"Together we can accomplish great things!"
        County Executive Ike Leggett
July 2013 - Issue 63:
July 4th Fireworks Display!
Montgomery County will again host two Independence Day fireworks displays on July 4:
  • Germantown Glory at the SoccerPlex in the South Germantown Recreational Park, 18041 Central Park Circle, Boyds.  Germantown Glory will kick off at 7 p.m. with a concert by Bobby and the Believers. 
  • Mid-County Sparkles at Albert Einstein High School, 11135 Newport Road, Kensington. Both fireworks displays will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. Mid-County Sparkles activities begin at 7:30 p.m. with a concert by Quiet Fire Soul.

Low lawn chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome at both events. Food vendors will be on site. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. The rain date for fireworks only is July 5. 


For more information, call 240-777-6821 or go to
Sister Cities on Display at Rockville Library
If you are in or near Rockville anytime during July, please visit the Rockville Library (21 Maryland Avenue) to see the Montgomery Sister City exhibit in the ground floor display cases just inside the library entrance. Artifacts, photos, and the original Sister City agreements signed by County Executive Ike Leggett with Morazan, El Salvador and Gondar, Ethiopia are on display. 
If you park in the garage across Maryland Avenue from the library, you may go to the first floor information desk and get a validation for two hours of free parking. Check out the display, borrow some books, and shop Rockville! 
Volunteer Center
Give Back Packs!

Every Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) student needs school supplies to be ready for the first day of school on August 24, 2013.  For just $10, you can provide a student in need with a backpack filled with school supplies.   


For more information about how to make a donation visit or call the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships at 301-279-3100.  PayPal donations can be submitted online through the MCPS Educational Foundation.  Checks should be made payable to the MCPS Educational Foundation (indicate GIVE BACKpacks in the memo section) and send to the following address.     
Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships
850 Hungerford Drive, CESC, Room 50
Rockville, MD 20850 

School Supply Drives

Looking for more opportunities to donated school supplies this summer?  The following organizations are accepting donations now and will soon be preparing them for distribution.

The greatest need for school supplies are sturdy new backpacks, loose leaf paper, pencils, highlighters, markers, colored pencils, binders, pencil pouches, pens, and glue sticks. 


Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH)

What: Backpacks and school supplies (particularly calculators and 2" binders)

When: July 15th - August 5th

Where: MCCH, 600-B East Gude Drive, Rockville, any Monday-Friday, 10 am - 4 pm

Questions: Teri Brenits at 301-917-6660 or


Faith Connections

What: Backpacks and school supplies

When: Donations are appreciated by August 11th

Where: Damascus/Clarksburg area

Questions: Jennifer Settlemire at 301-253-9624 or 240-388-6373 or


Panera Bread & Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC)

What: Backpacks

When: Now until August 15th

Where: Any Montgomery County Panera Bread or HOC Office

Questions: Stephanie Semones at301.355.7399 or


Interfaith Works

What: School Supplies

When: Now until August 10th

Where: 751 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville 20851

Questions: Erin Kauffman at 301-424-3796 or

Top 5 Items Needed: Sturdy, New Backpacks (grades K-12), Package of Lined Filler Paper, Tab Dividers, 2-Pocket Folders, Pencil Pouch

Gilchrist Center
NEW Resource for Service Providers
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The Gilchrist Center is excited to launch a new resource for Service Providers.  Please check out our website under resources where you will find a collection of resource lists of our most sought out service requests. Some of the resource lists that you can currently find are Citizenship Preparation, Basic Computers, or Employment resources.  These lists are meant to support the work that Service Providers do, by helping them connect clients to already existing programs. Many of the entries on these lists are products of our quarterly Service Providers Network meetings, in which many groups and organizations share information on valuable resources and programs that are available to the community while networking with each other.

We are constantly updating our resource lists, so if you find that we are missing a program, or that the information is incorrect, please do not hesitate to let us know. Feel free to send us the information at:, or any suggestion you may have! 


Asian American Community
2nd Annual AALEAD Youth Summit 
On Friday, July 26, 2013 to Saturday, July 27, 2013 Asian American LEAD
will be holding its 2nd Annual AALEAD Youth Summit for youth, by youth. The Youth Summit is an opportunity for Asian American youth to come together to talk about identity, culture, and leadership. Many of the workshops and activities are selected by high school students in order to create a fun and engaging atmosphere. Students who attend the Youth Summit will be able to participate in various team-building exercises, engaging workshops, and even get to enjoy performances from upcoming Asian American artists! 


Please join AALEAD for its 2nd Annual AALEAD Youth Summit by signing up online.  If you have any questions please contact AALEAD at , or call 301-592-8800.


Latin American Community
Global Village in El Salvador
Are you looking 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 a global village trip to El Salvador.  HFH-MC will be leading at least one trip a year to build homes for families in the El Barrial Community in Morazán, El Salvador. You will learn about the country and the people in a way that you never could with ordinary travel. For more information on upcoming builds please contact Sarah Reddinger at or download our Global Village Flyer.

Salvadoran American Festival

Montgomery County Executive Hispanic Gala

Empowered Women International Graduation
 Empowered Women International (EWI) enables women to pursue their passion and creativity through entrepreneurship and micro-enterprise development. They work with talented and high-potential immigrant, refugee and low-income women and help them monetize their creative or cultural assets, artistic abilities, knowledge and skills. 

The Entrepreneur Training for Success (ETS) Program provides three months of intense business start-up training and mentoring to help women develop business acumen along with a vetted business plan, a support network of peer entrepreneurs and mentors, and a ready-to-go business launched at the end of the three-month program. The candidate should have: - Viable business idea or startup-business - Product or service ready for the market, or a clearly defined business idea - Energy, passion, and commitment to formalize their enterprise or expand their start-up business. - Entrepreneurial spirit, enthusiasm, and persistence.

Apply for Fall the program

  • Monthly Program, MCMF mobile needs help delivering food pantry groceries to the needy, seniors, handicapped and disabled, and to women with children in Gaithersburg, Germantown, Montgomery Village, Silver Spring, and Takoma Park.  To volunteer contact Saba Rashid at or Khalid Chaurdry at
  • July 14th-20th, MCMF needs volunteers to help serve food at the Community Base Center, a homeless women's shelter.  To volunteer contact or call 301-760-7447
  • July 26th, MCMF will be donating clothes to needy families.  If you have any clothes to donate before July 26th contact or call 301-760-7447
Montgomery County Receives
 18 NACo Achievement Awards!
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Montgomery County received 18 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards this year for outstanding programs.  Among the NACo awards was a "Best of Category" given to the Office of the County Executive for its submission, "Doing More With Less on Language Access." For full press release visit the County's website.  For more one the Language Access program, click here.
Also the Montgomery County Public Information Office received 3 NACo Achievement Awards, the Montgomery Al Dia, Emergency Medical Services Transport Reimbursement Law Public Education Campaign and MC311 Customer Service Center and Website.  Click here to read the full press release.
Job Seekers
Looking for a job?  Join the JOB CLUB to receive weekly email notices that help job seekers locate gainful employment. 

Send your name and email address to Joe Heiney-Gonzalez at to enroll in the Office of Human Resources Job Club. 

Childhood Poverty Continues To Plague Our Region

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its 2013 Kids Count report, which looks at a wide variety of indicators that measure children's well-being in the United States. Overall, the nation has more children living in poverty than before the recession. On the bright side, more kids have health insurance, graduation rates are generally up, and a number of health indicators are improving.


Locally, Maryland and Virginia both showed improvements in educational achievement, dropout rates, and graduation rates. The District also improved in academic proficiency, but has had a big spike in truancy. In all jurisdictions, childhood poverty continues to be a huge problem. 

Here are the detailed local profiles:

District of Columbia | Maryland | Virginia

Suburban Poverty is Not an Oxymoron


My friend Peter Edelman of the Georgetown University Law Center got it just right: "If you thought suburban poverty was an oxymoron, this important book will set you straight. Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube tell us the facts and offer thoughtful reforms to help under-resourced suburbs cope in our 21st-century world." Peter is writing about a new book from the Brookings Institution Press - Confronting Suburban Poverty in America.


Montgomery County is cited for our large increase in poverty between 2000 and 2010, but I'm proud to say we are  featured in the book for our exemplary response: "Montgomery County officials and service providers recognized the changing needs of a diversifying population and anticipated the growing demands that would arise as the Great Recession began to take hold. In 2006, the newly elected county executive, Isiah (Ike) Leggett, signaled that the county recognized the transitions under way and the need to leverage resources beyond what it alone could provide." The book cites the creation of the Office of Community Partnerships and the launching of the Neighborhood Opportunity Network as two creative examples of a responsive local government.


Perhaps you don't often include a Brookings policy book on your summer beach week reading list, but this year you should. Kneebone and Berube pull together examples from across the country that follow "the proactive and collaborative approach that emerged in Montgomery County."


    Bruce Adams
    Director, Office of Community Partnerships

County News & Events

Welcoming America

Recognizing that immigrants help maximize opportunities for economic growth and civic vitality and position communities as globally competitive, 21st century leaders, 14 local governments have joined the Welcoming Cities and Counties Initiative with Welcoming America.  
The initiative signals the growing importance of an innovative and proactive role for local governments, and the growing recognition of immigrants as assets in any community. 

County Executive Ike Leggett presented a proclamation at World Refugee Day in Silver Spring which is celebrated annually to raise awareness about refugees in our community and around the globe.  
(l:r) Lily Hamburger and Executive Director Mamadou Sy from Luther Social Services, County Executive Ike Leggett, Sara Zullo Executive Director from the Ethiopian Community Development Center, David Godsted Executive Director from International Rescue Committee, Councilmember Valerie Ervin, Amanda Pourciau from the Ethiopian Community Development Center, and Dana Henderson from the International Rescue Committee. 

CVC-MC Named Corporate Volunteer Council
of the Year

Neil Bush, Chairman, Points of Light; Sarah Burnett, CVC Administrator; Will Schroeder, CVC-MC President; and
Michelle Nunn, CEO, Points of Light (l:r)


The Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County (CVC-MC) was named Corporate Volunteer Council of the Year on Thursday, June 20, 2013 by Points of Light at its annual Conference on Volunteering and Service. 


"The CVC is honored to receive the Points of Light's National CVC of the Year Award and we are inspired to do more for the County," said Will Schroeder, CVC-MC President and Attorney at Law at Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, P.A.


The CVC-MC was chosen as the recipient of this prestigious award because it teaches businesses how to partner with and support nonprofit organizations by helping create successful volunteer or charitable programs that benefit the businesses, their employees and the community. Montgomery County's 25-year-old council, in suburban Washington, D.C., provides its more than 60 members with educational programming and resources, creates service and networking opportunities and celebrates successful volunteer programs.


"These leaders in employee volunteerism show the possibilities for engaging the workforce in improving communities," said Michelle Nunn, Points of Light's CEO. "We celebrate companies that incorporate their employee volunteer programs the way they do business, with the ultimate goal of making social progress."


Click here for more on this award.


Corporate Volunteer Council
Annual Membership Breakfast
at Smokey Glen Farm
Thursday, July 11, 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
This event is free to attend with a donation to our backpack and school supply drive.  Click here for more information. 


Nominations now being accepted for the
Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman 2013 EXCEL Awards

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement is now accepting nominations for the Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman 2013 EXCEL Award.


This competitive award spotlights up to three outstanding nonprofit leaders in the Washington metropolitan area for outstanding nonprofit chief executive leadership.


Each winner receives a $5,000 professional development account to use in their role as an organization's chief executive. In addition, the winning organization receives a $2,000 grant to provide professional development opportunities for their staff.  Click here for the Nomination Packet.
Nomination Deadline: 5PM on Friday, July 12, 2013


Universities at Shady Grove Open House
for Prospective Students


The Universities at Shady Grove will be hosting an Open House for prospective students on Saturday, July 13th, 9 am - 12 noon on the USG campus in Rockville.  Join us to explore a range of career-focused undergraduate and graduate degree programs, our outstanding academic services, and our gorgeous campus.


For more information or to register go to: or call 301-738-6023.


Attention Nonprofit Leaders:
Register now for the Financial Leadership Institute 
Mark your calendars!  Registration is now open for Nonprofit Roundtable's FIRM Institute - a two-day intensive leadership workshop on financial management for executive directors, finance staff, and board members offered at no cost to nonprofits of all sizes serving residents of Montgomery County.
FIRM will strengthen your organization by helping you:
  • Improve Staff/Board fiscal leadership - work together to insure a healthy partnership.
  • Institute and/or refine your financial planning process.
  • Develop and use budgets that reflect your strategic plan and mission.
  • Learn how to use financial statements and reports as strategic management tools.
  • Create a specific work plan to implement better financial administration procedures.
  • Improve compliance with County contracts and foundation grants.
  • Find and hire financial and accounting expertise 
FIRM will be offer twice - November 6 & 7, 2013 and February 19 & 20, 2014. Click here to sign up now!

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Farmer's Market Coupons Available for
Low-Income Seniors
A limited number of free farmer's market coupon books worth $30 will be distributed to low-income seniors in Montgomery County on Tuesday, July 9 at 10 a.m. The coupons may be used at farmer's markets in Montgomery County and participating markets in the District of Columbia until November 30, 2013. 

The number of coupon books offered this year is very limited due to budget reductions. Seniors must be present to receive coupon books and each eligible senior will receive one coupon book. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the following locations:


Elizabeth House 
1400 Fenwick Lane 
Silver Spring, MD 20910  
Gaithersburg Senior Center 
80A Bureau Drive 
Gaithersburg, MD 20878  
Holiday Park Senior Center 
3950 Ferrara Drive 
Wheaton, MD 20901  
Long Branch Community Center 
8700 Piney Branch Road 
Silver Spring, MD 20901  
Rockville Senior Center 
1150 Carnation Drive 
Rockville, MD 20850  
Waverly House 
4521 East West Highway 
Bethesda, MD 20814  


The coupons are available to Maryland resident's age 60 years and older whose income is less than $20,665 (family of one). For more information, call 240-777-3810. 

You're Invited!


Montgomery County Executive
Hon. lsiah Leggett in Coordination  
Montgomery County Muslim Council 
Montgomery County Muslim Foundation 


Cordially invite you to
Ramadan lftar Celebration & Dinner
On Tuesday July 23, 2013
6:30pm prompt

At The County Executive Building Cafeteria
101 Monroe St. Rockville. MD 20850

Please RSVP to:
For more information please contact:

Tufail Ahmad (301) 221-4062
Dr. Aquilur Rahman (847) 822-9659
Sara Noor (240) 477-3341
 Khalid Chaudhry (240) 644-3852
Dr. Ashraf Sufi (301) 919-9689 
 Irma Hafeez (301) 610-0028


LEDC Launches Search for Executive Director

The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) has officially launched its search for a new permanent Executive Director to champion their mission into the future.


LEDC is seeking an experienced nonprofit executive to serve as Executive Director and provide strategic leadership and daily management of all aspects of LEDC's people, programs, and systems.


To view the job description, click here.



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. 


Volunteering Boosts Job Prospects for Unemployed

A report issued by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service asserts that jobless Americans have a 27 percent better chance of finding paid employment if they do volunteer work, The Washington Post writes.


The study, based on data from the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey, builds on other research suggesting volunteers learn skills, seek leadership opportunities, and develop contacts that improve their job prospects. It found that the benefits of volunteering were strongest for less-educated individuals and rural residents, who have a particularly difficult time finding jobs. Volunteering increases the chances of employment for members of those groups by more than 50 percent, the study found.  Click here for the full article.

Nonprofit Village Virtual Office Program

For the Nonprofit Village, 17 tenant organizations simply are not enough. That's why we are excited to announce our new "Room to Grow" Virtual Office Program.


The new program provides start-up, small, and emerging nonprofits with a virtual office address and access to conference rooms at a discounted rate. Participants will also have access to complimentary Wi-Fi and other office amenities. Located conveniently near the Twinbrook Metro, members of our program will be able to participate in professional development workshops and seminars, and be able to network with other organizations.


Participants will pay a flat fee per year with no long term contracts.


If you think this program would be a good fit for your organization visit to find more information and an application. The more, the merrier!

Catalogue for Philanthropy's Featured Nonprofits! 

The Catalogue for Philanthropy is proud to release the list of 2013-14 featured nonprofits! During a four-month application and review process, this group demonstrated excellence, financial stability and transparency, donor appeal, and diversity in services, impressing our group of 120+ reviewers. Please help us in welcoming these new and returning organizations to the CFP network! 


This list includes great organizations such as Asian American LEAD, ArtStream, Ayuda, Literacy Council of Montgomery County, Potomac Community Resources, Inc, Potomac Conservancy, and many more! Click here to see the full list.

Office of Community Partnerships
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Rockville, Maryland 20850

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