Montgomery County Community Action

Montgomery County Community Action

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

Community Action's VITA Partnership Receives Governor's Service Award

Community Action Agency’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Partnership Recognized at Maryland’s 33rd Governor’s Service Award

Montgomery County Community Action Agency’s (CAA) VITA Partnership received the prestigious “Community of Service” award at the 33rd Annual Governor’s Service Awards for its “significant volunteer contributions to the state and its people, changing Maryland for the better.” The award category recognizes Maryland cities, town, townships or other identified communities that mobilize volunteers to meet pressing needs.

The Community Action Agency’s VITA Partnership, part of the County’s Department of Health & Human Services, was recognized for engaging 122 volunteers who served 2,543 households in the last year, including 1,881 households during tax season. Taxpayers received more than $4.9 million in refunds or credits, including approximately $2 million in federal Child Tax Credits (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC), the Maryland EITC, and Montgomery's Working Families Income Supplement. Taxpayers, including the self-employed, were expected to return over $1 million in state and federal taxes (owed). Taxpayers participating saved almost $700,000 through VITA’s free tax services.

The VITA Program is now recruiting volunteers for the upcoming 2016 tax season. Volunteers may serve as tax preparers, greeters, interpreters, hunger resource navigators, schedulers, site coordinators, and quality reviewers. To volunteer, call 240-777-1123, or visit

Pictured L to R: Ron Jennings, vice-chair of the Community Action Board and chair of CAFE Montgomery; Adeyinka Taiwo, Volunteer Maryland coordinator (AmeriCorps), Bruno Marujo, VITA community fellow, Maryland CASH Campaign; Abiola Abodunrin, VITA site coordinator; Ron Hayes, VITA volunteer; the Hon. Boyd K. Rutherford, Lt. Governor of Maryland; Sharon Strauss, executive director, Community Action Agency; Taunya Johnson, VITA coordinator; Steven McAdams, executive director, Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives.

Monday, October 17, 2016

EITC & Free Tax Preparation Roundtable on Oct. 26


Wednesday, Oct. 26

8 – 11 AM

Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Plaza

Please join the Maryland CASH Campaign, Montgomery County Community Action Agency, and County Councilmember Hans Riemer's Office for a free roundtable discussion about expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and free tax preparation services. 

Please RSVP to Francesca Jean Baptiste at

Please call 240-777-1697 for more information.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Community Action Agency Moving to Rockville on October 8

Community Action is moving from Wheaton to Rockville!

When: October 8, 2016

New Address: 1401 Rockville Pike, 3rd Floor, Rockville, MD 20852 

Telephone Numbers: All office telephone numbers will remain the same.

Community Action's New Office Building in Rockville