"Together we can accomplish great things!"
        County Executive Ike Leggett
November 2013 - Issue 67:
Volunteer Center
Community Service Day 2013 Engaged Thousands of Participants


Thousands of volunteers participated in service projects during the week of October 20 - 27 to commemorate the 27th Annual Montgomery County Community Service Day. Volunteers taught seniors ipad skills, cleared storm water fields, organized clothes donations, collected food for the hungry, prepared after school snacks for homework clubs, served as ambassadors at the World of Montgomery Festival, collected acorns for re-forestation, and volunteered in many other ways. Over 50 local organizations benefitted from the work that was performed. Mark your calendars for the next Day of Service, Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 20, 2014, and next year's Community Service Day on October 26, 2014.


Go to to find ways to make a difference all year!

Celebrating Community Service Day!  
Capital One workers S-Day

Nearly one hundred Capital One employees participated in Montgomery County's annual Community Service Week by working to spruce up the grounds and facilities at the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) in Bethesda on Friday October 25. Photo with NCCF's Sheryl Brissett Chapman, County Executive Ike Leggett, and Capital One's Jonathan Witter and Jeffrey Hearle. Saturday October 26 will mark Montgomery County's 27th Community Service Day. For information about service opportunities, please log onto

Verizon S-Day
Verizon employees participated in Montgomery County's annual Community Service Week by donating supplies to the George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy's Saturday School on Friday October 25. Photo (from left) Verizon's Tabb Bishop, Volunteer Center's Molly Callaway, County Executive Ike Leggett, Verizon Mid-Atlantic Region Vice President Anthony A. Lewis, Saturday School founder George B. Thomas, Sr., and Fund for Montgomery chair Keith Haller. In addition to collecting supplies for the Saturday School, Verizon organized an electronics recycling rally at its Chesapeake Complex in Silver Spring. Saturday October 26 will mark Montgomery County's 27th Community Service Day. For information about service opportunities, please log onto

Dawson's market S-Day
County Executive Ike Leggett and Dawson's Market's Mike Houston thanked student volunteers who bagged snacks for Housing Opportunities Commission after-school programs at Dawson's Market in Rockville on Saturday October 26, 2013 as part of the 27th annual Community Service Day.

Asian American Community
Diwali Celebration
Diwali Celebration
County Executive Ike Leggett and Delegate Kumar Barve pose with performers at the County's Fourth Annual Diwali Celebration at the Executive Office Building Cafeteria on November 1.
African American Community
Writing Contest and Visual Arts Show
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Commemorative Committee is seeking entries for its literary arts contest and visual arts show in observance of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The writing contest and visual arts show is open to all elementary, middle and high schools students in Montgomery County.   Essay entries must be 150 words or less, and must be in poetry or essay format. Entries will be judged on understanding and appreciation of the ideals of Dr. King; clarity and originality of expression; and adherence to the 2014 theme, "Honoring the Legacy: Celebrate, Serve, Remember."

           For more information, contact James Stowe, director of the County's Office of Human Rights, at 240-777-8491 or email


Interfaith Community Liaison

Clergy Beyond Borders Caravan of Reconciliation
The Faith Community Advisory Council hosted an Interfaith Celebration featuring the Clergy Beyond Borders Caravan of Reconciliation, which visited 9 cities in 4 days.  Pictured are a combination of the interfaith leaders, musicians and spokespersons for interfaith initiatives in Montgomery County.   The purpose was to empower voices of inclusion, counter current extremist trends and celebrate plurality. 

35th Anniversary Interfaith Concert
Inter-Faith Concert
Tuesday, November 19th 7:30 pm concert,
followed by a dessert reception
at Washington Hebrew Congregation
3935 Macomb Street, NW
Washington, DC
Tickets: $35 reserved; $20 general admission; $10 senior and students.
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Latin American Community

National Immigrant Integration Conference


The National Immigrant Integration Conference is a signature event of the National Partnership for New Americans, which advances the integration and active citizenship of immigrants to achieve a vibrant, just, and welcoming democracy for all.

Join us for The National Immigrant Integration Conference 2013 November 17-19 (NIIC 2013) in Miami, FL, an exciting event that brings together policymakers, practitioners, refugee resettlement professionals, faith leaders, elected officials and government employees, funders, organizers, researchers, business representatives, and others stakeholders from across the country to think and learn together.  

Latin Dance Contest
Latin Dance Contest
Monday November 25th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda, Md 20852
Latin Fiesta
A Night of Fun Across Cultures!
Saturday, November 16 - Sister Cities: Morazán/Montgomery Fiesta
Silver Spring Civic Building, 6-11 p.m. Live music by Oscar Perez and his band, Quimbao. Dancing and dinner. Event supports education and the new community college in the County's Sister City of Morazán, El Salvador. $30 per person, includes dinner. Children under 12, free. Call 301-213-0857 or 240-777-2525.
Certified Nursing Assistant Program
Montgomery Works logo Montgomery Works invites you to apply for a grant to study a free Certified Nursing Assistant training program.
For more information or to sign up for a session contact Maria DentTurner,
Career Navigator: 301-929-6880, ext. 1579, or
Caribbean American Heritage Awards

The Institute of Caribbean Studies is honoring Kim Watson, the VP for Community Affairs of  PEPCO, with a Caribbean Heritage Award as a Corporate Community Leader at an event on November 22. 
Montgomery County 100,000 Homes Campaign Registry Week
Montgomery County 100,000 Homes Campaign  
Community/Media Debrief



WhereCouncil Office Building (COB)

100 Maryland Avenue

Rockville, MD 20850


When: Wednesday, November 13 11:00 a.m.-12:00 pm


Event Info: Montgomery County 100,000 Homes Campaign, part of the national 100,000 Homes Campaign, will prioritize those most in need of permanent housing and improve access to permanent supportive housing and services for homeless individuals. Results from surveys conducted on homeless individuals during Montgomery County 100,000 Homes Campaign Registry Week on November 3-7 will be announced at the Campaign's Community/Media debrief.  If you like to attend this event, please RSVP to Diane Aten at 240-240-286-2764 or  

Click here to learn more

Event:  Homeless Resource Day
Date/Time:  Thursday, November 7, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location:  Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg

Event:  Grand Opening of Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad
Date/Time:  Saturday, November 16, 11 a.m.
Location:  Corner of Georgia and Arcola avenues, Wheaton

Event:  28th Annual Montgomery County Executive's Ball for the Arts and Humanities
Date/Time:  Sunday, November 24, 6 p.m.
Location:  Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd., North Bethesda
Box with several images of Service Day
Photos by Cristina Frey
World of Montgomery Festival Big Success

The World of Montgomery Festival, held Sunday October 20 at Westfield Wheaton, was a great opportunity for Montgomery's diverse residents to come together and learn about each other and celebrate the multiple heritages that make up our wonderful county. The 8,000 attendees -- twice the 2012 turnout -- ranged from our newest immigrants to some of our long-time residents (including my 91 year old mother!). We all have so much to learn from each other.

Many thanks to our two main partners, the KID Museum and the Fund for Montgomery. Cara Lesser and her KID Museum colleagues did a great job bringing the world to our neighborhood. Keith Haller did a fabulous job improving our marketing and expanding our base of corporate sponsors. Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who made this event so much fun and such a special experience. I am certain the 2014 festival will build on the momentum of this year and be an even more spectacular success.
World Festival
Please take a few minutes to see photos from the festival by going to:

    Bruce Adams
    Director, Office of Community Partnerships

County News & Events
Executive's Ball
Executive Ball

Event: 28th Annual Montgomery County Executive's Ball for the Arts and Humanities

Date/Time: Sunday, November 24, 6 p.m.

Location: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Rd., North Bethesda

Annual Thanksgiving Parade
Thanks giving turkey

Annual Thanksgiving Parade
November 23 
in Silver Spring. 


More Than 100 Units to Participate.

The local holiday season officially gets underway on Saturday, November 23 when the 16th Annual Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade steps off at 10 a.m. from Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in Downtown Silver Spring. Traveling the same route as last year, the parade will proceed south on Georgia Avenue, ending at Silver Spring Avenue.

ABC 7 Meteorologist Brian van de Graaff will once again serve as master of ceremonies introducing more than 100 parade units. In addition to the ever-popular Marching Band of the Washington NFL football team, the parade will feature glittering floats, a wide variety of local marching bands, beauty queens, clowns, fire engines and animal groups. As always, the parade will end with elves, reindeer and Santa's sleigh.

The parade will be held rain or shine and will be broadcast live on NewsChannel 8. The telecast will be repeated on Thanksgiving Day.

For more information about the parade, call 240-777-6821.


Give Campaign
Employee Giving Campaign
Employee Giving Campaign photo
Leaders of community nonprofits joined County Executive Ike Leggett in Rockville on Wednesday October 23 to kickoff the county's annual Employee Giving Campaign. County Executive Leggett and the nonprofit leaders met with representatives of county departments responsible for organizing the 2013 campaign. From left: campaign coordinator Katie Young, Priti Derrick of Community Health Charities, Alyson March of EarthShare, Ruth Owens of America's Charities, Anna Hargrave of The Community Foundation for Montgomery County, Marcus Goode of United Way, County Executive Leggett, Jeff Brown of America's Charities, Roseanne Wark of America's Charities, Kimberly Tate of United Way, and Mark Bergel of A Wider Circle. The annual campaign will run through November 27. To contribute or for more information, go to:
Holiday Giving Project
Thanksgiving inspires many people to give back during the holidays. The most popular opportunities, such as serving at a soup kitchen or shelter on Thanksgiving Day fill up fast, but there are lots of alternatives. Here are a few to get you started.
Montgomery county banner The County Council is seeking applicants for its Grants Advisory Group for the upcoming year. 
Each year the Council appoints a community panel of volunteers to review and advise the Council on grant applications from non-profit organizations that help fund a wide range of services for our community.  This is an opportunity for community members to provide advice to the Council and learn more about the work and services of nonprofits in our county.

The deadline to apply is November 6 and the following link provides more information on how to apply:
Letters of interest must be received no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Questions regarding the Grants Advisory Group should be directed to Council Grants Manager Joan Schaffer at 240-777-7935 or at .

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We hope you will be able to join us at Temple Beth Ami on Saturday, November 9th for the 2nd Annual Monte Carlo Night.  All proceeds from the evening will be used to fund services provided by the Kaseman Clinic.  Thanks so much to the sponsors who make possible this event.

For information on purchasing tickets please call 301-637-0730.
Tickets $75 per person.
MC Libraries horiz

50+ Vital Living through Volunteering

Learn How to Give Back to Your Community in This Lively Workshop! 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 -- 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814 


* Explore Montgomery County Volunteer Center's rich resources for finding volunteer opportunities. It's all about the right match!

* Learn about the award-winning Pro Bono Consultant Program to share your professional skills on short-term projects.

* Learn about the challenges that nonprofits face and how you might help.

* Want to know more about getting involved on a nonprofit Board? This is the place.


Sponsored by: VLN-Montgomery County Vital Living Network in Partnership with: JCA & Montgomery County Volunteer Center. Click here to see the flier

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

Friends of Library logo
Registration has opened for the semi-annual Senior Spelling Bee, hosted by Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (FOLMC), on Saturday, November 9 at the Little Falls Library, 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda. All participants must register by October 25.

The Senior Spelling Bee is open to Montgomery County residents 55 years of age and older. The registration fee is $25 per person, and participants may seek sponsors to cover the fee. Sponsors will be acknowledged in program materials and at the event.


Persons may register by downloading an application at, calling 240-777-0020 or emailing

Thursday, November 7th, 2013.
Diversity conference
Event organized by Leadership Montgomery.
Just Start! Business Bootcamp

Hillcrest Heights Public Library 

2398 Iverson Street, Temple Hills, MD 20748

Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 10am to 4pm

Maryland Resource and Training Center is hosting Just Start! Business Bootcamp, a 6-hour hands-on workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs. This workshop is for individuals who want to start their own business and don't know where to begin. Just Start! Business Bootcamp will cover 1) what it means to be in business, 2) finding clarity in your business (mission, vision, purpose, goals), 3) business planning, 4) business basics (business entities, trade names, resident agents, boards, and more), and 5) marketing and branding your business. You must register at Space is limited.

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

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