COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Montgomery County Updates
County Executive Isiah Leggett 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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She Builds Event
In partnership with Women Building Washington Group, Rebuilding Together Montgomery County is hosting a She Builds event on March 9, 2018. This sister to sister event will support low-income female homeowners by creating safer and healthier homes, and give female builders a meaningful, hands-on opportunity for service. This is the second year RTMC has participated in She Builds, a national movement across Rebuilding Together affiliates that aims to bring together female leadership from across our networks to transform neighborhoods into thriving places to live and grow.
This year, we have decided to expand She Builds by committing to working on two female-led households on March 9, 2018. If you would like to learn more, are interested in volunteering, or would like donating to the event, please visit our website at http://bit.ly/2mnlmt4.
1000 Mattresses Campaign
Members of the 2018 EL class is working with A Wider Circle to collect 1,000 mattresses.
About A Wider Circle & The 1,000 Mattress Campaign
A Wider Circle is on a mission to eliminate poverty one family at a time. A Wider Circle offers the below services:
· Workforce Development
· Wraparound Support
· Neighborhood Partnerships
· Restorative Health
What is the 1,000 Mattress Campaign?
A Wider Circles’ largest program is the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program. This program provides beds, dressers, tables, chairs, dishes, pots, pans and other small home goods to families transitioning out of shelters, escaping domestic violence or simply living without basic needs.
There is a request annually for over 10,000 mattresses. By providing 1,000 mattresses to vulnerable families, we can bring more stability and dignity needed as a base to rising out of poverty.
How can you get involved?
1. Support this cause with a monetary donation:
• Your donation of $150.00 or more can purchase a brand new full size mattress for a family in need.
2. Donate your gently used mattresses
• We are looking for individuals, businesses, mattress companies, department stores, universities, or apartment complexes to partner with us to donate a gently used mattress. Mattresses must be in good condition, free from stains and soils.
3. Donate your time and transportation
• Your business can donate In-Kind Transportation Services for Local Mattress Pick Ups from various locations across Montgomery County.
If you have questions regarding this opportunity to get involved in Montgomery County, please contact Michelle A. Nelson (EL 2018 Class Participant) 240-446-2886, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rainbow Place Paper Products Donation Drive
Rainbow Place is an emergency shelter that works with women at the very beginning of their transition out of homelessness. Rainbow Place’s primary focus is to keep the women they serve safe during the harsh winter months. Their season runs from November 1 to March 31, and during that time the women they serve receive a warm, safe place to sleep, a hot dinner, breakfast, a bag lunch, shower, laundry facilities, and access to case management. Approximately 40% of their annual budget comes from in-kind donations. Rainbow Place is currently in need of:
- Dixie Coated Paper Plates, 7″ and 9″
- Dixie Coated Paper Bowls
- Dixie Coated Paper Cups, 7-8 oz
- Paper Towel Rolls
- Plastic Forks, Knives, and Spoons
Please bring your donations to the Leadership Montgomery office at 5910 Executive Boulevard Suite 200 Rockville, MD 20852. Donations will be collected through March 31st. Monetary donations can be made to Rainbow Place at http://www.rainbowplace.org/donateToRainbow.
Questions? Email Amanda Smith at email@example.com
Community Grants Panel of the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy
Volunteer to be part of the Community Grants Panel of the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL) for Fiscal Year 2019. MCAEL is a community coalition that works to expand access to, and improve the quality of, adult English literacy classes in Montgomery County, MD. MCAEL’s role as a backbone organization allows it to leverage data, resources, and funding to create a multiplier effect for the 60+ organizations and their 1500+ staff and instructors who serve almost 15,000 adults in the county each year. (www.mcael.org.) With funding from the Montgomery County government, MCAEL offers grants to support quality adult ESOL classes.
Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL) is seeking nonprofit professionals, business leaders, education/ESOL specialists, and community representatives from in and around the Montgomery County area to serve on the Community Grants Panel. (Note: Individuals who are in leadership roles — e.g., staff members or board members, etc. — in literacy organizations receiving or applying for grant funding from MCAEL in Montgomery County or those who otherwise have a similar conflict of interest are not eligible.)
The grants process will run from April – June 2018; the time commitment includes the following meetings:
• Wednesday, April 18, 5:30 p.m. Orientation and Training
• Wed May 9 or Friday, May 11 Applicant Interviews
• Friday, June 1 All-day meeting to develop funding recommendations
(April 18 and June 1 meetings are mandatory; must be available either May 9 or May 11 morning or afternoon.) Grant panelists read and evaluate 20-30 applications, interview applicants, and join in making funding recommendations to the MCAEL Board of Directors. A more detailed schedule of time commitment is available upon request.
Interested applicants living or working in the County should submit their letter of interest with a resume to Ms. Rudi Jeung, Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by Friday, March 9.
National Rebuilding Day
Our 2018 National Rebuilding Day (NRD) event will take place throughout the month of April and will culminate on April 28, 2018. On this weekend, 600+ volunteers from businesses, faith-based organizations, and leadership groups will come together to complete over 20 home repair projects that will uplift our local neighborhoods and create sustainable housing solutions for our county’s most vulnerable residents.
If you would like to sponsor a volunteer team during this year’s event, or learn more about National Rebuilding Day, please visit our website at http://bit.ly/2EloIDB
Pro Bono Tax Attorney Wanted
Silver Spring Village, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that helps neighbors age-in-place, is seeking pro bono support from a tax attorney to provide guidance on tax deductibility of membership dues. This would include drafting the tax determination for Board review and identifying any required communication to members. If available, please email email@example.com.
Seeking Treasurer for the Rockville Science Center Board of Trustees.
Interested in inspiring a passion for the lifelong exploration of science? Want to be part of our goal of establishing a brick-and-mortar building in the Rockville region to cultivate a sense of inquiry, discovery, wonder, and understanding of the scientific foundations of everyday life? We are seeking a Treasurer for the Rockville Science Center (RSC) Board of Trustees. The Treasurer is responsible for ensuring sound management of RSC resources and timely reporting to enable the Board to monitor these resources. The Treasurer also oversees a Bookkeeper. We are at an exciting crossroads of our almost 30 year history and want you to be part of it. For further information, please contact RSC Board President Bob Ekman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help our Young Adults through Summer RISE
Provide our future workforce with a head start this summer! Serve as a Career Experience Host for high school juniors and seniors for 3 weeks in July. Share your workday with a student and show them the opportunities they can pursue. They need you! Learn more and register today to serve as a career host at https://summer-rise.com/info-for-hosts/
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.