"Together we can accomplish great things!"
        County Executive Ike Leggett
June 2013 - Issue 62:
Volunteer Center
Have you seen the Volunteer's Center's website lately?

 More than 800 local nonprofits and government agencies are recruiting volunteers at You'll find our new "red box" makes searching for ways to serve even easier. Find opportunities by keyword, city or zip code, see the calendar of date-specific opportunities, or go to the entire list of organizations in our database. There is also a link to Advanced Search where you can see more options to search such as opportunities for evening or weekend volunteering, as well as opportunities that are good for families.


Get involved this summer and find ways you can make a difference in your community!


Gilchrist Center
Send your recipe for the International Cook Book

Gilchrist Center

Celebrating Diversity

As Wheaton gets ready for its annual "Taste of Wheaton", the Gilchrist Center is launching its first International Cookbook! We have created a contest, and have invited all our clients, volunteers, and the greater community, to share their favorite recipes with us. With all the recipes received we are going to publish an electronic cookbook, that is going to be available through our website


The main purpose of this cookbook is to showcase our diversity and the culture of our residents. And to make it even more fun, all participants will get a chance to win a special prize.  During the Taste of Wheaton we will hold a raffle with all the entries from our cookbook, and will be giving away copies of some of the recipes received. Want to get a taste of our fabulous diversity? Stop by our table, on June 9th, during the "Taste of Wheaton", or check out our website, and download our e-Cookbook! It will be available on July 1st. Enjoy!

Asian  American Community
China Joint Trade and Sister City Mission Trip 


Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett is leading a joint trade and Sister-City China Mission trip from Sept. 15 to Sept. 24, 2013!  This unique trip offers opportunities for business match-making, site visits of new development opportunities and academic institutions, participation in meetings with government officials and visiting major tourist attractions like the China Terra Cotta Warriors and the Great Wall. Deposits are due June 15th. For more information, please visit or contact Diane Vu for more information at 240-688-2001.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Reception

County Executive Ike Leggett presented a proclamation in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at a reception hosted by the Asian Pacific American Advisory Group on May 28th. 

25th Annual Academic Awards Picnic
The Association of Vietnamese Americans is holding their 25th annual Academic Awards Picnic at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg on Sunday June 9th from 10am - 2pm. Vietnamese American students in Montgomery County Public Schools will be recognized for their academic achievement and two college scholarships will be awarded. For more information, please visit

Caribbean  American Community
Caribbean American Heritage Month

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will participate in a special celebration for Caribbean American Heritage Month on Thursday, June 13 at 6:00p.m. to 8:00pm at the Silver Spring Civic Building, located at One Veterans Place in downtown Silver Spring. Mr. Leggett will present a proclamation designating June as Caribbean American Heritage Month, followed by a reception featuring music and food. This year's theme is "Accessing Montgomery County Services & Resources: Health, Education & Housing".

As part of the Caribbean American Heritage Month activities, on Saturday, June 15, the fifth annual Aspen Hill Caribbean American Heritage Celebration will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Rd., Rockville. The celebration will feature Caribbean music by Lennard Jack & Fusion, dance by Caribbean Dance Traditions. For more information contact Daniel Korma

Latin American Community
Montgomery County Executive Hispanic Gala


Save the Date for the Montgomery County Executive Hispanic Gala on September 12th 2013. All proceeds from this volunteer-led event will go to scholarships for Latino youth. Please spread the word about the scholarships and encourage students to apply before June 30th. The application, as well as event sponsorship opportunities, can be found on the event website at



Save the Date and Plan to Attend

Down County Providers Networking Meeting on Agencies that Support Small Businesses

The June 12th Down County Provider Network meeting will focus on organizations that help residents start and grow their small business. In particular we will feature those organizations that have capacity to serve immigrant entrepreneurs. The panel will present highlights of services and address key questions from the moderator and the audience. The goal of the meeting is to help service providers connect to each other, learn about resources available in the County as well as service gaps.


Down County Networking Meeting

June 12th 2013

Time: 3-5pm

Location: Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave (lower level) MD 20902

  • June 27th Latino Leadership Roundtable 7-9pm, Silver Spring Civic Building
  • August 4th, Salvadoran American Festival 11am-6pm, Wheaton Triangle
  • September 12th, County Executive Hispanic Gala, 7pm Fillmore in Silver Spring
  • October 10th, Telemundo's Montgomery County Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, 6-11pm, Silver Spring Civic Building
  • October 12th, Ama Tu Vida/Love Your Life Latino Health Fair, 12-5pm, Wheaton Regional Park
For more information contact Karla Silvestre or look for our future newsletters.


Are You Ready?

The Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) in Montgomery County is free to the public. It includes emergency topics such as CPR, first aid and search and rescue. CERT training gives you the readiness to respond to emergencies at home, at work, or in the community.

CERT programs serve more than 170 communities nationwide.  The program is based on the DHS/FEMA/Citizen Corps national standard curriculum and certification. The CERT training program is a 30-hour course, taught by FEMA qualified instructors over a 5-week period.

Upon completion of the course, CERT graduates can join our county CERT team and play an important role in community safety. For more information and class schedules go to:

You can also follow Montgomery County CERT on our Facebook page.

Give a Year of Service to Your County


We have an exciting new way to serve in Montgomery County. County Executive Ike Leggett has established a local version of the Peace Corps to give five residents an opportunity to dedicate one year of service to our county. We call the program Montgomery Corps as it is based on the same call to service issued by President Kennedy five decades ago: "ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."


We live in such a wonderful community, but not everyone shares in our general prosperity. We know that many of our neighbors face real challenges. The County Executive has created the Montgomery Corps program to strengthen the capacity of our Community Engagement Cluster to engage and empower fully all of our residents. The team of five Montgomery Corps members will focus on strengthening our support of immigrant integration, increasing opportunities to volunteer, and making sure everyone has a place at the policy table as we seek to be America's most welcoming community.


We know that many talented young people are graduating from college and having difficulty finding jobs. The Montgomery Corps program will provide one year of meaningful employment serving others. This will be an experience of a lifetime that will help build skills and knowledge that will serve as a valuable stepping stone toward future jobs in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors.


Here is the posting on Idealist:  Please pass this on to anyone you know who has the spirit to serve and who is able to dedicate a year of service to help us build an even stronger community here in Montgomery County. 



    Bruce Adams
    Director, Office of Community Partnerships

County News & Events
A day-of-giving June 6th
Do More 24 is the evolution of Give-to-the-Max, which in 2011 raised $2.2 million from 18,000 donors in 24 hours.  United Way is leading the effort with a rebranded program that features several innovative concepts.  We have created an online platform with integrated social media tools that allow donors to connect with us, spread the word about the campaign and even track progress in real time.   


To date, we have more than 800 nonprofit organizations registered to participate in Do More 24.  By June 6, we expect that we will have more than 1,000 participating organizations.  Do More 24 has very ambitious fundraising and social action goals.  Our objective is to get everyone across the Washington, DC region to unite for one day of giving to support the most pressing needs in our community.  In particular, we are hoping to attract and engage a new generation of givers.  We are asking folks to "Give where you live". More:



The 16th annual Heritage Days Weekend, sponsored by Heritage Montgomery, will be held on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 from noon to 4pm.  Family-friendly activities will be offered at over 30 sites around Montgomery County, all open for FREE!  A few of the weekend's highlights to consider include:


  • Visit the beautiful C&O Canal National Historical Park and stop at Lockhouse 10 and Lockhouse 25 (Edward's Ferry) to learn about the history of the Canal.  Hear Civil War-era music performed at Lockhouse 25 throughout the afternoon.
  • Celebrate local history at Clarksburg Heritage Day with tours, exhibits, music, and children's activities in the town's Historic District.

The County's new "Be Active Montgomery!" outreach campaign -- aimed at promoting overall health and wellness through participation in healthy recreation and leisure activities - will kick off with a variety of special activities for all ages on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Germantown Recreation Park, 18041 Central Park Circle, Boyds.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and County Council Vice president Craig Rice will join Montgomery Recreation, Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) representatives at the kick off.

            The free event will include the United Way Fun, Fly and Fit obstacle course; healthy food vendors; fitness walks; and interactive demonstrations such as Quick Start tennis, Zumba and golf clinics.  Attendees who complete the fitness challenge will receive free admission to the Germantown Indoor Swim Center and the miniature golf course.




This community event highlights the deliciously diverse restaurants in downtown Wheaton. The 18th annual event will take place on Sunday, June 9, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Wheaton Triangle at the corner of Grandview Avenue and Reedie Drive in downtown Wheaton (one block north of the Wheaton Metro station). So get your forks out!


The summer issue of the Montgomery County Guide for Recreation and Parks Programs is now available. Registration for summer classes opens on Monday, May 13 and for swim lessons on May 15. The Summer Guide offers a wide variety of classes and programs designed to help participants stay active and have fun. Among the many programs are aquatics, art classes, sports, therapeutic recreation services and active adult senior programs. 
Registration is offered in one of four ways: online, by mail, fax or in person at the Montgomery County Recreation Administrative Offices at 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring. To view the Guide online, or to sign up for a subscription, go to For more information, call 240-777-6840.



Annual Summer Concert Series

Kicks Off on July 11 in Downtown Silver Spring


            Montgomery County Recreation announces this year's line-up for the long-running Silver Spring Summer Concert Series, presented by Discovery Communications.  The free concerts will be held on Thursday evenings, July 11 - August 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., on Veterans Plaza at the Silver Spring Civic Building, Ellsworth Dr. and Fenton St.  Performances are canceled due to weather only if it is raining at 7 p.m.

            Concerts feature a raffle with prizes for children and adults.  Attendees can bring a picnic or enjoy food from one of the many nearby restaurants.

            Following is a schedule of concerts:

            July 11 - Bruce Ewan, The Red Harmonica King (Blues)

            July 18 - David Bach (World Jazz)

            July 25 - Elliott Levine (R&B, Funk)

            August 1 - Second Wind (Rock & Roll)

            For more information, call 240-777-6821.

Montgomery Program Receives National Technology Award


The Public Technology Institute (PTI) has honored Montgomery County with a 2012-2013 Technology Solutions award. The openMontgomery program was recognized in the Web, e-Government and Mobile Technology category. Two additional County programs were recognized for Significant Achievement: a Cloud-Based BikeShare Research Tool, and a Mobile IT Service Desk. Montgomery was the only county in the State of Maryland - and the only jurisdiction in the Washington DC metropolitan area - to be recognized with an award by PTI in this year's technology solutions awards competition. 



Gay pride or LGBT pride refers to a world-wide movement and philosophy asserting that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals should be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Gay pride advocates work for equal "rights and benefits" for LGBT people. The movement has three main premises: that people should be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity, that sexual diversity is a gift, and that sexual orientation and gender identity are inherent and cannot be intentionally altered.

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The Montgomery Corps program will provide one year of meaningful employment serving others. This will be an experience of a lifetime that will help build skills and knowledge that will serve as a valuable stepping stone toward future jobs in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors. 



Residents are urged to sign up for Alert Montgomery to receive up-to-date information on hurricane watches and warnings and other storms. Alert Montgomery sign up information is also available online at the County's Call Center or by calling 311 or 240-777-0311, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Alerts can be sent to one or more electronic devices, including cell phones, text pagers, wireless PDAs, along with home and work emails.


Storm Preparedness Tips

  •     Keep flashlights, battery-powered radios and extra batteries on hand, along with a basic first aid kit, emergency food and water, and a non-electric can opener.
  •     Listen to the radio or television for weather reports.
  •     Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys and garden tools; or anchor objects that cannot be brought inside but could be tossed by high winds.
  •     Clean out gutters.
  •     Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting in anticipation of a power outage. Open the door only when necessary and close quickly. Frozen food in a half-full freezer will remain safe for up to 24 hours, and in a full freezer, up to 48 hours.
  •     Refrain from putting out trash cans the night before the regular pickup. 

Food and Wine Tastings, Cooking Demos, Book Signings

Highlight 18th Annual Taste of Wheaton


Downtown Wheaton will host the 18th annual Taste of Wheaton on Sunday, June 9.  The area's signature event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Wheaton at Grandview Avenue and Reedie Drive.  Local participating restaurants include The Limerick Pub, Hollywood East Café, Moby Dick Sushi, Los Cobanos and Green Plate Catering, offering food samples at prices ranging from $1 to $5 per "taste."

          For the first time, the Taste of Wheaton will feature cooking demonstrations from area chefs.  Scott Squire of The Limerick Pub, Janet Yu of Hollywood East Café and Kit Wood of Green Plate Catering will cook up dishes and offer samples.  Special guest Joe Yonan, a two-time James Beard Award-winning food and travel editor of The Washington Post and the author of the upcoming "Eat Your Vegetables:  Fresh Recipes for the Single Cook" will also participate in the demo.  Bonnie Beswick, deputy editor of The Washington Post Food section and author of "The Washington Post Cookbook:  Readers' Recipe Favorites," will serve as the cooking demo moderator.  Both will have their books available for purchase.

This year's "Food and Wine Tasting" tent will highlight select wines from Elk Run Vineyards, Mt. Airy; Old Westminster Winery, Westminster; and Linganore Wine Cellars, Mt. Airy.  Local culinary artisans including Three Little Pigs Charcuterie & Salumi, Shepherds Manor Creamery and Caked-Up will also participate.

           Grandview Avenue and parking lot 13 in the Wheaton Triangle will be closed during the event.   Free parking will be available at the Wheaton Metro garage on Veirs Mill Road and at the County garage at Amherst Avenue and Reedie Drive.  The Wheaton Metro Station is one-half block south of the event.

          For more information, call Sidney Cooper at 240-777-8106, or visit  



Future Link is a nonprofit organization committed to providing academic and career supports to young adults, ages 17-25.  We help them establish realistic goals and show them the pathway towards those goals.  We teach a Self Advocacy Skills and Career Development Seminar, administer a vocational interest survey, arrange informational interviews with career professionals, schedule career immersion days at local corporations, facilitate scholarship support, solicit internships for our students, and...


We support mentors like you who help our students persist on their pathways to successful careers through support, advice, and sharing the wisdom you have gained throughout your own career. 


For more information, contact Future Link's Director of Student Support

Kristin Trible at or 301.346.3463

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

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