JUNE 2015
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Do More 24
June 4th is this year's
Do More 24. A day for everyone across the Washington, DC region to unite for one day of giving to support the most pressing needs in our community.

On June 4 the search engine on their website will open and you can find agencies by name or by mission. Look for our wonderful Montgomery County nonprofits and support this cause and 
"Give where you live". 
 Check out Seniors Today to see the  interview on RSVP - Retired & Senior Volunteer Program with RSVP Volunteer Jane Barrett and RSVP Director Kathleen Meaney Stobie.
Click on Select Chapter and scroll down to RSVP Program.
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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The Montgomery County Volunteer Center is part of the Office of Community Partnerships. For more information on the Office of Community Partnerships and to sign up for the Partnerships Newsletter, please

and the Volunteering is Easy! 

While we promote "volunteer all year" around here, we know the summer , in particular, is a great time to try out some new volunteer experiences.  Dive into our online database to look for summer opportunities. 
Click here for ideas and search tips.

Check out Summer Camp Opportunities: 
Great and Small Therapeutic Horseback Riding in Boyds. Required orientation June 6. Camps are June 8 - August 15.

Summer Camp & Swim Assistants with Therapeutic Recreation at locations county-wide

Girl Scouts Camps in Sandy Spring and Takoma Park
June 16-19

Summer Sports & Dance Camps for 1UpHandles at Kennedy HS June 22 - July 31

Tutor with For Love of Children in DC - June 22 - July 30

iCan Shine Bike Camp in Takoma Park - July 6-10

Try the keyword "camp" or search other opportunities on our website! 

The Reading Connection (TRC) is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children and families by helping them create and sustain literacy-rich environments and motivation for reading.   Through the Read-Aloud program, volunteers bring books to life during one-hour Read-Alouds that engage children in books and hands-on activities with children living in shelters and affordable housing complexes. Last year TRC served over 1,300 children through its various programs and gave away over 11,800 books.

Summer Program Opportunities:

Every summer, underprivileged children are at-risk to lose more than two months of reading skills.  Through We Are Readers, TRC's summer reading program, children at the Greentree Shelter in Bethesda, and four other DC area partners, will be read to twice a week and get two books a week for the first six weeks of summer.


Volunteers are needed to conduct the second weekly Read-Aloud on Thursdays from June 22 to July 30 from 7 to 8 pm.  Volunteers will participate in groups and will use provided materials for these Read-Alouds.  Volunteers must commit to between three and six sessions, clear a background check and be at least 16 years old.  Orientation will be held on Tuesday, June 9 in Arlington.  For more information, click here

And there are year-round opportunities, too!

Year-round volunteer opportunities are also available through the Read-Aloud program at the Greentree Shelter in Bethesda on Tuesday evenings.  Volunteers commit to reading one Tuesday a month and planning their sessions with teammates.  Apply online at:  


For more information, contact Stephanie Berman at SBerman@thereadingconnection.org or 703-528-8317, ext. 10.

RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide Program
Wraps Up Another Super Season!
RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers Honored for their Length of Service at the Volunteer Appreciation Brunch hosted by Brighton Gardens of Tuckerman Lane on May 21, 2015.
L to R:  RSVP Director Kathleen Meaney Stobie, Norma Brailsford, Sid Schwartz, Doug Ashbrook, Shelley Brown, Patrick Byron, Linda Rowe, Don Christoferson, and District Coordinator Lynn Kinch

Congratulations to the amazing volunteers in the RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide Program! They wrapped up another very successful tax season - through snow, snow and more snow! -- filing 4,541 tax returns, resulting in $4,303,493 in total refunds for low-to-moderate income Montgomery County taxpayers with special attention to seniors.  Over 120 volunteers served 16,000+ hours at 25 locations throughout Montgomery County.  The dedication of the volunteers to this vital community service is inspirational! 

If you are interested in joining the RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide team next season as a tax counselor, client facilitator (greeter) or scheduler, click here or email montgomerycountytaxaide@gmail.com.  Volunteer information is sent out in the fall.  


No more pencils, no more books ... 

This just in from Montgomery County Public Schools ...

Encourage your child(ren) to clean out their lockers, book bags, desks and closets and donate their usable school supplies to families in need through the annual Drive for Supplies campaign.  

School Supplies Drive


The collected supplies are donated to MCPS schools, and local and international nonprofit groups. Contact your child's school to find out if the school is participating. 



Note: NEW THIS YEAR -- Join the Drive for Supplies Corps!  Rather than a one-day volunteer opportunity sorting and packing for distribution, this is now
a student leadership program. 
Student Applications are DUE by 4 pm on 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

For more information, call the Student Affairs Office at


datespecificBelow are just a few of the opportunities listed on the Volunteer Center's website.  Check the Calendar of Events for more date-specific opportunities, and use the red box to search for more ongoing 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! 


SSL Icon Sun May 31 - Pack Food for the Hungry with Capital Area Interfaith Friends, a youth service group whose members do service projects together and learn about each other's faiths. Pack food for the hungry at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Potomac. SSL hours for food packing time only. Contact Dominique Rychlik at rychliks@gmail.com or 301-580-0934.

Wed Jun 3Senior Connection New Volunteer Open House: 9:30 to 11 am at Holiday Park Senior Center. Learn about the flexible volunteer opportunities with the Senior Connection. Contact Mary Murphy at volunteer@seniorconnectionmc.org or 301-942-1049. 


SSL Icon Sat Jun 6 - Strawberry Festival at Sandy Spring Museum: Hundreds of volunteers are needed to help with games and family activities in art, culture, science & technology. Min age: 12. Contact Allison Weiss at aweiss@sandyspringmuseum.org or 301-774-0022. 


Sun Jun 7 - Serve Beer & Wine at Taste of Wheaton. To help raise money for their food pantry and emergency services for the needy Mid-County United Ministries needs 40 volunteers for 2 hour shifts between 11 am and 5 pm

Min age:  21. Contact Larry White at 

 midcountyunitedministries@gmail.com or 301-929-8675.


Jun 6&7 and 12&13  - DC Jazz Fest needs hundreds of volunteers from June 1 through June 16 with the biggest needs on June 6-7 and 12-13. Help with many opportunities including  serving as an ambassador in the instrument petting zoo and much more. Contact Aqmeri Amen at
aqmeri@dcjazzfest.org or 202-457-7628.


Sat Jun 13 - American Heart Association's 10K Race, 5K Run and Walk overlooking the Potomac River at Washington Harbour in Georgetown needs 300 volunteers to help with registration, start/finish lines, water stops and the post race party. Individuals and groups are encouraged to sign up. Contact Joellen Brassfield at Joellen.Brassfield@heart.org  or 703-248-1784.


SSL Icon Sun Jun 14 - Alex's Run is a 5K Run/Walk for the Alex Popeck Never Back Down Foundation established in the memory of a local teen scholar/athlete. Funds provide scholarships for students who make a difference in their community. Volunteers are needed to help with setup, registration, cleanup and more. Min age: 14 Contact Bart Popeck at alexpopecknbd@gmail.com or 301-793-9131.


SSL Icon  Jun 18-21 -  AFI Film Docs 2015 Festival: Thursday through Sunday AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center in Silver Spring needs hundreds of volunteers to help with all aspects of this national documentary film festival from working the box office to managing screenings.
Min age: 16. Contact Donna Purchase at  volunteer@afidocs.com  or 202-320-4414.

SSL Icon Sat Jun 27 - Clarksburg Historical Society - Volunteer for Montgomery County Heritage Day - Help with set up and take down of historical displays. Promote shared sense of community for our diverse population and learn about history of our town that has grown from 3,000 to 30,000 residents. Min age: 14. Contact Jean or Joann at jeanhh2014@gmail.com or 301-916-3899.

SSL Icon Sat Jul 4 - Autism Speaks 5K in Potomac MD needs 100 volunteers to help with setup, registration, water stops and more. Contact Christina Markish at

SSL Icon Butterfly Exhibit Volunteer - Brookside Gardens Wings of Fancy live butterfly exhibit runs July through October 2015. Hundreds of volunteers - adults and students - are needed to serve as ticket takers, flight attendants and tour guides.  Min age: 14; min age 11 when volunteering with a registered parent/guardian volunteer.
Contact Jodi Bucknam at 

mcp-gardenvolunteer@montgomeryparks.org or 301-962-1429.

Mercy Health Clinic in Gaithersburg needs volunteer licensed physicians and nurses as well as bilingual (English/Spanish) volunteers to provide office support and to serve as interpreters. Join the team to provide quality primary and preventive care to those in Montgomery County who are low-income and uninsured. Contact Maria Maravilla at maria.maravilla@mercyhealthclinic.org or 240-773-0307.


Wordpress Website DesignerKids Feeling Fit Foundation (KFFF) is seeking a temporary part time volunteer IT consultant to assist the Foundation to convert the KFFF website to a WordPress mobile-ready format in order to better serve our mission. KFFF provides scholarships for deserving families so that their children with special needs are able to participate in personalized exercise programs and improve their physical fitness and self-esteem.

Contact Robin Feldman at  feldmanr@prodigy.net or 


SSL Icon ReStore Volunteer - Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers for their nonprofit retail outlets in Gaithersburg and Silver Spring. Help with  customer service, keeping the store neat, moving merchandise and more. Contact Volunteer Coordinator at ReStore.Volunteer@HabitatMM.org or
301-990-0014 x16.

Montgomery County Volunteer Center - Office of Community Partnerships volunteer@montgomerycountymd.gov | http://www.montgomeryserves.org
12900 Middlebrook Road
Suite 1600
Germantown, MD 20874
 (240) 777-2600