MAY 2015
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Hospice Caring New Volunteer Training


Hospice Caring Inc. will provide a three-day training for new hospice caregivers and bereavement volunteers, Tuesday, May 12, through Thursday, May 14, 8:30 am-4 pm each day,  at the Hospice Caring Cottage at 518 South Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg. The sessions will cover topics such as communication and active listening, understanding grief, cultural competency, and self-care.


Trained Hospice Caring volunteers provide companionship, home assistance and transportation, adult bereavement support group facilitation, school-based Good Grief Clubs, and health class facilitation.


To sign up for a volunteer training session email Penny Gladhill or call 301-990-8904. Visit Hospice Caring for more information.
Make a Difference
Make a Difference
Make a Difference is a County Cable Montgomery Program highlighting the contributions of volunteers and organizations that contribute positively to our county.

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Montgomery Serves Awards

Congratulations to all the honorees at the Montgomery Serves Awards ceremony, held April 27, at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, who were recognized for their inspiring service to our county. See more about all of the honorees and photos of the awards event on the Volunteer Center website.

Montgomery Serves 2015 group

Back row: Councilmember George Leventhal; Andrea Roane, WUSA anchor and event emcee; Keith Haller, Fund for Montgomery, event sponsor; Michael Barnes, World of Montgomery Public Citizen of the Year Award honoree; Councilmember Craig Rice; County Executive Ike Leggett;  Huey Battle, regional manager at Washington Gas, Montgomery Serves Award honoree; Yidong Hu, Montgomery Serves Award honoree; Susan Nix Webster; Debra Thomas, president of the Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Montgomery Serves Award Honoree; Dr. Melissa Clarke, Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority;  Veretta Nix. Front row: Jean Brady, Neal Potter Path of Achievement Award honoree;  Harvey Zeigler, accepting Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award in honor of his sister Inez Zeigler McAbee; Jennie Forehand, Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award honoree; Karin Wilson, Neal Potter Path of Achievement Award honoree; Tom Perez, Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award honoree. Not shown: Darren Duvall, Montgomery Serves Award honoree. 


Girls on the Run of Montgomery County


Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based youth development

program for girls in 3rd-8th grade, and teaches life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. This spring, Girls on the Run of Montgomery County is serving 2,500 girls in schools all over the county. 


Girls sign up to participate by the season, which runs 10 weeks and culminates in a celebratory 5K running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. 

All of the organization's coaches are volunteers, who are charged with preparing and educating young girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living, and inspiring them to realize their limitless potential. Coaches do not need to be runners or have experience working with youth. Girls on the Run provides all of the training and materials necessary. 


As one of the local coaches notes, "Girls on the Run is so simple, but its positive effect is so profound. These girls are at one of the most difficult stages of their lives. They need guidance, love, and laughter. I coach to help guide girls in the right direction. In turn, I have found part of my purpose." 


In addition to seeking volunteer coaches, the group is currently recruiting volunteers for the Girls on the Run of Montgomery County 5K Fun Run--set for Sunday, May 17, 9 am, at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda--which brings together thousands of girls from all over the county to celebrate and achieve their goal of completing a 5K. There are plenty of volunteer roles to choose from, and the organization promises that volunteers will enjoy the day as much as the girls do! Plus, all volunteers will receive a T-shirt and refreshments. Click here to learn more about this opportunity.


Know About Household Budgeting? 
Put Your Skills to Work!


The Mental Health Association's Representative Payee Program is looking for volunteers to work with low-income, disabled Montgomery County residents who need help managing their federal benefits. Representative Payee clients are often homebound, disabled, forgetful, or have no family or friends who can help them manage their finances.


Following successful completion of training and background check, volunteers are assigned to a program client. Volunteers typically spend four to six hours a month working with their client to make sure that the client's bills are paid and financial obligations are met. 


Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and be willing to make a one year commitment. General knowledge of household budgeting required.


The organization is offering two training sessions this month: Tuesday, May 12, 6:30-9 pm, and Wednesday, May 27, 1:30-4 pm. Both will be held at the Mental Health Association, 1000 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville.


For more information or to register for one of the upcoming trainings, contact Emily Kamin at 301-424-0656 ext. 541 or email

Build a Playground! 
kaboom logo Help Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless build a playground at an apartment for formerly homeless families in Gaithersburg on May 18-20. 
There are Lots of Volunteer Opportunities Outdoors (and in) This Month 
The beautiful weather we usually get in May makes it a great time to sign up for outdoor and active volunteer jobs. Here are just a few of the many outdoor opportunities now listed on the Volunteer Center website (as well as a sampling of some indoor activities). 

Check the
Calendar of Events for more opportunities.

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Denotes opportunities that are approved to provide MCPS Student Service Learning  (SSL) hours.

Many are still great opportunities for adults too! 


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Bernie Scholarship Awards Event:  Thursday, May 7, anytime between 4 and 8:30 pm, Silver Spring Civic Building. Help set up, serve, and clean up supper as part of a program that will recognize the efforts of low-income citizens working to break out of poverty through education. Contact Nancy Scull, or 301-922-5052.


SSL IconFamily Fun Day: Saturday, May 9, 10 am-3:30 pm, Wheaton Regional Park. The Housing Opportunities Commission is looking for volunteers to help run this event, which features a barbecue lunch, train and carousel rides, children's games and face painting, animal balloons, mounted police, fire trucks, and dancers and music. Contact Bonnie Hodge, or 240-627-9525.

SSL IconBats Are Back Mini-Fest: Friday, May 15, 6:30-10 pm, Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda. Help visitors welcome back our region's nocturnal flying mammals at this mini-festival. Outgoing, nature-loving volunteers needed to help with bat-themed crafts and activities geared for kids 5 and up. Contact Lynn Vismara, or 301-495-2504. 


A Walk for Water - Saturday, May 16, Silver Spring.  Amman Imman: Water Is Life needs adult volunteers to help as event supervisors for this fundraiser at JFK High School. Contact: Upen Singh, or 703-231-8498


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Olney Days: Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, activities throughout the weekend at several locations in Olney. Sponsored by the Greater Olney Civic Association, this festival includes a fun fair, fireworks, bike race and bike rodeo, parade, rock concert, singing competition, and shred event. Volunteers needed for a wide range of jobs, from setup and cleanup to operating food contests and face painting. Contact Jackie Benn, or 301-260-9483.

Celebrate Takoma! Sunday, May 17, 10 am-5 pm, Takoma Park. This is an opportunity to assist with a family festival celebrating the cultural diversity of Takoma Park. Volunteers will help run games and activities, work at the information booth, or set up/clean up. Contact Michael Kurland, or 301-891-7285

Build a Playground for Formerly Homeless Families: Monday, May 18-Wednesday, May 20, Gaithersburg. Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless is overseeing a community playground build at an apartment site for formerly homeless families. Help with unloading equipment, cutting lumber, and other prep work on Monday and Tuesday and/or putting it all together on Wednesday. No experience required! Contact Teri Brenits, or 301-917-6660.


Mindful Memorial Day: Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24, 8 am-5 pm, Arlington Cemetery. Volunteers will bring the memorial to life by guiding visitors through the cemetery and offering a mindful moment of gratitude. Contact Lynn Sabia, or 801-390-4310.

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Help Collect Fresh Food for Manna: Saturday May 30, 9 am-1 pm, Rockville. Work at the Farmers Market at Rockville Town Center collecting food donations for Manna Food Center. Volunteers can serve two- or four-hour shifts. No experience necessary, but a fun, lively, seriousness of purpose is expected. Contact Deb Lang, or 301-792-3708. 



Community Ministries of Rockville Volunteers Help County's Most VulnerableCommunity Ministries of Rockville seeks to improve the lives of the county's most vulnerable citizens through a range of services. Ongoing help is needed to provide many of those services, including delivering food to disabled or elderly clients, tutoring students in English, helping seniors with lawn care, and serving as an intake coordinator. Contact Andrea Kempner-Wink, or 301-637-0172.



Volunteers Provide Therapeutic Fun: Sundays, 11:30 am-5 pm, in Rockville and Cabin John. Potomac Community Resources seeks volunteers to help with its weekend respite program, which offers therapeutically fun activities for individuals with significant to moderate needs. Activities include pet therapy, adapted aerobics, music therapy, sensory activities, adapted yoga, and much more. Contact Melissa Wyman, or 301-365-0561.



Volunteer Coaches Help With Sports, Yoga, and Swimming. Assistants with Sports Plus Group teach sports and fitness activities to children and teens with mild to moderate developmental disabilities. Contact Natalie Liniak, or 301-452-3781.


Drivers Distribute Sports Equipment. Leveling the Playing Field makes sports possible for children in underserved populations by providing them the necessary sporting equipment. Volunteer drivers serve the critical role of picking up equipment donations from private homes, recreation centers, and collegiate athletic departments, and then delivering to Gaitherburg. Contact Max Levitt, or 301-801-0738.



Thrift Store Helpers. Volunteers at Urban Thrift in Kensington get valuable retail experience while also supporting The Arc Montgomery County, which serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteers must be at least 16 and will help with receiving, sorting, pricing, hanging, tagging, merchandising, and stocking donations. Contact Nadia Atcha, or 301-984-5777.


Usher and See an Operetta for Free: evening and afternoon dates throughout June at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater in Rockville. Help usher one or more of the Victorian Lyric Opera Company's upcoming productions of Gilbert & Sullivan's Ruddigore and enjoy the show while you're at it! Volunteers must arrive one hour prior to showtime to go over theater safety information and general theater orientation. Ushers must be able to be on their feet for up to one hour at a time and be capable of moving walkers, wheelchairs, or other objects short distances. Contact Felicity Brown, or 301-576-5672.

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