Montgomery County Community Action

Montgomery County Community Action

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
Training
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 VITA@montgomerycountymd.gov





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


IMPACT Silver Spring's East County Network Night - Thursday at 6:30 PM


Please click HERE to learn more about IMPACT Silver Spring


Friday, March 24, 2017

TOMORROW - Super VITA Day in Gaithersburg

Super VITA Day
Saturday, March 25
11 AM - 4 PM
Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg
NO APPOINTMENTS NECESSARY

Residents with incomes below $54,000 can have their taxes prepared FOR FREE.  Volunteers will also be on hand to share information about food and nutrition programs, housing programs, and other services residents may be eligible for. 
Super VITA Day is sponsored by the Community Action VITA Program, in collaboration with Bank On Gaithersburg, Maryland Hunger Solutions, Maryland CASH Campaign, CAFE Montgomery, and many other partners.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Last Day to SubmitNominations for the Community Action Awards - TOMORROW!

It's not too late!

The deadline to submit nominations for the Community Action Awards is TOMORROW, March 23rd!


Please click HERE to submit a nomination online.

Nominations may be submitted in the following categories:

  • Marcia Plater Community Action Adult Volunteer Award – This award honors the contributions of an adult whose volunteer services help lower-income County residents move towards or achieve self-sufficiency.  This award also honors volunteers whose advocacy efforts help to reduce poverty in the County.
  • Marcia Plater Community Action Youth Volunteer Award – This award honors the contributions of a youth volunteer whose services help lower-income County residents move towards or achieve self-sufficiency.  This award also honors volunteers whose advocacy efforts help to reduce poverty in the County.
  • Henry L. Dixon Community Action Award for an Organization – This award recognizes the contributions of a local organization that promotes self-sufficiency for adults in the County and helps to reduce poverty. 
  • Gerald Roper, Sr. Community Action Award for a Youth Organization – This award recognizes the contributions of a local organization serving lower income youth in the County, which improves future success for youth and develops leadership skills. *Extra points awarded for organizations that are youth-led.

For more information, please call 240-777-1697.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Submit Your Nominations for the Community Action Awards - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 23rd


Submit your nominations for the 2017 Community Action Awards!


Deadline extended to March 23rd

Please click HERE to submit a nomination online.

The Community Action Board is accepting nominations in the following award categories:

  • Marcia Plater Community Action Adult Volunteer Award – This award honors the contributions of an adult whose volunteer services help lower-income County residents move towards or achieve self-sufficiency.  This award also honors volunteers whose advocacy efforts help to reduce poverty in the County.
  • Marcia Plater Community Action Youth Volunteer Award – This award honors the contributions of a youth volunteer whose services help lower-income County residents move towards or achieve self-sufficiency.  This award also honors volunteers whose advocacy efforts help to reduce poverty in the County.
  • Henry L. Dixon Community Action Award for an Organization – This award recognizes the contributions of a local organization that promotes self-sufficiency for adults in the County and helps to reduce poverty. 
  • Gerald Roper, Sr. Community Action Award for a Youth Organization – This award recognizes the contributions of a local organization serving lower income youth in the County, which improves future success for youth and develops leadership skills. *Extra points awarded for organizations that are youth-led.

For more information, please call 240-777-1697.

Financial Capability Symposium on April 5th

Community Action is a proud co-sponsor of this year's Financial Capability Symposium.  The event, which is organized by the Coalition for the Advancement of Financial Education (CAFE) Montgomery, along with Family Services, Inc. and many partners, will take place at the Universities at Shady Grove on April 5th from 8:30 AM - 12 PM.  This is a FREE event open to anyone interested in learning more about financial resources and education.  

Please click HERE to register online.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Head Start/PreK Registration Starts Today



Register your child today in MCPS Head Start/PreK!

Today is the first day to register your child in a Head Start/PreK class for the 2017 - 2018 school year. 


Walk-in registration: 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, Mon - Fri, 9 - 4
  
Additional registration sites: located throughout the County  
Please click HERE to learn more.


Registration information available in:

Please call 301-230-0676 for more information or click HERE.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Public Libraries Offer Job Search Workshops



Montgomery County Public Libraries and Washington Career Services Offer Job Search Strategies Workshops

Under its Workforce and Business Development umbrella, Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will collaborate with Washington Career Services to present three workshops on job search strategies.

The workshops will provide tools to help job seekers in today’s competitive job market. Participants will learn how to brand themselves, using a variety of job search strategies (social media, the web, volunteer experience), to accelerate job searches and stand out from other applicants.

The workshops will be facilitated by Melissa S. Fireman, Co-Founder & CEO of Washington Career Services, a career management firm, specializing in helping job seekers in all aspects of career development from career exploration, career transition, job search strategies, to career management. Fireman has over 20 years of experience in career development, recruitment & training.

Registration is now open for the Job Search Strategies workshops, offered at three MCPL branch locations:

Friday, March 31
Germantown,19840 Century Blvd.

Friday, April 21
Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave.

Saturday May 6
Marilyn Praisner,14910 Old Columbia Pike

For additional information about this workshop series, please contact Mary Ellen Icaza at 240-777-0006.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Community Action Awards 2017 - Submit Your Nominations Today!


Submit your nominations TODAY for the 2017 Community Action Awards!

Please click HERE to submit a nomination online.

The Community Action Board is accepting nominations in the following award categories:

  • Marcia Plater Community Action Adult Volunteer Award – This award honors the contributions of an adult whose volunteer services help lower-income County residents move towards or achieve self-sufficiency.  This award also honors volunteers whose advocacy efforts help to reduce poverty in the County.
  • Marcia Plater Community Action Youth Volunteer Award – This award honors the contributions of a youth volunteer whose services help lower-income County residents move towards or achieve self-sufficiency.  This award also honors volunteers whose advocacy efforts help to reduce poverty in the County.
  • Henry L. Dixon Community Action Award for an Organization – This award recognizes the contributions of a local organization that promotes self-sufficiency for adults in the County and helps to reduce poverty. 
  • Gerald Roper, Sr. Community Action Award for a Youth Organization – This award recognizes the contributions of a local organization serving lower income youth in the County, which improves future success for youth and develops leadership skills. *Extra points awarded for organizations that are youth-led.
Nominations are due March 17

For more information, please call 240-777-1697.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

IMPACT Silver Spring to Host Network Night Focused on Immigration Issues on March 7

Community Action partner IMPACT Silver Spring will host a Network Night on March 7 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM to address immigration issues. Residents are encouraged to attend this program to discuss important issues affecting the immigrant community.

Please call 301-298-5117 for more information.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2017 Community Action Awards


The Community Action Board is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Community Action Awards and Celebration, which will be held on May 23. Please click HERE to submit a nomination online or click HERE to download the nomination form.

Nominations are being accepted in the following award categories:

  • Marcia Plater Community Action Adult Volunteer Award – This award honors the contributions of an adult whose volunteer services help lower-income County residents move towards or achieve self-sufficiency.  This award also honors volunteers whose advocacy efforts help to reduce poverty in the County.
  • Marcia Plater Community Action Youth Volunteer Award – This award honors the contributions of a youth volunteer whose services help lower-income County residents move towards or achieve self-sufficiency.  This award also honors volunteers whose advocacy efforts help to reduce poverty in the County.
  • Henry L. Dixon Community Action Award for an Organization – This award recognizes the contributions of a local organization that promotes self-sufficiency for adults in the County and helps to reduce poverty. 
  • Gerald Roper, Sr. Community Action Award for a Youth Organization – This award recognizes the contributions of a local organization serving lower income youth in the County, which improves future success for youth and develops leadership skills. *Extra points awarded for organizations that are youth-led.
For more information, please call 240-777-1697.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Office of Human Rights Civil Rights Tour April 8 - 16

The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights invites residents to participate in the 2017 Civil Rights Tour, April 8 - 16. The tour includes visits to numerous historical sites that played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement. The registration deadline is March 8.

For more information, please click HERE or call 240-777-8479.




Monday, February 6, 2017

IMPACT Silver Spring Hosts East County Collective Meetings

Community Action partner IMPACT Silver Spring hosts East County Collective meetings on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Meetings focus on important issues affecting the East County community.

For more information, please click HERE.




Thursday, February 2, 2017

Immigration Information Session on Feb. 8 at 3 PM

Immigration Information Session for Community Providers and Partners

Hosted by the Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships 


Information session planned to address residents' questions and concerns around immigration and the impact in our community. 

Session will begin with remarks from County Executive Ike Leggett, followed by a panel discussion with leaders from the Montgomery County Police Department; Montgomery County Public Schools; Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of CASA; and a representative from the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC). 


When: Wednesday February 8, 2017

Time: Registration begins at 3pm, panel and discussion from 3:30-5:30 pm

Location:  Silver Spring Civic Building (Great Hall)

One Veterans Place. Silver Spring, MD 20910

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Head Start/PreK Registration Begins March 10



Montgomery County Public Schools Head Start/PreK will begin registration for the 2017-2018 school year on March 10. MCPS will begin scheduling registration appointments on Feb. 1. Please click HERE or call 301-230-0676 for more information.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:



Checklist - What to bring to register your child

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Community Action Agency Publishes FY16 Annual Report

Community Action FY16 Annual Report


The Community Action Agency recently published its FY16 annual report. The annual report includes highlights from the Head Start program, Takoma-East Silver Spring (TESS) Center, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, CAA partners, and the Community Action Board. 

The full report may be viewed online by clicking HERE.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

SNAP Participants Will Be Able to Order Groceries Online this Summer