"Together we can accomplish great things!"
        County Executive Ike Leggett
October 2013 - Issue 66:
Volunteer Center
Celebrate Community Service Day!  

Be a part of Montgomery County's Annual Community Service Day on October 26th.  Celebrate service by volunteering during the whole week of October 20th-27th.  This is a great opportunity for families, businesses, and community groups to serve together.  MCPS students can earn SSL hours!  Don't wait long to register as projects are already starting to fill up! 

Click here to see the full list of projects


Check out a few highlighted projects


Spend time with Seniors at Festival - Bethesda
Invasive Weed Removal at McCrillis Gardens - Bethesda

Rachel Carson Conservation Park Trail Workday - Brookeville

Event Preparation at Button Farm - Germantown

Lourie Center Cleaning and Landscaping - Rockville

DC Diaper Bank Distribution Day - Silver Spring

Gilchrist Center
New Spanish Literacy program at Long Branch Library
Adult literacy program

The Gilchrist Center has launched a new Spanish Literacy program in partnership with CENAES (Centro de Alfabetización en Español) at the Long Branch Library.

Thanks to this great partnership, residents who never had a chance to learn how to read and write in their native Spanish language finally get an opportunity to overcome this hurdle, enabling them to later transition into learning English, valuable life skills, and even GED, in the Long Branch neighborhood.

This program is free of charge and runs every Thursday from 6 to 8 pm at the Long Branch Library. In addition, students also benefit from accessing Library services, meeting its staff, and learning about other programs available to them and their children. For more
Affordable Care Act in Montgomery County

The Gilchrist Center Resources offers a webpage with the Affordable Care Act presentation given at the Down County Network meeting on September 11, 2013. It provides a good overview of how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be implemented in Montgomery county. All legal residents of Maryland that do not have health coverage from their employer are eligible.

Check out the Gilchrist Center's resource guides!

Affordable Care Act presentation (September 2013) Gilchrist Center Resource Guides

Get personal assistance with enrollment. See our calendar of events.

Montgomery County will host a Spanish language information session on ACA on October 29th in Wheaton. Additional details will be provided shortly.
For more information contact:
Karla Silvestre
Manager, Gilchrist Center; Community Liason, Latino Communitiesand New Immigrants' Issues. 240-777-2525,
Se habla español.
Asian American Community
Sister City Trip to China

View our photos on flickr

Pictured in this photo (L to R): Montgomery County Councilmembers Hans Reimer and Roger Berliner, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, Mayor of Xi'an Dong Jun, and President of Sister Cities International  Mary Kane.

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett led a joint economic development and Sister City trip to China from September 15 - September 25. The purpose of the economic development activities of the trip was to open more doors for County businesses in China and to encourage China investment in high-tech and bio-tech projects in the County. While the Sister City purpose of the trip was to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Xi'an, China. This is Montgomery County's third Sister City. The first was Morazán, El Salvador and Gondar, Ethiopia the second. Sister Cities create relationships based on cultural, educational and trade exchanges, creating lifelong friendships that provide prosperity and mutual benefits through "citizen diplomacy." For more photos of the trip, please visit
African American Community
Talent Search Auditions for MLK Day
Seeking performers of Spoken Word, Musical Selections, Creative Dance, Instrumental Selections, Skits, etc. to perform at the 20th Anniversary of Montgomery County's Celebration and Tribute to Dr. King.


Auditions will be held on Friday October 11, 2013 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, Music Building, Recital Hall 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville MD 20850


Auditions must be scheduled and conducted in person, for a maximum of three (3) minutes only. Auditions must be the specific piece that will be performed on January 20, 2014 (if selected). All performances must be related to the 2014 Theme: Honoring the Legacy; Celebrate, Serve, Remember.


To schedule an audition, please contact Ms. Rachel Reed at by Tuesday, October 8, 2013. If you have questions, please call Ms. Carmen Poston-Farmer at 240-567-5253 or Ms. Yvonne Stephens at 240-567-4203.


Montgomery County's 20th Anniversary Celebration and Tribute of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Music Center at Strathmore.  


Interfaith Community Liaison

MOCO Friendship Picnic
Friendship picninc
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.

Interfaith Community with Executive
The Executive Committee of the Faith Community Advisory Council is pictured with the County Executive, Isiah Leggett, in a meeting of some 70 leaders of Eastern and Western faith traditions on September 10.  The session included reports from the Religious Land Use Working Group, Faith Community Working Group and Committees on Intervention and Prevention of Violence, Solidarity Programming and Clergy Response to Acts of Hate and Violence.  For further information contact the Interfaith Community Liaison, Rev. Mansfield Kaseman or call 240-447-1715.
Interfaith group with police department
The Faith Community Role in Public Safety and Preventing Violent Extremism was the topic sponsored by the County Executive's Faith Community Working Group at the Muslim Community Center on August 28.  Seventy-one enjoyed dinner followed by an address from Chief Manger and discussion of a model engaging faith communities with government, non-profits and Department of Police.  Pictured from right to left are Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi, Chair of the Faith Community Working Group Committee on Intervention and Prevention, Rev. Mansfield Kaseman, Interfaith Community Liaison, Imam Mohamed Abdullahi of the Muslim Community Center, Chief Tom Manger, and Rashid Makhdoom, President of the Montgomery County Muslim Council.  
Training Faith Based Organizations in Emergency Preparedness and Response Co-sponsored by Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services · Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security · Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships · Montgomery County Faith Community Working Group drew an overflow of 47 on September 9 at the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.  Pictured above is the Planning Committee from right to left Kay Aaby and Dr. John Kenney with Health and Human Services, Becky Zorn of the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi Co-Chair of the Faith Community Working Group, her left in front Fatima Darrani of the Faith Community Working Group, behind Rev. Mansfield Kaseman, Interfaith Community Liaison, and Michael Goldfarb, MC Office of Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security.  For information on subsequent sessions you may contact Rev. Kaseman  or cell 240-447-1715. 
Latin American Community
October 7, 6 - 7:15 p.m. -- the City of Gaithersburg's "Hispanic Heritage Event featuring Bolivia." Boher Park Community Center, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg.

October 7, 10:30 a.m. -- Bilingual Story time Spanish/English, a special six-week series of stories, songs and rhymes in Spanish and English. Little Falls Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda.

October 9, 7:30 p.m. -- Jaime Salazar, a.k.a. Gato, singer-guitarist. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman La., North Bethesda.*

October 10, 6 - 11 p.m. -- Second Annual Montgomery County Hispanic Heritage Celebration and Awards Ceremony, Noche de Estrellas. Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place.*

October 20, Noon - 5 p.m. -- World of Montgomery Multicultural Festival featuring four countries, including El Salvador. Westfield Wheaton, 11160 Viers Mill Rd.

Noche de Estrellas a Hispanic Celebration
Thank you for sharing this historic evening with us!
Visit Photos & Photo Album:

Hope to See You in Wheaton on Sunday October 20; Where Will You Serve on
Saturday October 26?

October is my favorite month. We celebrate the two things that make Montgomery County so special - our commitment to service and our rich diversity.

The World of Montgomery Festival, 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.

    Bruce Adams
    Director, Office of Community Partnerships

County News & Events
The World of Montgomery Festival
Exploring the World in Your Own Backyard
Sunday, October 20, from 12-5pm in Wheaton

The World of Montgomery Festival celebrates and displays the rich cultural heritages of the DC Area.  The festival will be held at Westfield Wheaton Plaza Mall parking lot (next to the metro) on Sunday, October 20th, 2013, from noon to 5:00pm.  

Sponsored by Fund for Montgomery and organized by KID Museum, the free festival includes an international village, a global kitchen with chef demonstrations of traditional ethnic food, a craft market, a Parade of Cultures, two performance stages of traditional dance and music, connections through service, traditional arts and music.
MCDOT guide of services

MCDOT Residents' Guide Now Available in Multiple Languages

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation's (MCDOT) Resident's Guide to Services is now available in Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese. The guide provides phone, website and email contacts that direct residents to more information about all of MCDOT's basic services as well as those provided by the Maryland State Highway Administration.
East County Leadership Summit
Program Topics: Health/Human Services, Education, Housing, Transportation, Public Safety and Economic Development County Officials and Agency Heads, Homeowner Associations, Business Organizations, Civic Groups, Religious Institutions, Education Professionals and Residents of Eastern Montgomery County coming together to discuss and prioritize the most pressing issues in the Eastern Region.    View Calendar for more information.

County Executive Isiah Leggett and Catherine Leggett cordially invite you to attend the 12th Annual County Executive's Awards for Excellence in the Arts & Humanities on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center, Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Spring. The event is FREE and open to all but tickets are required. For more information, go to: 
MOCO town hall meeting for students The Montgomery County Council, which for the past several years has held Town Hall Meetings throughout the County in its efforts to find out what issues most concern residents, will learn what is on the mind of younger residents when it hosts its fourth-ever Town Hall Meeting for Students on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Council Office Building in Rockville. The meeting, in the Council's Third Floor Hearing Room, will start at 7 p.m. A pre-meeting reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the building's second-floor cafeteria.
Habitat for Humanity photo
Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, MD
Global Village Trip to Morazán, El Salvador
December 7th through December 15th

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 an excursion to beautiful El Salvador while we build homes for the El Barrial Community in Morazán, El Salvador.  You will learn about the country and the people in a way that isn't possible with ordinary travel.
For more contact:
The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services is holding a community forum to gather input from the public on the department's FY2015 operating budget.

The forum will be held on Monday, October 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Children's Resource Center in Rockville.  A representative from the Office of Management and Budget will present an overview of the County's fiscal forecast for FY2013, followed by HHS Director Uma Ahluwalia, who will review the department's priorities.  Following the briefing, participants will have an opportunity to help identify services that will help ensure the department's goal of building a safe, healthy and strong community.
Commissions and boards will have three minutes to speak and all others will have two minutes to speak.  To sign up to speak, call 240-777-1211 (voice) or 301-251-4580 (TTY) by close of business October 9or email by close of business October 19.
If you're over 50 - or love someone who is - don't miss the 14th annual 50+Expo taking place on Sunday, Oct. 13 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, co-sponsored by Montgomery County Government. (A similar event takes place the prior Sunday, October 6, at Ballston Common Mall in Arlington, Va.) Parking is free in the county garage across the street.
Hear Dr. Luigi Ferrucci, scientific director of the National Institute on Aging at NIH, speaking about research teaching us how we can live longer and better. Attendees can also obtain free health screenings, a flu shot, gather information about local services and products for older adults, and enjoy exercise classes.
For more.
The College Park/Sandy Springs Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi will be hosting its annual College Tour. The event will take place on Thursday, October 17th-19th, during which time, participants will visit and experience college life on several college campuses including: Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State University, Fisk University, Meharry Medical College, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Winston-Salem University, North Carolina A&T University and North Carolina Central University.   

The purpose of the tour is to give high school students the chance to experience the culture of campus life at universities of different sizes and locations, and to help these students begin to realize their dream of higher education.  It will be an experience of a lifetime. Give this gift to a student in need today!

The cost of $300 for college tour participants will cover travel, food, lodging and the football game ticket.  Payments for participating in the college tour can only be made via Paypal using the following link .  All payments via Paypal must be posted by October 11 th. . For more information about the college tour, please contact the committee chairman, Byron Holmes at 202-603-3664 or
Join us for a two-part Table for Ten series to engage in substantive dialogue and idea sharing with Development Directors from similarly sized nonprofits.

The first session of this series will include an open-ended conversation among attendees, in order to bring forth relevant issues affecting fundraising in the nonprofit sector. The second session will include a facilitated conversation - and tentatively a guest speaker - to present on a topic deemed pressing by the group.

Thursday, October 17, 2013 9:00AM - 10:30AM

Registration is limited to 15.  For registration.
Montgomery County Recreation Department Director Gabriel Albornoz h
Montgomery County's Recreation Department Director
Receives NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award  

Montgomery County Recreation Department Director Gabriel Albornoz has received the National Football League's (NFL) Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. The award is presented by Courtyard by Marriott during Hispanic Heritage Month in all 32 NFL markets nationally. Albornoz was recognized onstage during a star-studded 26th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and was introduced by NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz. The prestigious Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards were created by The White House to honor notable Latinos who have distinguished themselves in various fields and made an impact on America and beyond. 

  "Dispelling Myths About the Affordable Care Act and Seniors"

Residents interested in learning more about the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what it means for seniors are invited to attend any one of a series of community events sponsored by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and the Montgomery County Department of Recreation that will be held in October.
County Executive Isiah Leggett and a representative from the Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) will address the myths surrounding the effect the ACA will have on seniors.  Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about Maryland's plan for implementing the ACA, which mandates that legal residents age 18 to 64 have health insurance coverage beginning January 1, 2014 or face a penalty.
County Executive Isiah Leggett and a representative from the Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) will address the myths surrounding the effect the ACA will have on seniors.  Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about Maryland's plan for implementing the ACA, which mandates that legal residents age 18 to 64 have health insurance coverage beginning January 1, 2014 or face a penalty.
For more
See chart below for events calendar.
Montgomery county food council
The Montgomery County Food Council is actively recruiting working group members from all areas of the food system to participate in the work of the council.

Working group membership is free and open to all County residents. Join a working group that matches your interest and expertise, and have an impact on the local food system!
As a working group member, you will have the opportunity to share your concerns facing your organization regarding its role in the Montgomery County food network. You can share your insights and influence food-related decision making and strategies implemented at the local level.
Becoming a working group member is easy!
Contact Food Council Coordinator, Jessica Weiss, 301-537-7422, or e-mail

October Calendar of workshops and Events

A few of the workshops that may be of particular interest to those already in business include the Protecting YourBrand - Intellectual Property for Business Owners, Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns and our monthly QuickBooks workshop.

For more information contact:
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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

IMPACT needs community guides

Our organizers are in need of enthusiastic and dedicated Network Guides to support their work with Opportunity Circles in Wheaton. If you are interested in becoming a Network Guide please check out our website for more information.

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

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