Montgomery County Community Action

Montgomery County Community Action

Monday, December 19, 2016

Tonight! Gilchrist Center Hosts Information Session about Immigration

Immigration Information Session for Providers and Community Partners


6:30 - 8:30 PM

 Silver Spring Civic Building, Fenton Room

1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD

Session will include a presentation by the Capital Area Immigrants’Rights (CAIR) CoalitionThis program aims to answer your questions and concerns regarding immigration issues impacting your clients. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Community Action Announces Release of Self-Sufficiency Standard for Maryland 2016 Report

New! Self-Sufficiency Standard for Maryland 2016

Community Action is pleased to announce the release of the updated Self-Sufficiency Standard for Maryland 2016 Report

Please click HERE to view the report

Please click HERE to view a press statement from Diana Pearce, PhD, author of the Self-Sufficiency Standard for Maryland 2016 Report

Community Action Agency Participates in Launch of Maryland 2016 Self—Sufficiency Standard Report

For Immediate Release: Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Montgomery County Community Action Agency, a member of the Maryland Community Action Partnership, participated in the release yesterday of the Self-Sufficiency Standard for Maryland 2016 Report. The updated Self-Sufficiency Standard was developed by Diana Pearce, PhD, Director of the Center for Women’s Welfare at the University of Washington.
The report found that Montgomery County has the highest self-sufficiency standard in Maryland. A family of three with one adult, one preschooler and one school-age child would need an income of $86,580 to cover the basic necessities – more than four times the Federal Poverty Level for a family of three ($20,160). Despite Montgomery County’s higher minimum wage, a parent with two young children would need to work over 155 hours per week at minimum wage to make ends meet.
The Self-Sufficiency Standard (SSS) is a comprehensive measurement which calculates how much income a family must earn to meet its basic needs (housing, child care, transportation, food, health care, and miscellaneous costs) without public or private assistance.  The report reviews Maryland’s counties and Baltimore, and shows varying family sizes.
The report shows that the amount required to meet the costs of basic needs increased between 2001 and 2016.  For a single adult family with two children (a preschooler and a school-ager), the standard increased on average by 66%, ranging from 42% to 90% across the state. In contrast, statewide, median wages only increased 40%, only about three-fifths of the increase in basic living costs.
In 2012 when the last report was done, a family of three living in Montgomery County needed $77,933 to adequately meet its basic needs—without public or private assistance.  The Self-Sufficiency Standard has proven to be a useful tool for service providers, researchers, policy-makers and advocates for the low-income community. The Community Action Board supports the use of the SSS as a more accurate measure of the true cost of living in Montgomery County and advocates for utilization of the SSS as an income guideline for County services.
“The Self-Sufficiency Standard is a critically important tool and can help us shed some light on the needs of County residents who are struggling to meet their basic needs,” said Pamela Luckett, Chair of the Community Action Board.  “We hope that the latest Self-Sufficiency Standard report will lead to a better understanding of the challenges facing low-income residents and result in more policies and programs to support the low-income community.”
The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Maryland 2016 report is available for download at and For more information, please call the Community Action Agency at 240-777-1697. TTY users, please call MD Relay (711).

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

African American Health Program's World AIDS Day Event - Dec. 1

The African American Health Program, part of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Community Affairs, will host a special event for World AIDS Day on Thursday, December 1, from 7 - 8 PM at the East County Community Center. The event will include a presentation by Carolyn Massey, Executive Director of Older Women Embracing Life.

To learn more about the African American Health Program, please click HERE.

TODAY! 3 Ways to Give to Community Action on Giving Tuesday

There are 3 Ways to Give to Community Action Today:

  • Volunteer for the VITA Program as a tax preparer, greeter, interpreter or scheduler

For more information, please click HERE or contact Yinka at 240-777-1123/

  • Volunteer as a Food Resource Navigator 

For more information, please contact Yinka at 240-777-1123/

  • Make a donation to purchase books for children in the Long Branch community

Please click HERE to donate.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Community Action Participates in Giving Tuesday


Community Action is participating in Giving Tuesday this year with three ways to give:

  • Volunteer for the VITA Program as a tax preparer, greeter, interpreter or scheduler

For more information, please click HERE or contact Yinka at 240-777-1123/
  • Volunteer as a Food Resource Navigator 

For more information, please contact Yinka at 240-777-1123/
  • Make a donation to purchase books for children in the Long Branch community

Please click HERE to donate.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Book Drive to Support Children in the Long Branch Community

Community Action's TESS Center and Linkages to Learning have joined with First Book and its supporters to launch a new book drive on behalf of the children it serves in the Long Branch community. 

The goal is to raise $3,000 to bring 1,000 new books to be distributed to the children through Linkages to Learning, TESS, and its partners. So far the drive has already raised over $1,000! 

To make a tax-deductible donation to promote family reading and resiliency, please click HERE.

Thank you for your support.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Community Action Board's Statement of Support Re: Honoring Diversity and Respecting All County Residents

TESS to Host Information Session About Social Security - Dec. 6, 6 - 8 PM

The TESS Center will host an informational session with staff from the Social Security Administration to answer residents' questions about Social Security benefits. This event is open to the public. Please note that the session will be conducted in Spanish.

Tuesday, December 6, 6 - 8 PM
TESS Center, 8513 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring

*Refreshments and child care will be provided

Please call the TESS Center at 240-773-8260 with any questions.

Stand Up for the Montgomery Way Rally - Nov. 20 @ 2:30

STAND UP with your neighbors in Montgomery County to reaffirm the values of diversity, inclusion, and respect for ALL that have made Montgomery County special.

Sunday, November 20 at 2:30 PM

Veterans Plaza - Downtown Silver Spring


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

City of Gaithersburg Holiday Giving Program in Need of Donations for Thanksgiving

The City of Gaithersburg is in need of additional donations for its annual Thanksgiving Holiday Giving Program. 

Current needs:

  • Sponsors for 8 families
  • 1 pound bags of rice 
  • 1 pound bags of beans 

For more information, please call 301-258-6395 or click HERE  

City of Gaithersburg
31 S. Summit Ave
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

CAA VITA Now Scheduling Appointments for 2016 Taxes

Community Action's VITA program is now scheduling appointments for 2016 taxes. Residents earning $55,000 or less may schedule an appointment to have their taxes prepared FOR FREEAppointments are available at four locations throughout the County. 

2017 Schedule:

  • GAITHERSBURG: Mondays, 2 - 8 PM, 630 East Diamond Avenue
  • SILVER SPRING: Tuesdays, 3 - 8 PM, 8513 Piney Branch Road
  • ROCKVILLE: Wednesdays, 11 AM - 8 PM, 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 3302
  • WHEATON: Fridays, 11 AM - 5 PM, 2424 Reedie Drive, 1st Floor     

Please click HERE to schedule an appointment online or call 240-777-1123.

Please check the CASHBACK website for more information about VITA appointments and other resources in Montgomery County.  


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Head Start/Pre-K Coat Drive

MCPS Head Start and Pre-K Programs are accepting donations of new coats for low income preschool children. 

Boys and girls coats in sizes 5, 6, 6X, 7, 8, and 10 can be delivered to:

Rocking Horse Road Center
Attention: Lisa Conlon
4910 Macon Road, Room 141
Rockville, MD, 20852

For more information, please contact Lisa Conlon at 301-230-0676 or

VITA Volunteer Orientation Session on Nov. 12

VITA Volunteer Orientation Session

Saturday, November 12

10 AM - 1 PM

1401 Rockville Pike, 3rd Floor, Rockville, MD 20852

Pre-registration is required. To RSVP or request more information, please contact Yinka at or 240-777-1123

VITA is recruiting volunteers to serve as Tax Preparers, Greeters, Interpreters, Schedulers, and Food Resource Navigators.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

VITA Program Recruiting Volunteers

Community Action's VITA program is now recruiting volunteers to serve as tax preparers, site coordinators, quality reviewers, greeters, schedulers, interpreters, and food resource navigators. Volunteer positions are available at sites throughout the County. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. 

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Volunteer Maryland Coordinator Yinka Taiwo via e-mail or by calling 240-777-1123.

Free Workshop on Dec. 6 - Aging in Montgomery County: Creating an Inclusive Community for a Lifetime

Community Action will co-sponsor the Asian American Health Initiative's ECHO workshop along with DHHS Office of Community Affairs partners the African American Health Program and the Latino Health Initiative. 

FREE ECHO Workshop:
Aging in Montgomery County: Creating an Inclusive Community for a Lifetime 

Tuesday, December 6, 5:30 - 8 PM

Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place

Please click HERE to register.

Monday, October 24, 2016

TESS Center Honored at the New Americans Expo

Congratulations to the TESS Center!

On October 23, Community Action's Takoma-East Silver Spring (TESS) Center was honored at the New Americans Expo with the Community Heroes Award. TESS was honored with other local organizations for its role in aiding the victims of the Flower Branch Apartments fire this summer. 

Following the Long Branch Apartments fire, TESS was immediately transformed into an emergency response center, providing critical services to those impacted by the fire. TESS continues to support the victims of the fire as they begin to rebuild their lives.

Pictured left to right: TESS Center Manager Maureen Larenas, County Executive Ike Leggett, and County Council President Nancy Floreen