"Together we can accomplish great things!
        County Executive Ike Leggett
April 2013 - Issue 60:
Volunteer Center

The Montgomery County Volunteer Center was excited to receive over 100 nominations for the Montgomery Serves Awards this year.These awards honor some of our County's most outstanding community leaders and dedicated volunteers.Three categories of awards will be presented including the Montgomery Serves Awards, The Neal Potter Path of Achievement Awards, and the Roscoe R. Nix Community Leadership Award, which is the County's equivalent of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the local version of the nation's highest civilian award.  In total nine individuals/groups will be honored at this exciting event. Watch our website, later in the month we'll have photos and bios of the winners online.

Come and celebrate volunteerism in Montgomery County at the Montgomery Serves Awards on Monday, April 29th at 6:30 PM at Imagination Stage, Bethesda.

Click here to register to attend the event.

Want to highlight an amazing volunteer you know? Post a Spotlight
on our website at

April is Earth Month

April 22 is Earth Day. Celebrate by volunteering at environmental
projects all throughout the month of April. The Montgomery County Volunteer Center website has many opportunities to serve. Get involved in park and stream clean ups as well as several invasive weed pulls.This is also a great time for students to earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours and for kids and families to serve together. Last year 3,918 people volunteered 11,698 hours at 103 separate locations in Montgomery County! Get your hands dirty and help keep our community clean. Find out more at


See ways to live a green life in Montgomery County year round at

City of Gaithersburg Recognizes Volunteers
The City of Gaithersburg is celebrating all of April as Volunteer Appreciation Month. A proclamation, banners in downtown streets and volunteers being recognized at events throughout the month are just some of the ways they will be thanking volunteers engaged in making a difference in Gaithersburg. They are also encouraging volunteerism by driving traffic to the volunteer opportunities page on the City's website, and to the Montgomery County Volunteer Center. and
Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity
The Gilchrist Center has a new spring schedule of classes, including ESOL, Basic Computers and Citizenship for our Wheaton and Germantown Locations. Find details on our website including fliers you can download and share.  
Asian American Community
Arab American Heritage Month

The Office of Community Partnerships invites you to join the County Executive on April 30th to celebrate Arab American Heritage Month!

On April 30th, from 6-8pm in the auditorium of the Executive Office Building, 21 Monroe Street, join the County Executive to celebrate Arab American Month. There will be a reception with food, speakers, art displays, and a proclamation presented by the County Executive. Please RSVP to Diane Vu at or 240-777-8320. 

Interfaith Community Liaison
Love In Any Language 

A coalition of interfaith organizations including the Interfaith Conference of Greater Washington, Shoulder to Shoulder and the Interfaith Community Liaison of Montgomery County are collaborating in an evening of music, poetry and dialogue entitled Love in Any Language: A celebration of Loving the Divine.  It will be on April 7, at 5:00 pm, in Busboys and Poets at 5th and K, NW. All are welcome. 


On Thursday, April 4, at 2:00 pm religious leaders are invited to the Upcounty Regional Center at 12900 Middlebrook Drive in Germantown to provide input into state of the art educational materials related to buying, building and expanding houses of worship.   The Department of Permitting Services and the Planning Department will be present to take notes and enter into dialogue on how best to assist faith communities in understanding and complying with a wide range of policies and requirements.  For further information contact Rev. Mansfield "Kasey" Kaseman at or


Latin American Community
Montgomery County Executive Hispanic Gala


County Executive Ike Leggett announced the official launching of the First Annual Montgomery County Executive Hispanic Gala to take place at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Thursday, September 12, 2013.

"I am committed to be part of this endeavor.  I believe that with our united aspiration to build strong diverse communities, where we give priority to higher education, we can help forge a better skilled workforce that can lead this County into a brighter tomorrow." 

For more information:

40th Anniversary Gala

AyudaMay 16, 2013 - 6:00-9:00 PM

Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square

L'Enfant Map Room

801 K Street NW

Washington, DC 

Near Chinatown (Red) & Mt. Vernon Sq. (Yellow & Green) Metro Stops 

Tickets for a donation of $150 can be purchased online or by contacting Elise Webb, 202-387-4848.  

Global Village Trip

Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, MD, Inc. (HFH-MC)
Global Village Trip to Morazan, El Salvador, 
July 27 to August 4, 2013
Are you loking for an adventure that will expand your mind, help you into better physical shape, and touch your heart and spirit all at once? Then join us on an excursion to beautiful El Salvador while we build some homes for the El Barrial Community in Morazan, El Salvador.  You will learn about the country and the people in a way that ordinary travel never could. If you are interested in learning more about this trip to El Salvador, please contact John Paukstis at:
Thursday, April 4, 2013 10:00 am - 11:30 am EST
Registration Required, Limited Capacity.
For more information call Nesreen Khashan (202) 510-6403
College Preparation and Scholarship Fair


The Universities at Shady Grove

9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville 20850


SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013                

1:00-4:00 P.M.

(Check- in time for parents, students: 12:00-1:00 P.M.)


Attention: 6th through 10th grade students and parents!  Now is the time to plant the seeds to help you advance towards college success.   Attend the College Preparation and Scholarship Fair.  Come to meet representatives from various careers, colleges and universities, attend informational break-out sessions, learn about financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and tour The USG campus.  Advance registration is highly recommended through the Spring Parent Academy. 


Please see the link to the information and video from our first fair last year.

Taste of Kenya Fundraiser
The Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter - Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is hosting The Taste of Kenya to raise awareness and support for Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital located in Thika, Kenya.  
Date: April 20, 2013
Time: 12 noon - 4:00 PM 
Location: Colesville United Methodist Church
52 Randolph Road, Silver Spring MD 20904
The program will include an educational session for the community to learn about the critical health issues pertaining to Kenyans, performance by traditional Kenyan dancers, a vendor showcase, silent auction, and a sampling of Kenyan cuisine. A slide presentation of the hospital and the dedicated staff will be shown. All proceeds from donations will benefit the Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital. The event is open to all!  

We Didn't Need Binders to Find These Women


In Montgomery County, we don't need binders to find talented, community-oriented women of achievement.


I hope you will join County Executive Ike Leggett on Monday evening April 29 at Imagination Stage for the Second Annual Montgomery Serves Awards event. Started in 2012 with the support of the Fund for Montgomery, Corporate Volunteer Council, and our Volunteer Center, the event is a celebration of what makes Montgomery County special. On this night, we celebrate our county's tradition of service and honor some of our extraordinary volunteers, public servants, businesses, and community organizations.


In 2012, County Executive Leggett established the Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award. The award, the county equivalent of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, honors the County Executive's mentor, a champion of civil rights who was one of the major architects of the modern Montgomery County. In 2012, County Executive Leggett gave the first award posthumously to Mr. Nix. The other recipients honored for their extraordinary contributions to the quality of our community were business leader Chuck Lyons and public servant Connie Morella.


On April 29, County Executive Leggett will present the Nix Award to three amazing women - former director of the Office of Human Rights Odessa Shannon, business leader and philanthropist Carol Trawick, and beloved community advocate for our youth Teresa Wright. In addition, the two winners of this year's Neal Potter Path of Achievement Award are women - civil rights and housing advocate Joyce Siegel and public safety volunteer Marcine Goodloe. On a personal note, I am thrilled to see Joyce Siegel get this award in the name of my mentor Neal Potter. When I was in law school in the early 1970s, Peg McRory of Suburban Maryland Fair Housing assigned me to monitor the Housing Authority (today's HOC). As I watched Joyce Siegel and Alex Greene at those meetings, I decided I wanted to follow in their footsteps and dedicate my life to serving our community. Thank you, Joyce, for your inspiration.


We will also honor an individual, youth, business, and community group for their community service in 2012. To join us on Monday April 29 for a night to celebrate service please
click here to register. I look forward to seeing you there.


    Bruce Adams
    Director, Office of Community Partnerships

County News & Events



DFY14 Operating Budget


On Friday, March 15th, County Executive Ike Leggett released his Recommended Operating Budget for FY14, which begins on July 1. 

The link to the County Executive's Recommended FY14 Operating Budget is:

National Recognition for Intergenerational Programs
Generations United Award
 Montgomery County received national recognition from Generations United and the MetLife Foundation as one of four national winners in the 2013 Best Intergenerational Communities in the United States. This award was created to heighten awareness of the importance that intergenerational programming and activities play in building strong, supportive communities.
Montgomery County was ahead of its time 28 years ago when HHS, MCPS and Interages, founded by Austin Heyman, joined together to bring intergenerational activities to Montgomery County with the goal of building bridges across generations and cultures. Today the JCA Heyman Interages Center continues its intergenerational work in the community working closely with old and new partners to help all generations thrive in a "Community for a Lifetime!"

Pictured from left to right : Bruce Adams, Director of Community Partnerships MC; Chuck Short, Special Assistant to the County Executive; Sheldon Grosberg,Vice President JCA Board of Directors; Carol Croll, Senior Director JCA Heyman Interages Center; Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer; The Honorable Christopher Van Hollen, Eighth District of Maryland; and Austin Heyman, Founder of Interages and MC Senior Fellow.



Sign Language for Beginners


A free five-session Sign Language Practice for Beginners will be introduced at the Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd., on Sunday, April 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. The program will continue on April 21 and 28 plus, May 5 and 19. No sessions will be held on April 14 and May 12.  


Registration is limited to 30 participants. Registration includes all five sessions and is available on the library website at -- under Library Events Calendar.

Business Seminars


A series of three seminars related to small business will be presented in March, April and May by SCORE DC mentors at the Germantown Library, 19840 Century Blvd.

The three seminars, which will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., will be held according to the following schedule: March 19 "Essentials of Starting a Business"; April 16 "Developing a Business Plan"; and May 21 "Accounting for a Small Business."


 Online registration:

Vacancy on the Montgomery County Planning Board


The Montgomery County Council is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Montgomery County Planning Board.  The term of Marye Wells-Harley (Democrat) will expire on June 14, 2013.  Ms. Wells-Harley has indicated her intent to apply for reappointment to a second term. Letters expressing interest must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17. 

See more information online or contact Neil H. Greenberger at: (240) 777-7939


April is Arab American Heritage Month 

at Montgomery County and Montgomery College welcomes this opportunity to honor the Arab Americans -- students, staff, faculty and the community members at large and their contributions to our community.  Montgomery College celebrates this occasion with a dynamic calendar of collegewide events, throughout the month of April every year. All events are free and open to the public. 

For more information, visit the program website at:   

For questions, please contact Enas Elhanafi, Program Coordinator at 240-567-1759 or



The Food Council Needs You!
The Montgomery County Food Council is looking for 5 to 6 new members who represent a range of professional and personal experiences in the food system, have time to work on Council priorities identified in our Tree Year Business Action Plan and bring enthusiasm, an open mind, and an interest in learning to the task. We also seek applicants  with needed skills (i.e. organizational development, funraising, communications, monitoring and evaluation, public policy, etc.) and of diverse backgrounds, ages, and geographies within Montgomery County to complement those of our current members in advancing our mission.

What does it mean to have 1 million people live in your community?


Montgomery County now can answer that question, given that its population, calculated by the U.S. Census Bureau, reached 1,004,709 last July. Data released Thursday shows that Montgomery County, the largest jurisdiction in the state since 1989, is now the first county in Maryland to reach the population milestone.

The Census data shows Montgomery County's population gained over 13,000 people between July 2011 and July 2012, up from a revised 991,645 the previous year, a 1.3 percent increase.

Find more information online or contact Valerie Berton at:
301) 495-4600 


County Seeks Volunteers For 

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program


Montgomery County's Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is seeking individuals interested in helping to enhance the quality of life for nursing home residents as long-term care advocates with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.   


The intensive orientation program for volunteer candidates is a comprehensive training focused on promoting resident rights in nursing home and assisted living systems.  Using advocacy skills and applicable laws, volunteers will work to resolve complaints.  The orientation will be held during the week of Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26 at Holiday Park Senior Center in Wheaton.  The course meets daily from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. and full attendance is required.  Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. To learn more contact Eileen Bennett at  or 240-777-1067

"The Life cycles of Financial Education"


On April 4, 2013 CAFE will host "The Life cycles of Financial Education" from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg, located at 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD. A few highlights of this year's program:


 Our key note speaker, Joanna Smith-Ramani from the Doorways to Dreams Funds with CFED; our Tips and Tools session for practitioners includes Reading Makes Cents, CFED Scorecards for Maryland and other States, College Savings Plan; presentations on MCPS Millionaire's Club and Old Line Legal Aid Foundation and

closing speakers with topics on Financial Coaching and the MCPS Academy of Finance

Supervisor, Housing Stabilization Program Rockville

Montgomery County Department of

Health and Human Services

1301 Piccard Drive, 2nd floor

Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 240-777-4096

Fax: 240-777-4100

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

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