Montgomery County Community Action

Montgomery County Community Action

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

TESS and IMPACT Silver Spring Host FREE Winter English Classes

Register for FREE English classes this winter!

Basic Level Classes: Wednesdays, January 17 - March 21, 6:30 - 8:30 at Clifton Park Baptist Church

Intermediate Level Classes: Tuesdays, January 16 - March 20, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at TESS

*Registration and placement testing on January 9 & 10 at 6:30 pm at TESS  

To learn more, please call 301-298-5117.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Free Tax Tips Workshops in January

CAA VITA is partnering with WorkSource Montgomery to offer FREE workshops about tax preparation and financial education.  

January workshops at the East County Regional Services Center will focus on tax tips.  

Workshops will also be held in Germantown and Wheaton throughout the year.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Linkages to Learning Seeks Gift Cards for Teens

Linkages to Learning Seeks Donation of Gift Cards for Teen Holiday Gifts

The Linkages to Learning (LTL) program seeks gift cards to be given as holiday gifts to teens served by the program.  LTL is a community school partnership between Montgomery County Health and Human Services, Montgomery County Public Schools and non-profit service providers which provides needed health and social services to over 5,400 students and family members in 29 elementary and middle school communities with high rates of poverty.
Each holiday season, gifts are provided to children and teens.  Gift cards can be of any denomination and suggested stores include Target, Walmart, BestBuy, local movie theaters and restaurants.

The goal is to collect 500 gift cards.  Gift cards can be mailed to Linkages to Learning, 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 310, Rockville, MD 20852 or staff is available to pick up cards.

For more information, call Haifa Krakaur at 240.777.1291 or email

Please click HERE to view the press release.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Volunteer with CAA VITA this Tax Season! #GivingTuesday

It's Giving Tuesday! 

Join the #GivingTuesday movement with the Community Action Agency. 

CAA VITA needs volunteers during the tax season to serve in multiple locations.  To learn more, please contact Erica at 240-777-1123 or

Please click HERE to learn more about the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Office of Human Rights Hosts FREE Informational Breakfast About Employment Laws on Dec. 7

The Office of Human Rights invites residents to attend a free informational breakfast about the County's employment laws on Dec. 7, 8:30 am - 12 pm.  

Please email or call 240-777-8479 to RSVP.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

VITA Partnering with WorkSource Montgomery to Host Free Tax Preparation Workshops

 Maryland Workforce Exchange

Community Action's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is partnering with WorkSource Montgomery to host free tax preparation and financial education workshops this year. Registration is now open for December workshops in Wheaton and Germantown. 

Please follow these instructions to register:
  1. Go to the main MWE website
  2. Log in or register 
  3. Follow the link for Appointment Center on the left-hand side
  4. In the drop down menu called Events Calendar, select Montgomery County
  5. Select the location you wish to view (Wheaton or Germantown)
  6. Select the month and click filter
  7. The results are in a list view or calendar view, whichever you select. Once you see the workshop you're interested in, click on it and you will have the option to register. 

*On-site registration also available.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Head Start/PreK Programs Seek Donations of New Winter Coats for Students

Donate new winter coats to MCPS PreK/Head Start students

Please send or drop-off new boys' and girls' coats in sizes 5, 6, 6x, 7 and 8 to:
Rocking Horse Road Center
4910 Macon Road, Room 141
Rockville, MD 20852

*Hats and gloves are also appreciated

Please call 301-230-0676 for more information.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

VITA Volunteer Orientation Sessions Nov. 2nd and 8th

Interested in connecting community members with tax preparation and other resources? 

Volunteer with the CAA VITA Program

VITA is seeking volunteers to serve as Greeters, Tax Preparers, Interpreters, and more.  Volunteer opportunities are available at several locations throughout the County.

Orientation Sessions: November 2 and 8, 11 am and 2 pm

VITA Training Sessions: November 14 - January 10

Orientation and training sessions will be held at 1401 Rockville Pike

Please email or call 240-777-1123 to sign-up. 

Please click HERE to learn more about the VITA program.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

VITA Program Recruiting Volunteers for Tax Season

Where will you serve?

Consider volunteering with the VITA Program!

Community Action's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is seeking Greeters, Tax Preparers, Interpreters, Food Resource Navigators, and other volunteers for the tax season (January - April 2018)

Contact:’ or 240-777-1123 


Monday, September 25, 2017

TOMORROW - Register to Vote at the TESS Center!

National Voter Registration Day

Tuesday, September 26
9 am - 12 pm
The TESS Center, 8513 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring

Please stop by the TESS Center to register to vote on-site and have your voter registration and election day questions answered. 

TESS will be joined by staff from the Board of Elections.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Nov. 1 Panel Discussion About Aging in Place

Please call 240-777-1231 for more information.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Register to Vote at the TESS Center on Sept. 26

National Voter Registration Day Event 

September 26, 9 am - 12 pm
TESS Center, 8513 Piney Branch Rd, Silver Spring

Bi-lingual (Spanish and English) staff from the Board of Elections will be available to answer questions.  

Please call 240-773-8260 for more information.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Donate School Supplies Now Through Aug. 31

Montgomery County Community Back-to-School Drive to Support Local Youth; Community Members Encouraged to Participate in Donation Drive
As the start of the school year approaches, multiple government agencies and community organizations are working to ensure that Montgomery County children have a “Smart Start” to begin the school year. To ensure that every child has a backpack filled with necessary school supplies, the community is asked to participate by donating schools materials and/or backpacks.
Donation drop-off sites are available at the following locations:
Ashton Rehabilitation Clinic
962 Wayne Ave., L-A, Silver Spring
11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Giant Foods
13490 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring
9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Giant Foods
2900 University Blvd., Wheaton       
9 a.m-8 p.m.

8661 Colesville Rd. Ste A.104, Silver Spring                                   
9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Red Lobster
8533 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring                                                     
11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Shoppers Food
2201 Randolph Road, Wheaton                                             
9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Silver Spring Civic Building
One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring                
9 a.m.-5 p.m.

12389 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring                                                   
9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Whole Foods
833 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring                                             
9 a.m.-8 p.m.      

School supplies will be accepted at donations sites through Thursday, August 31 at noon. The Silver Spring Civic Building will accept donations until 7 p.m. on August 31.
The school supplies needed include: wide-ruled paper; pens; pencils; sharpeners; glue sticks; colored pencils; folders; rulers; highlighters; three-ring binders; index cards; pencil pouches; erasers; plain colored plastic folders; Crayon 24; blunt scissors; Mead Five Star Spiral Notebook College Ruled; Mead Five Star Pocket Folders; Assorted Colors; Mead Five Star Composition Notebook College Ruled, Bound; Mead Five Star Reinforced Filler Paper College Rule -3 Hole Punched and scientific calculators. Also, personal items such as hand sanitizer and tissues.
The back-pack distribution will take place Thursday, August 31 at 7 p.m. under the Pavilion of the Silver Spring Civic Center located at One Veterans Plaza, Fenton and Ellsworth Streets in Silver Spring. The event will include entertainment by local musicians, dancers, poets and special presentations. There will also be information and other items of interest by sponsoring organizations.
The Montgomery County Department of Police, through a donation from the Montgomery County Police Foundation, will contribute 100 new backpacks and school supplies. The Montgomery County Police Foundation is a non-profit organization formed with the goal of supporting the Montgomery County Department of Police in the furtherance of its mission to work cooperatively with the community to enhance public and officer safety. The department is pleased to use some of these funds to support our County students as they begin the new school year. Officers will attend the event to help distribute all the donated items to the families with children in attendance.
The alliance includes: Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Montgomery County Department of Police, Giant Foods, Faith Community Baptist Church, Staples, Ashton Rehabilitation Center, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Michaels, Shoppers Foods, Safeway, Navy Federal Credit Union, Heart of Tabitha Foundation, T-Mobile, Whole Foods, and many other local faith groups.

For more information about the event contact Daisey Thompson at 240-437-7217 or Delores McCoy at 240-708-6443.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Welcome Back Center Information Session for Internationally-Trained Nurses - August 15

DHHS Welcome Back Center 
Information Session for Internationally-Trained Nurses

August 15, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
8630 Fenton Street, 10th Floor, Silver Spring
Register online HERE by August 4

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Apply Today to the Community Advocacy Institute!

Are you interested in learning how to be an advocate for your community?

Apply today to the Community Action Board’s Community Advocacy Institute (formerly the Leadership Development Institute).

The CAI includes a series of FREE workshops featuring elected officials, local advocates, and issue experts.


Applications due August 25

To qualify for this program, participants must be Montgomery County residents with household incomes of $54,000 or less.

If you need special accommodations, please call 240-777-1697.  TTY users, please call MD Relay (711).

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Register Today for the Single Parent Conference on August 12 - FREE!

Community Action is a proud co-sponsor of the 
2017 Single Parent Conference

August 12, 8 am - 3:30 pm

Montgomery College Rockville Campus

Register online HERE by July 28

This event is FREE.  Respite care will be available for participants.

The conference includes workshops on a variety of topics: money management, home and vehicle maintenance, family and personal issues, career, and education.

Please click HERE to learn more or send email to

Monday, July 17, 2017

Register Your Child for Head Start/PreK at the TESS Center on July 25

Bi-lingual (Spanish and English) staff from Montgomery County Public Schools will be at the TESS Center to register children for Head Start/PreK and answer parents' questions.

Tuesday, July 25, 9 am - 3 pm

The TESS Center, 8513 Piney Branch Rd, Silver Spring

To schedule an appointment, please call 901-230-0676

To learn more about MCPS Head Start/PreK, please click HERE

Friday, July 14, 2017

Register Today for the Long Branch Leadership Training Program!

Are you interested in learning how to improve your community?

Please join the National Hispanic Council on Aging, Montgomery County Aging and Disability Services, and the Montgomery County Community Action Agency’s Takoma-East Silver Spring (TESS) Center for a Free 2-Day Training


*Training will be conducted in Spanish

Learn about important issues affecting older Hispanic adults, their families, and caregivers.

August 15 & 16, 9 am – 4 pm
Silver Spring Civic Building, Spring Room
One Veterans Place

To register, please click HERE or send email to by August 7

To request special accommodations or for more information, please call NHCOA at 202-347-9733. TTY users call MD Relay (711)


Monday, July 10, 2017

VITA Program Now Preparing Amended, Prior Year and Current Year Tax Returns for Low-Income Residents

For Immediate Release: July 10, 2017
Community Action VITA Program Now Preparing
Amended, Prior Year and Current Year
Tax Returns for Low-Income Residents

The Community Action Agency’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) partnership, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is now scheduling appointments through October 31 for amended, prior year and current year tax returns. VITA’s free tax preparation services are exclusively for Montgomery County residents. To qualify, residents must have incomes of less than $54,000.

Appointments are currently available on Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Takoma-East Silver Spring Center, located at 8513 Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring and on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Action Agency offices, located at 1401 Rockville Pike in Rockville. Appointments are available on July 19, August 16, September 20 and October 18 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Rockville location.    To schedule an appointment online, please visit or call 240-777-1123. TTY users, please call MD Relay (711).

Through the VITA program, residents can apply for or renew an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Per the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), ITINs not used on a federal income tax return at least once in the past three years will expire December 31, 2017.  Affected taxpayers who expect to file a tax return in 2018 must submit a renewal application.  For more information, visit the ITIN website at .

Since 2008, Community Action has provided the only free, year-round tax preparation program in Montgomery County. In tax year 2016, the VITA program filed tax returns for 2,204 county households, totaling more than $5.4 million in refunds and credits to taxpayers.

To learn more about the County’s free tax services and other financial education resources for low-income residents, please visit or call 3-1-1/ TTY users: MD Relay (711).

Friday, June 30, 2017

Summer Programs at the Gilchrist Center

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New Summer Programs available at the Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center

Wheaton - Mid-county Regional Services Center, 2424 Reedie Dr., Wheaton
East County - 3300 Briggs Chaney Rd., Silver Spring
Germantown - Upcounty Regional Services Center, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown

Please visit the Gilchrist Center website to learn more.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Starting Today - TESS Center Offers Free Lunches to Children

TODAY is the first day of the Summer Meals Program at the TESS Center!

Free lunches will be distributed to children Mon - Fri, 11 am - 1 pm, now through August 18 (except July 4 and July 6).  No appointment necessary.

For more information, please call 240-773-8260

To find a Summer Meals site near you, please click HERE.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Now Accepting Applications for VITA Community Fellow Position

Apply today for the Maryland Community Fellows Program!

Montgomery County Community Action's VITA Program is recruiting one Community Fellow for 2017 - 2018.  

Job Responsibilities for CAA VITA's Community Fellow Include: 
Tax preparation
EITC outreach
Financial education

Fellowship Dates: September 5, 2017 - May 4, 2018

Requirements: Fellows must be currently enrolled in a graduate program or an undergraduate program as a junior or senior

To Apply: Download the application HERE

Application Deadline: July 17

For more information, please call 240-777-1123

Friday, June 16, 2017

CAA VITA Now Accepting Applications for Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps Member Position

Are you interested in serving the community and gaining valuable skills in volunteer recruitment and management?  

Apply today to serve as the Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps Member for the VITA Program!

Position dates: September 6, 2017 and ends July 31, 2018

Application deadline: August 1

How to apply: Online HERE or download the application HERE

For more information, please call 240-777-1123 or send email to

Monday, June 12, 2017

Community Action Board Accepting Applications for 3 Vacancies in Low-Income Sector

The Community Action Board is now accepting applications for 3 vacancies in the low-income sector of the Board.  Montgomery County residents interested in applying may submit an application online HERE.  

*Please note that low-income representatives on the Board must be democratically-elected by a local group or organization.  

The application deadline is June 30.

TESS Center to Provide FREE Summer Meals to Children June 26 - Aug. 18

TESS Center to serve as a walk-in site for Summer Meals Program

WhoChildren 18 and younger

What: FREE lunches during the summer break

When: Monday - Friday, 11 am - 1 pm, June 26 - August 18
*TESS will be closed on July 4

Where: The TESS Center, 8513 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring

Please call 240-773-8260 for more information.

To find a Summer Meals Program near you, please click HERE.