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:

Please share this notice with anyone who may be interested.

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

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

7th  Annual Sonya Spencer Memorial Volunteer Fair

QIAGEN’s Americas Community Service Committee (ACSC) organizes events throughout the year in order to support national and local service organizations. One of those events for 2020 is our 7th Annual Sonya Spencer Memorial Volunteer Fair on Thursday February 13th from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at our Germantown, MD site.

Our previous year’s event was a huge success, thanks to organizations like yours! The continued goal of the Volunteer Fair is as an outreach to our employees, to expose them to a variety of volunteer opportunities in our local communities and to mobilize them to actively utilize the paid 8-hour day they receive annually for community service.   This year we’re hoping to highlight organizations that have flexible opportunities so our employees can easily get started with their service, and hopefully, build on that experience with a lasting service partnership.

 If you are able to attend, we would ask that you would bring whatever information you have available on your organization (posters, graphics, etc.) as well as any pamphlets/giveaways employees could take away regarding volunteering, specifically short term opportunities. In addition, we would like to receive one PowerPoint slide with highlights of your organization and volunteer opportunities.  We will provide a table and chairs for your “booth” as well as an ice cream treat for all attendees!  If there are other resources you might need (ie. power outlet), please include that with your R.S.V.P so we can do our best to accommodate your needs.

QIAGEN is looking forward to partnering with you for this event to make a stronger impact in our local community. R.S.V.P. by February 4th to:;


Montgomery Council Seeks Applicants for County Board of Appeals

Deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, February 5 at 5:00 pm

The Montgomery County Council is seeking applicants for a partial term on the County Board of Appeals. The term to be filled is currently held by Jon Cook, who will be resigning effective January 27. His term expires in September 2022. Applications for the positions must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5.

By law, no more than three members of the Board shall be from the same political party. This position must be filled by a Republican, a voter who is unaffiliated with a party or a voter who is a member of another party officially recognized by the Board of Elections. This position cannot be filled by a Democrat.
In addition to Mr. Cook (Other), current members of the Board include Chair John Pentecost (Democrat), Katherine Freeman (Democrat), Bruce Goldensohn (Republican), and Mary Gonzales (Democrat). Members of County Boards, Committees and Commissions may not serve on more than one such group at a time.
Members of the board receive $15,525 annually, with the chair receiving $21,942. Salaries are adjusted each December to reflect 50 percent of the change in the Washington Area Consumer Price Index.

Duties of the Board of Appeals include hearing and deciding requests for variances from development standards contained in the County’s Zoning Ordinance; hearing appeals from certain administrative decisions rendered by County government agencies; and hearing oral argument on and deciding appeals from decisions of the Hearing Examiner on conditional uses. The board also considers and decides requests for modifications of special exceptions.

The board normally holds weekly hearings all day Wednesday and worksessions every other week on Wednesdays. If necessary to accommodate an extended caseload or continued hearings, the board may schedule hearings on other weekdays. Members are expected to prepare for the hearings by reading the cases to be heard and to share the workload of drafting and editing opinions or to follow-up on investigations on specific cases. Members work approximately 15-25 hours a week.

The principal jurisdiction of the Board of Appeals does not include the municipalities of Brookeville, Poolesville, Laytonsville, Rockville, Barnesville, Gaithersburg, and Washington Grove. The Council is not precluded from appointing someone who resides in one of these municipalities, although the Council may avoid doing so.

Letters expressing interest, including a resume listing professional and civic experience, political party affiliation, home and office telephone numbers and an email address, should be addressed to: Council President Sidney Katz, County Council Office, 100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850 or can be emailed to Letters of application must be received no later than 5 p.m. on February 5. It is the Council’s policy not to consider applications received after the deadline. After the closing date, Councilmembers will review the letters of application and may select applicants to interview.

Letters of application and resumes are made public as part of the appointment process. Any interviews held are open to the public and will be televised. A financial statement of assets, debts, income and family property interests will be required of all applicants. Only the appointed candidates will be required to make the financial statement available for public review.

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

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, or email us at