"Together we can accomplish great things!
        County Executive Ike Leggett
February 2013 - Issue 58:
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Volunteer Center
MoCo Awards for Volunteerism
Do you know someone in Montgomery County who has done amazing volunteer work over the last year? Or someone who has dedicated their life to volunteerism? Consider nominating them for one of Montgomery County's awards for volunteerism, the Montgomery Serves Awards or the Neal Potter Path of Achievement Awards.
Learn more

Congratulations to the 3,000 volunteers who took part in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service!  


Montgomery County celebrated another successful Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Volunteers participated in service projects at our two signature locations, Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center, and the Silver Spring Civic Building as well as other projects all across the County.


Non perishable food items were collected at 27 Montgomery County Giant locations for Manna Food Center as well as the two service locations on Monday.  There were also many projects happening around the County such as park clean ups and blood drives. 


As well as crocheting blankets, assembling 1,500 bag lunches, constructing 250 fleece scarves and 30 fleece blankets participants at the Marriott Conference Center also took part in a volunteer fair and several workshops.  Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County taught volunteers communication and mediation skills.  Amman Imann gave people the skills to start their own fundraiser to help pay for wells in Africa.  Also at the event volunteers were able to Skype with students in Uganda!


Thanks to all the hard work from volunteers like you, Montgomery County was able to touch the lives of so many and truly make this a day ON, not a day off. See more photos 



Charles W. Gilchrist
Center for Cultural Diversity
Successful ESL registration

The Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity held its Winter registration session. In total 180 students registered to multiple classes including ESL, Basic Computers and Spanish at its Wheaton and Upcounty sites. Registration is still underway for its Job Search Workshop, a training program for non-native English speakers who are looking for employment. For the full Winter program guide, please visit or call the Center at 240-777-4940 for in-person assistance.Learn more
African American Community
 Welcome Julian Norment
Norment OCP welcomes Julian Norment as the new liaison to the African American community. A native of Silver Spring and an All-Met football player at Kennedy High School, Julian's undergraduate degree is from the University of Michigan and his law degree is from Catholic University. Julian spent nearly a decade on Capitol Hill working for United States Senator Ernest Hollings. More recently, Julian has served as a federal lobbyist for businesses, universities, and nonprofits. Julian, a lifetime member of the NAACP and a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, has served as co-chair of the County Executive's African American Advisory Committee. Please contact Julian at:
African Communities
County Executive's Pan-African Advisory Groups FY14 Budget Recommendations
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On Tuesday, January 15, 2013, the African American, Caribbean American, and African Affairs Advisory Groups met with County Executive Leggett to present their joint budget recommendations for FY14. Prior to the meeting with the County Executive, the group met with key stakeholders to discourse matters affecting the Black community in Montgomery County.

Some of the recommendations are for the County to prioritize the accelerated development of East County, establish an Innovation Fund to increase collaboration between the County Executive, County Council, non-profits, and the business community to target model out of school time programs, and effective strategies for workforce transitions, launch a County Achievement Task Force to address the increasing gap for Black students. The full report will be available at or email



Asian American Community
Celebrate the Year of the Snake with CCACC!
Chinese Cultural Center

The Chinese Culture and Community Service Center (CCACC) cordially invites you to attend the opening ceremony of the 14th Annual Lunar New Year Festival at Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg on Saturday, February 9th, 2013.  The opening ceremony will kick off a two-week long celebration including special cultural exhibitions throughout the Mall as well as performances and hands-on workshops during weekends.    


Please RSVP to or  

call 301-820-7200, ext 103, attn:  Leslie Su  



Caribbean Community
The County Executives' Caribbean American Advisory Group kicked off 2013 with New Energy
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Some of the Advisory Group's tasks include but not limited to advice regarding policy initiatives, budget priorities, economic and other partnership opportunities, and implementation of programs, reaching out to Caribbean American community in Montgomery County to bring their needs and concerns to the attention of the County Executive and to inform them of County programs and resources beneficial to them, and Identify and recommend to the County Executive candidates for County positions, including boards, committees, and commissions so the County workforce and advisory committees better reflects the changing faces of Montgomery County. For more information, please visit, or email: 


Latin American Community
Foreclosure Prevention Seminar
Latino Dev Center

Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) holds a monthly seminar about the foreclosure prevention process. Please share the attached flyer with those who could take advantage of the seminar. For more information about the seminar and LEDC's foreclosure prevention program, please contact Wendy Alvarenga directly at


Middle Eastern Community
Hijabi for a Day
wear a Hijab A day in the life of a Hijabi: On February 1st, 2013, we invite both Muslim (non-hijabi) and Non-Muslim women to participate in an worldwide event by embracing Hijab for a day. Learn more

Honor Those Who Volunteer


I hope you and your family and colleagues had a wonderful MLK weekend. As it was four years ago, the combination of the presidential inaugural with a weekend of service and celebration in honor of Dr. King was a great inspiration to all of us for the work we have ahead. Thanks to the Volunteer Center's Molly Callaway, Kathleen Stobie, Katie Sayago, Andrea Kempner-Wink, and our partners at Manna Food Center, Seventh Day Adventist Youth and the three thousand volunteers who participated in our MLK Weekend of Service. Special thanks to the volunteers who collected 15 tons of food for Manna at all 27 Giant Food stores and those who made scarves and blankets and participated in a range of other community serving activities at the Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center and the Silver Spring Civic Building.  


Thanks to MLK Commemorative Committee Chair Yvonne Stephens, coordinator Susan Peevy, and all the volunteer committee members and entertainers who made Montgomery County's 19th Annual MLK Birthday Tribute & Celebration at The Music Center at Strathmore so special. Thanks to Keith Haller and the sponsors of the Fund for Montgomery who provide the resources to make all of our community building activities happen.

From the left: County Council President Nancy Navarro; Susan Peevy, staff liaison to MLK Commemorative Committee; former Member of Congress and Honorary Co-chair of the Fund for Montgomery Connie Morella; County Executive Ike Leggett; Yvonne Stephens, Chair of MLK Commemorative Committee; and Eliot Pfanstiehl, founder and guru of all things Strathmore.
Please take a half hour or so from your busy day to help us recognize the volunteers who make Montgomery County such a special place to live, work, raise children, play, and grow old with dignity. In 2012, the Fund for Montgomery launched the first annual Montgomery Serves Awards and now we need your help to nominate your community heroes for the Neal Potter Path of Achievement Awards and awards for youth, business, and individual or organizational community service in 2012 (see accompanying article for the details).

Go to and, first, submit your nominations by February 25; and then, second (after February 11), sign up to join County Executive Ike Leggett on Monday evening April 29 at Imagination Stage for the event. County Executive Leggett will present his second annual Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Awards, our County's equivalent to the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. It will be a great night as we honor those who serve.

Bruce Adams
Director, Office of Community Partnerships
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Adventist HealthCare * Comcast * Fitzgerald Auto Malls

Carl M. Freeman Foundation * The Gazette * Sol Graham *

Jewish Community Relations Council

Jewish Federation of Greater Washington *

County Executive Ike Leggett

Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd. * 

Montgomery County Muslim Foundation * RAFFA, P.C.

Safeway * The Sanford and Doris Slavin Foundation * 

Verizon * Washington Gas

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission 



County News & Events

State of the County Speech

In Silver Spring February 20  

In his speech to the residents of the County, Ike Leggett will reflect on the County's accomplishments and on challenges and opportunities ahead in the coming year and beyond.  This event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served following the speech.

The speech will be carried live on County Cable Montgomery (Channel 6 for Comcast and RCN customers and Channel 30 for Verizon customers) and will be videostreamed on

For more information, call the Office of Public Information at 240-777-6507.

Media Contact:  Patrick Lacefield, 240-777-6507  Learn More 



SNAP Are You Up for the Challenge?
Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin invites you to join her in taking the SNAP Challenge and highlight how it feels to live in poverty.
What: Take the SNAP Challenge. Spend $5 on food per day per person for one week. When: February 4 - 8, 2013
Share your experience on Twitter using @ValerieErvin #SNAPthesilence
Share your experiences on Facebook (and "like" our page) at More

Meeting with IMPACT
The Office of Community Partnerships staff meets every Friday morning. On Friday January 11, the staff visited with our partners at IMPACT to discuss how we might increase our collaboration. As a follow-on to our highly successful collaboration on the Neighborhood Opportunity Network, we began a conversation about how we might next work together to better serve the East County. Stay tuned.


Montgomery County's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Commemorative Committee proudly celebrated the Civil Rights Leader's birthday with a tribute program on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland. The program included local talent, recipients of The Children of the Dream Award, The Literary Arts Award and The Humanitarian Award. The event is held annually.


Civil Rights Historic Bus Tour
The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, in collaboration with Montgomery County Public Libraries, the African American Employees Association, the Lincoln Park Historical Foundation and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, is again this year hosting a civil rights historic bus tour that retraces the steps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights heroes.  The bus tour leaves Rockville on March 25 and returns on March 30. Learn more

Community Foundation
Montgomery County Philanthropist 2013 
Do you have a friend, neighbor, or colleague who...
Supports one or several nonprofit organizations working on our county's most pressing community issues? Now is your chance to nominate him/her to be the next Montgomery County Philanthropist of the Year!
Learn more

Summer Camps
Summer Camps
Montgomery County Recreation and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission  Montgomery Parks announce a diverse line-up of summer camps and programs for 2013.  Hundreds of affordably priced offerings, including aquatics, ice skating, tennis, theatre, overnight nature camps, robotics and golf, are featured among many other options. More

volunteer fair

Montgomery College Takoma Park /Silver Spring Campus Volunteer Fair

Date: Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013

Time: 10 am to 2pm

WHERE: Atrium (1st floor), Student Services Center Bldg. (ST), TP/SS Campus, Montgomery College

7600 Fenton Street, Takoma Park, MD 20912  

Learn more 


Montgomery College Rockville Campus Spring Volunteer Fair & Networking Lunch

Wednesday, February 13th from 11am-2pm

Montgomery College will once again be hosting its Spring Volunteer Fairs, an opportunity to promote your organization, its mission, and volunteer opportunities to our students & faculty.

This year, the Rockville Campus is experimenting with a longer fair that will include an hour-long networking lunch for community organizations, faculty, and student leaders.


Fundation Center Foundation Center
The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants - a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. ONLINE TRAINING COURSES
Montgomery County Public Libraries- Foundation Center Online Resources

Phila Cataloge
The Catalogue for Philanthropy Greater Washington 
( is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 Catalogue. CFP promotes and supports the work of high-impact, small nonprofits in the greater Washington region by providing a valuable "stamp of approval", and has helped raise over $19 million for featured nonprofits since 2003. Any nonprofit with a budget under $3 million that operates in the greater Washington region is invited to apply. Applications are due by midnight on Monday, February 25th. More
Join CFP for an upcoming Financial Workshop, sponsored by Raffa, designed to help you understand and present your financial information. Workshops will be held on Tuesday, January 29th, 2 - 4pm and Wednesday, February 6th 10am - 12pm.  RSVP

The County Executive Leggett's recommended amendments to the capital budget and the CIP for FY14 are now available on the County's webpage for the Office of Management and Budget,
The direct link to WSSC's capital budget is 


Montgomery County Announces 13th Annual Housing Fair and Financial Fitness Day.

Sponsors and Exhibitors Invited

The fair will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, Summit Hall Farm, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. 

To become a sponsor or exhibitor, contact Myriam Torrico at 240-777-3627 or email
Contact Nesreen Khashan

Office of Community Partnerships
21 Maryland Ave., Suite 330
Rockville, Maryland 20850
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