6187. or email LHerbert@GOCI.state.md.us.
Limited parking is available on Smithville Street; ample parking is available in county lot behind Wiley H. Bates Heritage Park.
|Interfaith Works Empty Bowls Fundraiser|
|On December 7, 2011, Interfaith Works will present Empty Bowls 2011 as part|
of an international project started in 1990 to fight hunger locally.
You can be part of the solution by sharing a simple dinner of hearty soup and bread prepared and donated by local chefs and served in handcrafted bowls donated by local artists and students.
The bowl is yours to select and keep as a reminder of the many bowls that remain empty...even in Montgomery County.
Wednesday, December 7th
6:30 - 8:30 PM
VisArts at Rockville Town Center
115 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD
Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 children 12 and under.
|Gilchrist Center to Host Free Citizenship Information Session|
|The Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity will present a Citizenship Information Session on Thursday, December 8th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, at Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Suite 1100, Room 5, Germantown, Md 20874. |
The session will provide information on Citizenship requirements and eligibility, Citizenship preparation classes, legal resources, as well as the benefits of becoming a U.S. Citizen.
For more information about this session, or to learn about other classes that are being offered at the Gilchrist Center, including ESOL classes and pro bono legal clinics,
call Patricia Larson at 240-777-6950.
|Rockville Women's Business Center Workshop on Social Media|
|The Center will offer a workshop on how to expand your business using social media. Find out how you can use Facebook, Twitter, and Linked-in to expand your network and improve your business prospects on Friday, December 9th, 10:30 AM to noon. The fee for this workshop is $5.00 and you may register for the event here.|
The Center is located at 95 Monroe St., Rockville, MD 20850. To find out about more workshops offered by the Center, contact Lori Gillen at 301-315-8096.
|Latino Fiesta! |
Fundraiser for Sister City, Morazan, El Salvador, at Montgomery College, Takoma Park
The Sister Cities El Salvador Committee and the Association for Educational Development of El Salvador - ADEES will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, December 10th, 6:00 PM to 12:00 midnight, to send medical equipment and books to Morazan, El Salvador. This event will feature a traditional Salvadoran dinner, and the live music of Grupo Lovos from Morazan, El Salvador, and much more, including a raffle. Tickets are $25.
Montgomery College, Takoma Park Campus
7625 Fenton Street
Student Development Center (Corner of Fenton Street and New York Avenue)
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Free parking in the garage on the corner of Fenton and King Streets, or in the parking lot on the corner of Fenton and Takoma Avenue.
For tickets and more information call: 240-777-2525
|The International Cultural Center Seeks Volunteers for |
"Youth Against Hunger"
|The International Cultural Center (ICC) invites you to participate in the community service program:|
"Youth Against Hunger"
On December 10th, we continue our monthly project to make a total of 2011 sandwiches this year for local shelters in the greater Washington, DC area.
Youth, young professionals and parents are welcome to join in! (All Youth volunteers will receive community service hours)
Saturday, December 10th, 2011
4:30-6:30 PM *Snacks Provided*
19650 Clubhouse Road, Montgomery Village, MD 20886 - Suite 205 (*Upstairs)
Questions or for donations contact Rabia or Samia at 240-396-5350 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Councilmember Riemer to Host Town Hall Forum
|Councilmember Riemer's Solutions Forum will be held at the Richard Montgomery High School Cafeteria on Monday, December 12th at 7:00 PM. This event, which will focus on solving problems, encourages residents to voice their concerns about issues affecting them, whether it be Education, Economic Development, Transportation, Libraries, Youth Engagement, or a host of other topics.|
Richard Montgomery High School is located at 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville, MD 20852.
To RSVP for the event, send an email to: email@example.com.
International Boys and Girls Multi-Cultural Pageant
|Racines Heritage Foundation (RHF) will hold Little Malaika International Boys & Girls Multi-Cultural Pageant, the first annual children's competition promoting diversity, cultural heritage and multi-cultural exchange.|
Children age 6 to 10 will act as ambassadors of their cultural heritage through parade of flags, talent show and traditional wear showcase.
The event is expected to bring together children from diverse cultural backgrounds including African and Hispanic, with performances from Hawaii, India, Africa, America and much more.
An event geared towards compassion, solidarity and empowerment, Little Malaika International will help raise funds and resources for scholarships to support girls' education and children with Autism in poverty-stricken communities in Côte d'Ivoire, a country in West Africa recovering from war.
Little Malaika International will take place on Saturday December 17th from 2pm to 5pm at the auditorium of the Universities at Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.
Winners will receive cash and prizes and all participants will be recognized.
To purchase ticket or for more information, visit the website: www.littlemalaika.com or call 202-379-5872.
$5: children 12 and under
$10: General admission: $10
$25: Family or four
$30: VIP ticket