"Together we can accomplish great things!"
        County Executive Ike Leggett
September 2013 - Issue 65:
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Plan for Community Service Day!   


October 26 is Community Service Day in Montgomery County. This is our annual County-wide day of service that we have been celebrating for 27 years!  Projects are planned throughout the week of October 20th to 27th.  

Find projects on our website: you could sign up to clean up parks & streams, organize offices for nonprofits, assemble care packages for homeless families and much more. 

Or plan your own project - ideas include working with your PTA to clean up the landscaping around your school or planning a collection drive with your coworkers to help families in need.

Go to to sign up for projects or to register your own project!

Check out other Days of Service this month and get involved! 
9/11 Day of Service
Day to Serve - Sept 15-29 

Gilchrist Center

For more information go to: Gilchrist Center
Gilchrist Center Fall Programs Are Here! 
Cultural Center

The Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity offers a variety of programs and services to Montgomery County's diverse community such as citizenship preparation, English as a Second Language, computers, job search, just to name a few.  For more information and the upcoming registration dates, please see the link below or call 240-777-4940.  


African and Caribbean Communities
African Festival poster For more information go to:

African Heritage month

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett kicked off African Heritage Month on Tuesday, September 3 with a celebration at the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place, at 6 p.m.

The free annual event included a reception hosted by members of the Montgomery County African Affairs Advisory Group, musical entertainment and African cuisine. During the reception, Leggett honored leaders from various walks of life for their contributions to the African Diaspora. In 2008, Montgomery County became the first jurisdiction in the country to proclaim the month of September as African Heritage Month. This year also marks the 50th anniversary celebration of the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU).

African American Community

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's March on Washington

Thousands of marchers from across the country gathered at the Lincoln Memorial last weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 "March on Washington."

Interfaith Community Liaison

Originally Scheduled for September 15, Rescheduled For October 13
Montgomery County's Office of Human Rights will host a "Friendship Picnic" on Sunday, October 13 from 1 to 5 p.m., at Wheaton Regional Park, 2000 Shorefield Road, to bring together diverse communities to share their cultures, traditions and faiths.  Food and beverages will be provided.  This event was originally scheduled for September 15.

The picnic will be co-hosted by the Montgomery County Committee on Hate/Violence, the Human Rights Commission, the Office of Community Partnerships and the Montgomery County Executive's Faith Community Working Group.
Anyone who wishes to attend can RSVP by email to or by calling 240-777-8456.

Come join us on September 8 for the 8th annual 9/11 Unity Walk
Experience everything from a Muslim call to prayer in DC's largest synagogue to Amazing Grace being sung at the Islamic Center to FREE delicious Indian food at the Sikh Gurdwara.
Speakers this year include:

    Arun Gandhi (Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Nobel Peace Prize Winner)
    Sister Jenna (Brahma Kumari, Director of Meditation Museum)
    Rabbi Bruce Lustig (Senior Rabbi Washington Hebrew Congregation)
    Imam Abdullah Khouj (President, Islamic Center of Washington)
    And many more

Date: Sunday, September 8
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb St NW  Washington, DC 20016
To RSVP click here.

Add a description Ike Leggett surrounded by the children of the Islamic Society of Germantown,  Council-member  Craig Rice, State Senator Nancy King, Interfaith Community Liaison Rev. Mansfield Kaseman, Imam Ammar Nijjar, ISG Board President Magdi Hassanein, State Delegates Kirill Reznik and Charles Barkley, and others break ground for the first Masjid (Mosque) in Germantown.   It is located at the intersection of Frederick Avenue and Middlebrook Road in Germantown.

Latin American Community
Salvadoran American Festival Brought Thousands To Wheaton
Salvadorean Festival

Thousands of residents from the DC metro area came to Wheaton to celebrate Salvadoran American Day in the United States.  In 2006, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution declaring August 6th as Salvadoran American Day in the United States and it is celebrated locally each year. Salvadoran food, a Latino Health fair, and live music by local and international artists brought many to the Wheaton Triangle.  The event was organized by Montgomery County's Office of Community Partnerships, in partnership with the umbrella home-town association group Salvadoran American Transnational Communities,  and MD State Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez.

Travel to El Salvador this December with Habitat for Humanity
Trip to El Salvador

Habitat affiliates in Maryland have partnered with Habitat El Salvador to provide 90 housing solutions in the El Barrial community over the next 4 years. Interested in getting
involved in this partnership? Join us for a Global Village trip and spend the week building a home for an El Salvadoran family. No special construction or language skills required -just a positive attitude, and a desire to help others.

Build Trip
December 7th- December 15th, 2013
9 Day Trip
5 Days of Building
2 Days of Cultural Activities
2 Days of Travel
Team Leaders: John Paukstis
and Sarah Reddinger

Together We Can: HOLD These Dates!


We often celebrate Montgomery County's great diversity, but most of our heritage events are specific to one ethnic group or one religious group. These are wonderful ways for people to affirm their identity and their faith, but too few people from other backgrounds and faiths attend. This is what makes the World of Montgomery Festival so special. 


This countywide, multicultural event to be held Sunday October 20 from noon to 5 at Westfield Wheaton is for all of Montgomery's one million people to come together and learn about each other and celebrate the multiple heritages that make up Montgomery County. The World of Montgomery Festival is for our newest immigrants and our long-time residents. We all have so much to learn from each other. In addition to the traditional entertainment, food, and crafts from around the world, the October 20 festival will feature an International Village that will make you feel like you are in our Sister Cities in El Salvador, Ethiopia, China, and India. Thanks to our partner KID Museum, this festival will introduce our youth to the fun and meaning of being a 21st century global citizen. 


Thanks to the nonprofit Fund for Montgomery at the Community Foundation and our many generous sponsors, the festival will be free for all. I will have lots more to say about this next month, but please mark this date on your family's calendar. To sign up now to join the 1:45 p.m. parade of cultures or for more information, check us out at:


I hope to see you at two other events in the multicultural spirit of the World of Montgomery Festival. The Interfaith Conference's annual 9/11 Unity Walk is a very moving and meaningful experience. Participants will gather this year on Sunday September 8 at the Washington Hebrew Congregation at 1 p.m. and end around 5 p.m. at the Gandhi Statue near Dupont Circle. In between, all houses of worship along Massachusetts Avenue will open their doors. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus, and those of other faiths or no faith, will learn about each other, enjoy great food, and create friendships. Walkers will listen to moving speeches, engage in thought provoking dialogue, and come together for service projects. To sign-up or for more information, please go to:


On Sunday October 13 from 1 to 5 p.m., the Friendship Picnic will bring together representatives of the many diverse communities in Montgomery County to enjoy an afternoon of food, family fun, friendship, and entertainment at Wheaton Regional Park (2000 Shorefield Road, Wheaton). The event is cosponsored by the Committee on Hate/Violence, County Executive's Faith Community Working Group, Office of Human Rights, Human Rights Commission, and our Office of Community Partnerships. To see the event flyer, please click here:


    Bruce Adams
    Director, Office of Community Partnerships

County News & Events

Bike Share program
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September is Library Card Sign Up Month and in celebration, Montgomery County Public Libraries reminds residents of all ages that a library card is the smartest card in your wallet, purse, tote bag, or backpack or on your keychain...and, it's free!

A library card is the key to many experiences - reading your favorite books, researching countless subjects, listening to music, learning a new language, acquiring a new skill.

Get details at then go to your local branch and sign up.

The Nonprofit Rountable
The Suburbanization of Poverty
Montgomery Moving Forward
Mobilizing leaders to work across sectors to solve our biggest problems together 


With Alan Berube, co-author
Confronting Suburban Poverty in America
8 - 10 AM
Discovery Communications
One Discovery Place | Silver Spring | Maryland
For more information contact:


Robots, electric go-karts, interactive art, flying machines, and so much more to see and do!


KID Museum is hosting the Silver Spring Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, September 29th at Veteran's Plaza and Great Hall in Silver Spring, from 12:00-5:00p.m. The Maker Faire features free family activities, two performance stages, and innovative projects created by inventors, hackers, crafters, artists, and do-it-yourselfers of all kinds. The festival highlights creative and unusual projects, and invites people of all ages to explore their own curiosity while making something new.


Free Admission 

For more information visit


The Nonprofit Roundtable seeks a part-time Program Coordinator for one year  to be a critical member of a team that carries out the Roundtable's mission to build the strength, influence, and visibility of the nonprofit sector in Greater Washington.  Our 300 Members represent Greater Washington's nonprofit community- service providers, advocates, grantmakers, and infrastructure groups - all committed to a single vision:  a more just and caring community. 
REGISTER FOR FIRM- Nonprofit Montgomery's Financial Leadership Institute
Nonprofit Montogomery is now inviting participants in FIRM- a financial leadership Institute for Executive Directors, Finance Staff and Board members of nonprofit organizations serving residents of Montgomery County. This opportunity is offered at no cost to participating organizations.
For more information about Firm, contact Barbara Garlock of Nonprofit Montgomery at or by phone: 301-233-5066.

50 + EXPO

Don't miss the opportunity to promote your products and services to thousands of local boomers and seniors who will be attending this year's 50+Expo events in Maryland and N.Va. Join more than 100 businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations that will be exhibiting at these free events, which also feature expert speakers, health screenings, live entertainment and door prizes.


This year's 50+Expo, presented by the Beacon and co-sponsored by Montgomery County Government, will be held on Sunday, October 13 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Center at Veterans Plaza. (A similar event takes place the prior Sunday, October 6, at Ballston Common Mall in Arlington, Va.)


To exhibit or sponsor, or for more information, call Alan Spiegel at 301-949-9766 or e-mail
10th Annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival
Grammy™ Award-winning saxophonist and Tony® Award-nominee Branford Marsalis will headline the 10th Annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 7, from at 4:30 to 10 p.m., in Downtown Silver Spring on Veterans Plaza at Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive.
The Branford Marsalis Quartet will join the ranks of celebrated headliners that the Silver Spring Jazz Festival has featured over the past decade, including Wynton Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Sergio Mendes and Aaron Neville.
For more information, call Montgomery County Recreation at 240-777-6821.  

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Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) has launched its newly re-designed website at

 "The new library website has a modern and clean design that connects our customers with all of the materials and services available from Montgomery County Public Libraries. In response to user feedback, we built the site to be more intuitive and easy to use."
Recreation Centers Guide _Fall2013
Montgomery County's Fall Guide for Recreation and Parks Programs Now Available
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The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services & the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security invite faith-based organization leaders and community activists to become more involved in the County's emergency management procedures.  Participants will learn how the county is organized to prepare for and respond to emergencies, as well as how their organization can be an integral part of that process.

Date and Time: Monday, September 9 from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Emergency Operations Center, Public Safety Communications Center, 1300 Quince Orchard Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
RSVP: Email:  Due to space limitations, RSVP is required.

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The Montgomery County Humane Society is currently recruiting experienced individuals for its board of directors. We seek individuals who will bring expertise and enthusiasm to help steer the organization toward new growth -- experience in fundraising, capital campaigns, finance and governance a plus. Two-year terms will begin January 2014.
For more information contact:

CVC Annual Wards Luncheon logo
All CVC members are encouraged to nominate their business for one of our Community Service Awards to be presented at the Annual Luncheon. To nominate your business complete the form here.

Renew Montgomery Renew Montgomery is a community-driven program that seeks early input from homeowner or civic association leaders who identify neighborhood priorities. Renew Montgomery neighborhoods can receive a variety of services, including repair or installation of curbs, gutters, and sidewalks; repair and maintenance of roads; and renovation of streets, roads and walkways to make them accessible and comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act.  For more.

Engage Program
What kinds of financial data would you like to see posted on dataMontgomery ,, and how would you like to see it posted (charts, graphics, views, etc.)?
 Tell us YOUR opinion here.

The Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County 
Presents The Cycle of Service:
The Cycle of Service
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E-Newsletter Manager

The Office of Community Partnerships is looking for a lead volunteer to create this monthly e-newsletter! You will work with the online software Constant Contact and work closely with the Office of Community Partnerships team to keep this community resource going. Work can be done either at home or at the Office of Community Partnerships office in Rockville or Germantown. Orientation and some training will be provided. Volunteer should have good computer skills and comfort with online software. 

This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to use their writing skills and gain experience using popular email marketing software. Also a chance to learn more about events and issues in the county and network with community leaders. 

For more information contact

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

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