Montgomery County Community Action

Montgomery County Community Action

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.

Friday, June 9, 2017

African American Health Program's Health Freedom Walk - Tomorrow, June 10

Please join the African American Health Program for its annual Health Freedom Walk on June 10. 

When: Saturday, June 10
8 am - Registration and warm-up
9 am - Walk begins

Where: Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
16501 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, MD

Please call 240-777-1833 for more information or click HERE.

The African American Health Program is a CAA partner within the DHHS Office of Community Affairs.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Request for Donations - Interfaith Works Clothing Center School Supplies Drive

Community Action partner Interfaith Works Clothing Center is accepting school supplies for its annual backpack program.  This program provides students with backpacks full of supplies specific to the student's grade level.  

Top items needed:

  • Binders - 2 inch, 3 ring
  • Dividers 
  • Filler paper
  • 2 pocket folders
  • Highlighters- yellow, pink and blue
  • Markers
  • Rulers
  • Pencil Boxes/ Pouches
  • Pens - black and blue
  • Backpacks
    • K - 2 (500 backpacks needed)
    • 6 - 12 (1,500 backpacks needed)

The Clothing Center also has an ongoing need for the following items:
  • Adult diapers
  • Linens
  • Towels

Please drop off donations at the Interfaith Clothing Center, 751 Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville. 

For more information, please call 301-424-3796 or click HERE.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Free Immigration Legal Consultations and Seminar in English and Chinese

The Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center and the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center present:

Free Immigration Legal Consultations & Seminar

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7 pm
Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave, 2nd Floor

This seminar will be presented in English with Chinese interpretation.

New Tool Available for Maryland Self-Sufficiency Standard

The University of Washington has updated its Self-Sufficiency Standard website with a new tool to help Maryland residents, service providers, policy-makers, and others learn about the Self-Sufficiency Standard for different family types. This new tool allows users to select a county and family structure to see how much a given household would need to earn to be self-sufficient.  Please click HERE to learn more.

Please click HERE to view the full 2016 Maryland Self-Sufficiency Standard report.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Community Action Board to Honor Graduates of the Leadership Development Institute on May 10

Community Action Board to Honor Graduates of the 2017 Leadership Development Institute
The Montgomery County Community Action Board will honor sixteen graduates of its Leadership Development Institute (LDI) on May 10 at the Silver Spring Civic Center. The event starts at 6 p.m.
The Community Action Board recruited residents with modest incomes to participate in its new program, conceived by Matthew J. Green, Jr., the previous chair. The group, which first met in October, joined in a series of five workshops led by Board members, elected officials, and representatives of County government agencies and local non-profits.
Monthly sessions helped LDI participants learn how to engage elected officials, navigate the legislative process and government, use storytelling for advocacy, understand issues facing people with lower-incomes, and craft effective letters and testimony.
During a practice session held at the Council Office Building, each participant shared their testimony and received feedback. In April, several members chose to testify during the County Council’s budget hearings.
The LDI graduates, a group that is diverse in age, background, country of origin, and area of residence within the county, will be recognized for learning how to effectively advocate on behalf of their respective communities.
"We are very excited to have had a small role in helping our participants to build these skills, as the foundation of Community Action is maximum feasible participation, engaging all partners, especially our struggling neighbors," notes Pamela Luckett, chair of the Board.
The Community Action Board is the County’s federally designated anti-poverty group. The Board serves in an advisory role to the County Executive and the County Council, and as an advocate for residents with low income. The Board provides governance to the County’s Department of Health and Human Services Community Action Agency programs, including Head Start.

For more information or to request accommodations to attend, please call the Community Action Agency at 240-777-1697 or Maryland Relay at 711.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

This Monday - Rally to Support Montgomery County's Nonprofits

Please join Nonprofit Montgomery on Monday, April 24, at 8:30 am for a rally to support Montgomery County's nonprofit organizations.  The rally will take place at the Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville.  

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Montgomery County Libraries to Host FREE Financial Education Seminars

Free Financial Education Seminars during Money Smart Week

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL), in partnership with Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union and the County’s Office of Consumer Protection, will offer free educational seminars and workshops on a variety of money-management topics during Money Smart Week®  (April 22-29). 

The free seminars are designed to help County residents and employees make informed decisions about their personal finances. The seminars will be presented by collaborating departments and outside organizations, including the County’s Office of Consumer Protection, the Montgomery County Employees Federal Credit Union, The Women’s Institute for A Secure Retirement, the Securities and Exchange Commission and Edelman Financial and the Society for Financial Awareness.

Current Developments in Today's Stock Market - Thursday, April 20; 7:30 PM; Location: Bethesda
Money Smart Week Essay Contest - April 22-30, 2017; Location: Olney
Pro Bono Legal Help Monday, April 24, 2017; 6:30 PM; Location: Gaithersburg
Steps to Financial Success - Monday, April 24, 2017; 12pm; Location: Rockville

Live Your Life by Design NOT by Default - Monday, April 24, 2017; 6:30 PM; Location: Olney

Debt Collection: Know Your Rights! - Tuesday, April 25, 2017; 6:00 PM; Location: Long Branch
Basic Investing - Tuesday, April 25, 2017; 7:00 PM; Location: Damascus

Build Wealth With Smart Retirement Plan Investments! - Tuesday, April 25, 2017; 7:00 PM; Location: Silver Spring
Ins and Outs of Refinancing - Tuesday, April 25, 2017; 7:00 PM; Location: Germantown
Preparing for Retirement - Tuesday, April 25, 2017; 6:00 PM; Location: Gaithersburg

Debt Collection. Know Your Rights. - Wednesday, April 26, 2017; 6:00 PM; Location: Olney

Preparing for Retirement - Wednesday, April 26, 2017; 6:30 PM; Location: Silver Spring

What Women Need to Know about Retirement - Thursday, April 27, 2017; 12:00 PM; Location: Chevy Chase

Investment Products & Risks - Thursday, April 27, 2017; 6:00 PM; Location: Gaithersburg

A Guide for First-Time Home Buyers - Friday, April 28, 2017; Time: 12pm; Location: Rockville

Identity Theft. Protect Yourself! - Friday, April 28, 2017; 12:00 PM; Location: Long Branch

Investment Products & Risks - Friday, April 28, 2017; 12:00 PM; Location: Silver Spring

Money Smart Week Game Day - Friday, April 28, 2017; 3:30 PM; Location: Olney

Can You Guess How Many Pennies - (Ongoing – during Money Smart Week) Olney

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

ECHO Workshop: Aging in Montgomery County - May 16

Community Action, along with the African American Health Program and the Latino Health Initiative, is a proud co-sponsor of the Asian American Health Initiative's 13th Empowering Community Health Organizations (ECHO) Workshop.  This workshop will focus on senior safety and will feature speakers from Adult Protective Services, the State's Attorney's Office, Police Department, and Fire and Rescue Services.

This event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required.  Please click HERE to register online.

Please click HERE to learn more about the Asian American Health Initiative