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Office of Community Partnerships - Community Engagement Cluster 

May 2012
, Issue 49

In This Issue

Videos from Montgomery Serves Awards Event 
Montgomery Serves Awards 2012 - Comcast Newsmakers Video
Montgomery Serves Awards 2012 - Comcast Newsmakers Video
CRTW 107 May 4:  Montgomery Serves Awards
County Report This Week
CRTW 106 April 27th Spanish
County Report This Week

tasteTaste of Wheaton - Sunday May 20

Taste of Wheaton highlights the deliciously diverse restaurants in downtown Wheaton. The 17th annual event will take place on Sunday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Wheaton Triangle at the corner of Grandview Avenue and Reedie Drive in downtown Wheaton (one block north of the Wheaton Metro station).   Click here for more information.
DirectorMessage from the Director:

Inaugural Montgomery Serves Awards

Recognize the Best of Montgomery  

Bruce Adams

Director, Office of Community Partnerships


On April 30th, Montgomery County recognized the extraordinary commitment and dedication of individuals, businesses, community-based organizations, and youth whose work has made a positive difference in Montgomery County.  I was really impressed with both the quality and quantity of the 90+ nominations we received for the Neal Potter Path of Achievement Awards and for the 2011 Montgomery Serves Awards. Our Inaugural Montgomery Serves Awards event at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, with nearly 400 attendees, was a wonderful celebration of our community's extraordinary commitment to service and volunteerism. The County's Volunteer Center, Corporate Volunteer Council, and the Fund for Montgomery took the lead in organizing the event.


County Executive Ike Leggett awarded the very first "Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award," modeled after the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, posthumously to Roscoe Nix for his half century of service to Montgomery County. Roscoe's daughters Susan Nix Webster and Veretta T. Nix traveled from Georgia and Michigan to receive the tribute for their amazing dad who was a major architect of the modern Montgomery County. Ambassador and former Member of Congress Connie Morella and business leader Chuck Lyons were the other inaugural Nix honorees selected by County Executive Ike Leggett.


Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown joined County Executive Ike Leggett, emcee Andrea Roane of W*USA9, and Fund for Montgomery's Cheryl Kagan on stage to congratulate all the winners, including the two community stalwarts who were selected for the Neal Potter Path of Achievement Award - Tufail Ahmad, who works daily to bridge the gap between Muslim Americans and the larger community, and education, fair housing, and human rights activist Ruby Rubens.


Phanna Iamlek, a senior at Sherwood High School, won the Youth Service Award logging well more than 1,000 volunteer hours at Winter Growth (an adult day care center), MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, Olney Library, and Brookside Gardens.


Southern Management Corporation won the Business Service Award for transforming the dignity of the experience for the homeless clients of Shepherd's Table through improved landscaping and building improvements.


Frank Ierardi won the Individual Service Award for his volunteer work with Woodworkers for Children, Reading is Terrific, Seneca Creek Greenway Trail Coalition, and the RSVP-AARP Tax Aide program.


Meals on Wheels of Wheaton won the Organization Service Award. Founded by church volunteers 40 years ago, the nearly all-volunteer group delivers nutritious meals to 80 homebound residents five days each week.


Montgomery Serves Awards 2012 Winners
Participants at the recent Montgomery Serves Awards event included (l. to r.) County Executive Isiah Leggett; Cheryl Kagan, Fund for Montgomery; BeBe Hernandez, Southern Management Corporation; Tufail Ahmad; Ruby Rubens; Mary O'Brien, Meals on Wheels of Wheaton; Richard Lashley, Southern Management Corporation; Phanna Iamlek; Ruth Wise, Meals on Wheels of Wheaton; Frank Ierardi; Susan Nix Webster and Veretta T. Nix on behalf of Roscoe R. Nix; Ambassador Connie Morella; and Charles "Chuck" Lyons


Many thanks to Cheryl Kagan of the Fund for Montgomery and her fantastic team of volunteers and sponsors who made this wonderful event such a great success. See videos on the left toolbar. For more information about the event, honorees, and sponsors click here
AmeriCorpsAmeriCorps Positions Available

Spend a year of service supporting the work of the Community Engagement Cluster within County Government.  Positions available in Germantown, Wheaton, Silver Spring, Rockville and East County. Work with a Regional Center Director, serve as Site Coordinator for a Gilchrist Center satellite, help with community building events, or manage the Volunteer Language Bank. Job descriptions available upon request.


AmeriCorps, often called America's "Domestic Peace Corps," was founded in 1993. AmeriCorps members serve one-year assignments. Members receive a living stipend, health insurance, an education scholarship, training, and a life-enriching experience.  To be eligible to enroll in AmeriCorps, an individual must: 

  • be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national or a lawful permanent resident alien of the U.S.;
  • be at least 18 years old;
  • have a high school diploma or GED.

Interested in learning more?  Please contact Kaori Hirakawa at or by calling 240-777-4958.

Current AmeriCorps members with County Executive Ike Leggett during orientation.
MosaicNew County Cable Show Focuses on

African American Community in Montgomery County

Montgomery County's Office of Public Information (PIO) has launched its newest show, "Mosaic: An African American Perspective," on County Cable Montgomery.


The 30-minute show, which will be produced monthly, is hosted by Deborah Milo and will feature a different topic each month. The flagship show focuses on the life and legacy of the late Roscoe Nix, a civil rights leader, NAACP president, and past member of the Montgomery County Board of Education. Special guests Odessa Shannon, Ruby Rubens and Dr. Paul Vance discuss their personal memories of Nix and his legacy of leadership as a fearless and tireless advocate for educational excellence and social, economic and political justice.


Future episodes will focus on the Office of Human Rights' annual civil rights bus tour and interviews with African American leaders in the community.


"Mosaic: An African American Perspective" can be seen on Channel 6 on the Comcast and RCN cable systems and Channel 30 on Verizon. For a schedule of show times or to view it online, visit the County's homepage at, click on County Cable 6, and go to Schedules and/or Programs.

malikaMallika Pichumani Honored for Work on Days of Commemoration 

Days of Commemoration Photo


Mallika Pichumani of Montgomery County Public Libraries was honored on May 3 at a meeting of the Committee for Ethnic Affairs for her leadership role in compiling Montgomery County's Days of Commemoration. Bruce Adams of the Office of Community Partnerships presented Ms. Pichumani with a Certificate of Appreciation from County Executive Ike Leggett. In recognition of Montgomery County's religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity and in respect for the diversity of the County's own workforce, the County Council passed and the County Executive signed legislation in 2006 to designate certain days of commemoration relating to the religious, ethnic, and cultural heritage of County residents.


Ms. Pichumani does all the research to keep the calendar up-to-date for the County. To view the Days of Commemoration, click here. If you have any suggested additions or corrections, please send them to:

 correctionsVolunteer Appreciation Ceremony at
Montgomery County Correctional Facility

The Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony on April 26 at Montgomery County Correctional Facility (MCCF) in Clarksburg had over 160 community members in attendance. This annual recognition event included dinner and a music and dance program with poetry presentations all focusing on commending volunteers at MCCF.

MCCF Volunteer Appreciation


According to Arthur Wallenstein, Director of the Department of Corrections, "The volunteer effort really covers every community in Montgomery County - has a strong diversity and multilingual context and covers programs from faith community focused through literature, poetry and the arts and everything in between... It should be remembered that MCCF is a maximum security correctional environment and every single volunteer is properly screened with a background review and ongoing supervision and accountability. At the same time they are bringing expertise that is quite extraordinary. It supports inmate growth and development, offers a safer environment by providing meaningful activity and programs, and supporting the efforts of staff members all over the facility."   

 Corrections Volunteer Recognition Event

To find out more about volunteering with Corrections, contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Christine Delcid at 240-777-9898 or

MCAELMCAEL Welcomes New Executive Director

Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL) has announced that Kathy Stevens will join MCAEL as its new executive director on May 29, 2012. Stevens will head a nonprofit organization that supports literacy to promote a strong workforce and healthy communities. Incorporated in 2006, with the support of county leaders, MCAEL works with 60 literacy service providers, who make instruction available at low cost or free to the over 132,000 limited English proficient-and native English speaking residents in the county.


Stevens has devoted her career and volunteer work to higher education and nonprofits. Since 2007, she has worked at Montgomery College, where she currently serves as Annual Fund Director. Also, she has worked as a senior executive of an international, non-profit membership organization and as an employment lawyer. An active community member, Stevens chairs the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board and serves on the boards of Montgomery Women and Impact Silver Spring. She also is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery and Impact Silver Spring's Community Empowerment Program.


"Kathy Stevens is a well known community leader. She'll be an excellent ambassador of the message that literacy is the crux of our county's future success," said immediate past Board President Aryani Ong. "Over the last year, MCAEL has been working with providers to shine the spotlight on the learners and around our work to raise a literacy community. Kathy also will raise the visibility of those efforts."


MCAEL sponsors professional training and networking sessions, administers grants, collects data and advocates for the benefit of providers. Providers comprise nonprofits, church, civic and volunteer groups, and community centers. Learners range as diverse as mothers to seniors and laborers to professionals.


MCAEL's board also announced new leadership. Aryani Ong, the organization's third and longest running board president, stepped down May 1. She joined MCAEL in 2006.Two founding board members - Dr. Clarice Somersall and Rich Thometz - also departed, each after 10 years of service. Josh Jeffries and Tiffany Heath are serving as co-board presidents.


MCAEL is dedicated to strengthening the county-wide adult English literacy network with resources, training, collaborations and advocacy to support a thriving community and an optimal workforce. For more information, see or contact 301-881-3177.

VolunteerstarsLeader Nonprofits Say Effective Volunteer Engagement is Key 

Download the new Volunteer Engagement Stars report by Volunteer Frontier and the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. Get practical, real-life examples of how nonprofits are dynamically engaging volunteers in new ways to deliver bottom-line results. 

BoardofEdBoard of Education Seeks Comments on Informational Material 
The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking community comment regarding revisions to Board Policy CNA, Informational Material and Announcements. This policy guides and informs the public and staff about the procedures for displaying and distributing printed informational materials and announcements in schools.


Among the proposed revisions, non-profit organizations would still be allowed to distribute flyers and other printed materials in elementary schools, but such distribution would no longer be permitted in middle schools and high schools. The school system, government agencies and parent-teacher associations would still be allowed to distribute printed informational materials in all schools at any time during the year.


A copy of the draft policy is available through the Department of Public Information and Web Services by calling 301-279-3853. You also can access the documents on the MCPS website.


Individuals who wish to provide comments should respond in writing by Wednesday, May 30, 2012. All responses should be sent to the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, 850 Hungerford Drive, Room 122, Rockville, Maryland 20850 or sent by email to the Board of Education at All responses will be shared with the Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools.


All responses will be shared with the Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools.

TownHallExecutive Isiah Leggett at Montgomery-Prince George's Youth Town Hall Meeting

On Saturday, April 14, 2012, young men and women from Montgomery County and Prince George's County organized a Stamp Out Violence town hall meeting at The Mirage Hall on University Blvd close to the Montgomery - Prince George's borderline. County Executive Leggett was the keynote speaker and he talked about Montgomery County's Positive Youth Development Initiative. County Executive Leggett stated that both County leaders are committed to create a supportive, violence-free community for children, youth and families where young people are valued, treated with dignity and given opportunities to realize their full potential.  He added that Montgomery County and its partners are responding to the urgent need to reach out to support youth who are faced with challenges including gang involvement, poverty, and pressure to engage in risky behaviors.  Multiple agencies throughout the county are working actively together to engage youth and families positively and to prevent and address youth violence and gang activity and they are using various methods to respond to these challenges, which include positive youth development and gang intervention and suppression. 


Ms. Yolanda Thompson, Esq., an attorney based in Silver Spring and member of the County Executive's African Affairs Advisory Group, spoke to the Office of Community Partnerships in Montgomery County about series of cross-border violence in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties and the latest victim to this violence is 34 year old African immigrant. Authorities say he was involved in a fight on March 18, was stabbed and later died at the hospital. The medical examiner's office ruled the death a homicide and Prince Georges County police said two suspects, 26-year-old and 36-year-old (both African immigrants), are being held in connection with the death.


The organizers were very pleased when over 200 young men and women attended the town hall meeting to discuss and address this urgent matter and then come up with solutions together with a strong commitment to stamp out violence within the community.

NonprofitNonprofit Energy Alliance Saves $141,000 

The Nonprofit Energy Alliance today announced the results of the fifth group of nonprofit organizations in Montgomery County and its neighboring jurisdictions that organized in order to negotiate for cheaper and greener electricity. The alliance is an initiative of the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Nonprofit Montgomery and the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington launched by necessity as the economic recession fueled the need to reduce fixed costs as a way to maintain programs and services.


The 30 participants of NONPROFIT ENERGY ALLIANCE V include nine new organizations: Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, MD; Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center; Hospice Caring; Family Services, Inc.; American Dance Institute; Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School; Housing Counseling Services; NAMI Montgomery County; and The Family Place; and 21 organizations renewing from previous rounds: Manna Food Center; Community Forklift; Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School; Imagination Stage; GUIDE Program; Housing Unlimited, Inc.; Jewish Council for the Aging; the Nonprofit Village; River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation; Appleseed Foundation; Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless; Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School; Manna, Inc.; National Capital Historical Museum of Transportation Inc.; Mobile Medical Care; Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Silver Spring; Montgomery Hospice; Two Rivers Public Charter School; Mental Health Association; St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church; and InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington.


"It seemed too good to be true, but NPEA has indeed enabled us to get greener and save money in our health clinics." - Peter F. Lowet, Executive Director, MobileMed


"Being part of the Non-Profit Energy Alliance has been a real life saver. The funds that we will be saving on energy are resources that we can use to help grow our programs and serve our community." - Jose Dominguez, Executive Director, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center


The participants of NONPROFIT ENERGY ALLIANCE V came together to use their collective purchasing power to not only secure competitive electricity supply at lower cost, but to protect the environment and build a greener economy by supporting clean sources of energy. Collectively, the aggregated total savings compared to current Standard Offer Service (SOS) Rates is approximately $141,000 over an average one year period. The aggregated total Wind Power purchased is about 11.7 million KWh, which is equivalent to offsetting 17,894,392 pounds of Carbon Dioxide or to taking 1,592 passenger vehicles off the road for an entire year.


"Non-Profit Energy Alliance provided our school with a hassle-free means to buy clean energy and model environmental responsibility for our students." - David Schlossman, Chief Operating Officer, Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School


"Imagination Stage has found working with Clean Currents to be THE simplest and easiest utility contract we have. They are responsive and helpful. The service is less expensive and good for the planet - it is difficult to find a better relationship." - Brett Ashley Crawford Ph.D., Managing Director, Imagination Stage


NONPROFIT ENERGY ALLIANCE I, II, III, IV and V participants arranged their purchase of clean and renewable energy from Clean Currents. Formal agreements for the provision of energy remains between each of the individual participant organizations and Clean Currents, a leading independent green energy company providing affordable, renewable wind electricity. For more information, visit


About Nonprofit Energy Alliance

The NONPROFIT ENERGY ALLIANCE came together in the spring of 2010. The Alliance is not a formal or contractual group, but an alliance of like-minded nonprofits who have joined together to enhance their negotiating power for clean energy and help build a greener economy. The Non-Profit Energy Alliance is organized by Nonprofit Montgomery, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington. The Nonprofit Energy Alliance was honored to have been chosen as a recipient of Washingtonian Magazine's 2012 Green Awards.


About Nonprofit Montgomery

Nonprofit Montgomery is an interactive network of nonprofits of all types working to promote the collective interests of the nonprofit community. Nonprofit Montgomery's mission is to build collective strength, visibility, & influence of the nonprofit sector in Montgomery County in order to create a just and caring community. For more information go to


About the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

Since 1976, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County has been Montgomery County's designated local arts agency, committed to providing non-profit organizations, artists and scholars with the resources they need to continually bring quality arts and humanities to this community. Our vision is to provide leadership that sustains arts and humanities organizations, artists and scholars and inspires participation in our County's rich cultural assets. For more information go to and for our cultural calendar, go to


About the Nonprofit Roundtable

The Nonprofit Roundtable works to build the strength, visibility, and influence of the nonprofit community in order to create a more just and caring community in Greater Washington. Roundtable membership includes advocacy organizations, direct service providers, grantmakers, and corporate partners all working together to solve regional problems. Some signature initiatives include the Beyond the Walls Fellowship and Future Executive Directors Fellowship; the Capital Area Foreclosure Network; and the Think Twice Before You Slice Campaign. For more information go to

About Clean Currents

Clean Currents is a leading independent green energy company providing residents & businesses in Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania with affordable, renewable, wind electricity and solar installations. For more information go to


Hope Burness Gleicher


at the Nonprofit Village

12320 Parklawn Drive,Rockville, MD 20852

CalendarCommunity Calendar
Small Business Seminar at Germantown Library
Presentation Comparing U.S. Health Care Status with Nations that have Universal Health Care Systems

A Comparison of U.S. Health Care Status and Cost with Nations that have Universal Health Care Systems. 


Can We Have Good Healthcare at Lower Cost?


Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Lawton Community Recreation Center 

4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase

Community Room

(Parking available and close to Bethesda Metro)


Speaker Dr. David Rabin, MD, M.P.H.  

Open to the public, no reservation necessary.

Bring brown bag lunch, soft drinks available from a machine.


While the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) is landmark health legislation and should be maintained and fully implemented, it does not contain health care costs, which affect the economic well being of the nation.


Less fully known is that U.S. Health status and care delivery have worsened over time relative to comparable nations. Current and proposed policies increasing fiscal barriers to health care will increase these trends by recognizing needed care. They will not contain system costs of increasing chronic disease, accounting for most health care expenditures.

While the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) is landmark health legislation which should be maintained and fully implemented, it does not contain health care costs which affect the nation's well being.

May 18 is Bike to Work Day in Montgomery County 

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett has proclaimed May 18 as Bike to Work Day in Montgomery County, joining jurisdictions nationwide in the annual celebration to encourage bicycle commuting. Bike commuting not only has exercise benefits, it also is an effective way to improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion and noise, and conserve energy. For most trips of less than five miles, commuting by bicycle may take about the same amount of time as traditional transportation options. For longer trips, riders can combine Ride On, which has bike racks on the front of all buses, with bicycle commuting.


"I encourage residents and employees to give bicycle commuting a try, and for those who are already using this alternative transportation, I commend you for your contributions to the health and welfare of our community," said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. "Through our bicycle and pedestrian safety programs, we are creating a safer environment for those looking for alternatives to using their cars. Bicycle commuting helps improve the quality of life of communities by enhancing air quality, reducing traffic congestion, conserving energy and reducing traffic noise."


To celebrate Bike to Work Day, Montgomery County Commuter Services invites all residents and employees to visit one of the County's 13 Pit Stop sites, which will be sponsoring events Friday morning. The pit stops are listed below:

  • Downtown Silver Spring, Discovery Communications, One Discovery Place, Georgia and Wayne avenues, 6:30 to 9 a.m.
  • White Oak, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) campus, FDA Historic Building #1 (in the circle), entrance off New Hampshire Avenue and Mahan Road, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, 7 to 9 a.m.
  •  Bethesda, Reed Street (corner of Woodmont and Bethesda avenues near the Capital Crescent Trail), 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.
  • North Bethesda, White Flint Mall, 11301 Rockville Pike, entrance in front of Bertucci's Italian Restaurant, 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.
  • Bethesda, National Institutes of Health in front of Building One, 1 Center Drive, main campus, 7 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Bethesda, National Institutes of Health, 6116 Executive Boulevard, at the picnic tables to the left upon entering Executive Plaza, 8 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Naval Support Activity Bethesda, South Gate near the Helipad, 8901 Rockville Pike, 6 to 9 a.m.
  • Downtown Rockville, Rockville Town Center in front of Regal Theatre, 199 East Montgomery Avenue, 7 to 9 a.m.
  • Rockville, Fallsgrove Transit Center, 521 Fallsgrove Drive, 7 to 9 a.m.
  • Rock Springs Business Park, Marriott International Headquarters 10400 Fernwood Road, 6:30 to 9 a.m.
  • Downtown Takoma Park /Old Takoma, Takoma Urban Park (Gazebo), 7035 Carroll Avenue, 6 to 9 a.m.
  • Takoma Park, New Avenue at Sligo Creek Trail, Sligo Creek Trail and New Hampshire Avenue crossing (east side), 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Takoma / Langley Crossroads, Starbucks, 7690 New Hampshire Avenue, 7 to 9:30 a.m.

Pit Stop celebrations will include free refreshments and giveaways. Free raffle prizes include t-shirts and bicycles for those who pre-register at or by calling 240-773-2989.

Montgomery County provides and promotes a comprehensive and balanced transportation program that includes a wide variety of transit, ridesharing, bicycling, pedestrian and teleworking options for residents, businesses, employees and visitors. These alternative modes of transportation are effective and efficient commuting solutions, reducing pollution and transportation costs, helping address climate change concerns, and ensuring the economic and environmental vitality of communities.


For more information about commuting options in the County, contact Commuter Services at or call 240-773-2989. Or, stop in at one of the County's TRiPS Commuter Stores, located in downtown Silver Spring, 8413 Ramsey Avenue, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and in Friendship Heights, 17 Wisconsin Circle, Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed 1 to 2 p.m. for lunch), both of which are near Metrorail stations.

CRCMC Launches New Community Solutions Program 

The nonprofit Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County (CRCMC) will hold a press conference and reception to launch its new Community Solutions Program. The event will be held on May 18, 2012, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, 2nd Floor, Bethesda, MD 20814. 


Please RSVP to Yonelle Moore at 301-652-0717 or


The new Community Solutions Program is geared to helping civic associations, community groups, nonprofits and local government agencies tackle controversial problems that affect multiple parties with a goal of helping them develop mutually acceptable agreements. Whether it's a place of worship seeking to build an assisted living facility or a county agency seeking to widen a road, Community Solutions can help the affected parties discuss the issues, identify interests, brainstorm solutions and craft agreements.


CRCMC volunteers will work with meeting conveners to assure all affected groups are in attendance. These volunteers will also facilitate meetings, making sure that participants have a chance to speak, that their ideas are recorded in writing, and that any agreements reached are written using the participants' words.


The program, which is free to groups throughout the county, was made possible by the Office of the County Executive and the State of Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO). Special thanks also go to Dr. Frank Dukes and Dr. Kristina Weaver of the University of Virginia's Institute for Environmental Negotiation who are training CRCMC staff and volunteers on the principles and practice of Community Solutions.

CRCMC's Community Solutions Program is the only one of its kind in the state of Maryland and one of a handful of such programs in the nation.


 May 24th is 5% Day at Whole Foods for
Montgomery Countryside Alliance

On Thursday, May 24, when you are shopping for your Memorial Day picnic or barbecue, stop by your local Whole Foods. 5% of all purchases at all 5 Montgomery County locations will benefit Montgomery Countryside Alliance (MCA) and MCA will be out in force with musical guests and kids activities throughout the day. MCA needs lots of volunteers and can offer SSL hours. Contact Kristina to get involved:

 Former White House Chief of Staff Leads Panel Discussion At Pyramid Atlantic

Event: Panel Discussion and Wine and Chocolate Reception

Date: Thursday, May 24
Time: 6:30 pm

Place: Pyramid Atlantic

8230 Georgia Avenue

Cost: $20 or $40 (includes copy of The American Way To Change)


John Podesta, former White House Chief of Staff and Chairman and Founder of the Center for American Progress, leads a discussion on The American Way To Change written by Shirley Sagawa, Montgomery County resident and "a founding mother" of the modern service movement in America.


Join Mr. Podesta, Ms. Sagawa and community leaders Jenny Brody (Founder and President of the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project), Bruce Adams (Director of County Executive Ike Leggett's Office of Community Partnerships) and Jose Dominguez (Executive Director of Pyramid Atlantic) as they invite you to discuss the integral roles volunteers play in leading and contributing to groundbreaking organizations that improve our lives and offer important services to people in need.

Space is limited, so please RSVP to:



50+ Employment Expo

We invite you to join our 50+ Employment Expo.  It will be held on May 21, 2012 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda MD, 10:00am - 3:00pm.


Join the more than 3500 seniors looking for full time, part time and seasonal employment.


Visit the JCA website for more information.

Montgomery County's 2nd Annual
"Elder Awareness Day" 
June 15, 2012

Save the date...




  • The County's second annual Elder Awareness Day will be held at Holiday Park Senior Center.  This year's theme is "Safe Seniors," with an emphasis on prevention and wellness.
  • Seniors, adult children of seniors (the "sandwich" generation), and care-givers for seniors are invited.
  • Aging is inevitable, if we're lucky, but the problems associated with aging aren't necessarily inevitable.  Come learn about things you can do - or stop doing - to help you have a healthier mind and body, and to lessen or delay the effects of aging.
  • The day will include door prizes, refreshments, speakers and exhibits, and demonstrations by County services, such as the Police K-9 units and Fire and Rescue.  Representatives of several organizations that assist elders will be on hand to consult.
  • The event will be hosted by the County agencies responsible for protecting the elderly:  the Montgomery County Police/Family Crimes Division, the Ombudsman Program, Adult Protective Services, Licensure and Regulatory Services, the Office of the State's Attorney, and the Office of the County Attorney.
  • In attendance will be several County luminaries, including members of the County Council, law enforcement officials, the Director of DHHS, the State's attorney, and others.

WHEN:   Friday, June 15, 2012

1 pm- 3:30 pm (or come early & join the Zumba class, noon-1 pm)


WHERE: Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton 20902


For additional information, contact Linnet Jordan at 240-773-5400 or
 Identity Celebracion 2012 
Save the Date for Celebracion 2012 on Thursday June 21, 2012 at 6:00pm Join Identity for a tapas fiesta to celebrate their success.  Dr. Frieda Lacey, Superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools will be honored with the Teresa Rios Wright Award for "Excellence in Service to Latino Youth."  For more information please visit  
 Upcoming MCPS Parent Academy Workshops 

Kaiser Permanente Presents: Healthy Transitions from Middle to High School

Wednesday, May 9


In this interactive session, discuss topics such as: healthy body image, peer pressure and bullying, building social skills and healthy friendships, impact of social media on emotional wellness, and much more. Share and learn with support from Kaiser Permanente health professionals and each other.

Kaiser Permanente Gaithersburg Medical Center, 655 Watkins Mill Rd., Gaithersburg 20879


Bright Futures for Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Wednesday, May 9


How can families and schools work together to help students with IEPs make a successful transition to high school and beyond? Come and learn about high school choices that will help your student transition to employment and independence.

Col E. Brooke Lee MS, 11800 Monticello Ave., Silver Spring 20902


A New Approach to Higher Education: The Ana G. Mendez University (Spanish)

Thursday, May 10


Come and learn about Montgomery County's newest higher education institution, the Ana G. Mendez University; a college committed to giving students a bilingual education.. The Ana G. Mendez staff will give you an overview of their programs and coursework, show you around the facility and give you tips on what your children can do now to prepare for the next level of their education. Presented in Spanish.

Ana G. Mendez University, 11160 Veirs Mill Rd., Wheaton 20902




Thursday, June 14


Celebrate the end of another great school year at the ballpark. Join us for MCPS nigh at the Bethesda Big Train Game presented by MCEA. Free admission, food and drinks for all teachers and their immediate families with any school IDs. MCPS students and their families will receive 40% off tickets. Tickets can be purchased at:

Enter in discount code: MCPS at checkout to receive discount. 


Shirley Povich Field, Cabin John Regional Park 

10600 Westlake Drive Rockville, MD 20852


Childcare and Spanish interpretation are provided at all workshops.

To register and see other upcoming workshops, please visit

TrawickTrawick Foundation Sponsors Big Train Nonprofit Nights
Thanks to the generous support of the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation, Bethesda Big Train Baseball will showcase the extraordinary nonprofits of Montgomery County again this summer. Big Train will honor two nonprofits at each of the 25 home baseball games of the Bethesda Big Train to be played at Shirley Povich Field this summer. For more information about Big Train baseball, including the schedule and directions to the field, please log onto Povich Field is located in Cabin John Regional Park near Westfield Montgomery.
Big Train baseball at Povich Field is one of Montgomery County's most beloved summer time activities -- great family fun at affordable prices right near home. Families with young children flock to Povich Field each June and July not just for the baseball, diverse food choices, and off-field music and entertainment, but for the wonderful community environment. The Bethesda Big Train is a team of college all-stars from all over the country who play in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. Big Train usually draws between 600 and 900 fans each night. Gates open at 6 p.m. The games start at 7:30 p.m. 
Each nonprofit that signs up to participate will receive 100 free tickets and will have a table to set up a display and banner and will be able to hand-out information about the organization. The organization will get a one paragraph write-up in the team's game night program insert. A representative will be announced to the crowd and will be able to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at 7:20 p.m. just before the game starts.
The tickets are valued at $7 for adults, $5 for students and military, and $3 for kids 5-12. You are free to use the tickets as you see fit. You may give the tickets to the families you serve or to your volunteers or you may sell the tickets as a fundraiser for your organization. 
These dates are still available: June 2, 3, 14, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and July 2, 5, 8, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, and 26. To sign up or ask questions, please email: .

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