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.

Tax-Aide Program Seeks Volunteers for Tax Season

The Montgomery County Volunteer Center is recruiting volunteers for the Senior Corps RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide Program. This program offers free tax-preparation assistance for low-to-moderate-income Montgomery County taxpayers, with special attention to seniors, and relies exclusively on volunteers who are trained and certified.

Anyone interested in learning about volunteer opportunities and available for training is invited to attend one of two upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions:

Attendees will learn about three types of available volunteer positions:

  • Tax Counselors help taxpayers prepare their federal and Maryland tax returns at one of the more than 20 sites throughout Montgomery County.
  • Client Facilitators welcome taxpayers at each site, help organize their paperwork, and manage the service flow.
  • Schedulers answer calls and arrange appointments at the Tax-Aide Scheduling Office in the Holiday Park Senior Center located at 3950 Ferrara Drive in Wheaton.

The program’s impact is noteworthy; in 2019, 4,780 returns were filed, generating $4.4 million in refunds and saving $1.3 million in tax preparation fees.

No registration is required for the information session. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed.

For more information about the Montgomery County Tax-Aide Program, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/taxaide; or email kathleen.stobie@montgomerycountymd.gov; or call 240-777-2612.

VisArts Seeks Gallery Guide Volunteers

For Spring 2020, VisArts is seeking volunteer gallery guides to lead tours and have casual conversations about the artwork in the galleries. Gallery guides will gain skills in public speaking, audience engagement, researching artwork, and interpreting and analyzing contemporary art. Additionally, gallery guides will be trained and have the opportunity to apply museum and art education strategies during gallery tours. Other benefits include opportunities to earn credit toward art classes at VisArts, meet gallery staff, and gain behind-the-scenes access to the galleries.
VisArts is a non-profit organization with the mission of transforming individuals through the visual arts. VisArts has seven artist studios, four art galleries, and additional art spaces and programs dedicated to contemporary art. Our exhibitions rotate every 6 – 8 weeks and are frequently reviewed in the Washington Post! Enjoy excellent contemporary art without having to go to Washington, DC!
We are located in Rockville Town Square, Rockville, MD, a short walk from the Rockville Metro Station on the Red Line. The galleries are open on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, and on Fridays from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This opportunity is open to all adults, ages 18+.
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 1st at 11:59 PM

Gallery guide responsibilities include:

  • Volunteering for at least one two-hour shift per week
  • Attend three training sessions in August (see dates below)
  • Attend three monthly meetings between September and December
  • Lead tours of the galleries and artist studio spaces
  • Engage in casual conversations with visitors in the galleries about the artwork on view
  • Monitor the galleries
  • Independently research the rotating exhibitions and studio artists

Qualifications:

  • Commit to at least one shift per week
  • Must be mature, reliable, responsible, friendly, personable and punctual
  • Good communication skills
  • Comfortable speaking in front of an audience
  • Prior experience with art or art history
  • If you do not have an art background, prior experience in public speaking
  • Familiarity with or a willingness to learn about contemporary art

Important Dates:
· December 1: Applications are due
· December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22: In-person interviews on weekends
· December 22: Notice of acceptance
· January 5, 11, 12: Three weekend training sessions, 11 AM – 12:30 PM
· January 15 – May 31: Duration of the session
· Monthly Meetings will be based on majority gallery guide availability

To be considered, applicants will need to fill out an application form (to see the application form, please create a Submittable account below), and provide a resume, a cover letter explaining why this opportunity interests you and how you meet the requirements, and contact information for two professional references, each to be submitted with the form.
To complete the application form, click on the “GALLERY GUIDE APPLICATION” button, below.
For questions, e-mail VisArtsGalleryTours@gmail.com

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.