COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Montgomery County Updates

County Executive Marc Elrich is committed to representation on all of the County’s boards, committees, and commissions that is reflective of, and responsive to, our County’s residents. Public participation contributes to the work of County government and provides an important service to the community when a variety of issues, concerns, and viewpoints are presented. Currently, there is a valuable opportunity to serve on the following:

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Please Note that the BCC Application Process is Online!!!

You may access vacancy announcements for boards, committees, and commissions through the following link: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/boards/index.html . Please read instructions carefully on that page, where you will find a link directly to the vacancy announcements.

50+: Vital Living Through Volunteering – A Special Program Designed to Help County Residents Over 50 Find Their Best Volunteer Fit – To Be Held at New Locations

For Immediate Release 

The Montgomery County Volunteer Center and its 50+ Volunteer Network, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL), Montgomery County Vital Living Network, and Senior Corps Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, will hold its next three  free programs at County libraries to help attendees find their best volunteer fit. The first presentations held at the Gaithersburg, Bethesda, Twinbrook, Silver Spring, White Oak, and Rockville Libraries received positive feedback, with requests for additional locations.

The next 50+: Vital Living Through Volunteering events will be held at three separate venues:

  • Thursday, Feb. 27, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Chevy Chase Library at 8005 Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase
  • Tuesday, March 3, from 1to 2 p.m. at the Wheaton Library at 11701 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring
  • Monday, March 30, from 1 to2 p.m. at the Potomac Library at 10101 Glenolden Drive in Potomac

The program will feature Deborah Missal and Gretchen Zekiel, Senior Fellows/Program Managers, 50+ Volunteer Network.  Topics will include:

  • The Montgomery County Volunteer Center’s rich resources for exploring volunteer opportunities
  • The 50+ Volunteer Network that offers personal consultations and guidance in finding an opportunity that is the right fit
  • Real examples of how volunteers and nonprofits have connected to make a great match

No registration is required. Attendees will also receive the 50+ Vital Living Networker containing resource information about living well as you age in Montgomery County.

Questions should be emailed to, 50plus@montgomerycountymd.gov. To request sign language interpretation services for library-sponsored programs, email MCPL.DeafAccess@montgomerycountymd.gov, preferably with three business days’ notice. To request other accommodations, contact the Chevy Chase Library at 240-773-9590, Wheaton Library at 240-777-0678 or Potomac Library at 240-777-0690.

For more information about the Montgomery County Volunteer Center and its programs as well as future events, visit the website.

Assistance available for Nonprofits

The Maryland Nonprofit Development Center offers free technical assistance for nonprofit organizations of less than $750,000 in revenue and less than 10 years old, and is administered by Maryland Nonprofits.

To receive an application or obtain additional information, visit commerce.maryland.gov/nimbl.

Montgomery County 50+ Volunteer Network

Connecting Skilled Volunteers with Nonprofits in Need

The Montgomery County 50+ Volunteer Network is a unique, new county initiative housed at the Montgomery County Volunteer Center.  It focuses on leveraging the professional and personal skills of the rapidly growing 50+ population as a valuable resource for nonprofits and government agencies. Through personal consultations, the program effectively matches agencies needing specific assistance with skilled volunteers seeking purposeful opportunities.

For many years, the Volunteer Center has operated the Pro Bono Consultant Program for nonprofits requiring skilled volunteers on short-term projects, and RSVP (Retired Senior and Volunteer Program) whose partner organizations offer volunteer opportunities for seniors 55+.  This new program takes the best practices of each and broadens the quantity and scope of the volunteer opportunities available.

The 50+ Volunteer Network actively recruits professionals who are retired or considering retirement, empty nesters, and others aged 50 and older who want to make a significant contribution of time and talent to serve the community.  Volunteer Center advisors will help them find an opportunity consistent with the individual volunteer’s skills, interests, and availability.  Staff will also work directly with nonprofit and government agencies to determine the types of volunteers and assignments that are the most valuable, as well as provide support to help train, supervise, and manage volunteers.

Opportunities will include:

  • Ongoing, program management and support – possibly editing a newsletter, providing administrative and client intake services, managing an event or program, or as a member of a board of directors
  • Short-term consulting projects, such as grant-writing, accounting, strategic planning, marketing, web design, or IT help
  • Direct services to clients in need, including tutoring or mentoring programs, teaching adult literacy, or providing career counseling to those in transition.

Unlike other programs and web-based services, the 50+ Volunteer Network is unique in its personal matching services, the broad range of opportunities, and the free cost to any nonprofit or government agency that is registered with the Volunteer Center.

For more information, visit our website at www.montgomeryserves.org, or email us at 50plus@montgomerycountymd.gov.