COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers Needed for Montgomery County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program for Upcoming Tax Season.  

The Montgomery County Community Action Agency’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is recruiting volunteers to become IRS-certified VITA tax preparers, schedulers, greeters, interpreters, quality reviewers and site coordinators for the upcoming tax season that runs from January through mid-April. The Internal Revenue Service requires that VITA volunteers be U.S. citizens, legal residents or otherwise reside legally in the U.S.

VITA provides free tax help to residents, including ITIN taxpayers, with household incomes of $60,000 or less. The program links clients to valuable tax credits that provide critical support to lower income households.  Volunteers receive free training and can volunteer in Rockville, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg or Wheaton. High school students may receive SSL hours by volunteering as greeters or schedulers.

Two virtual information sessions for prospective volunteers will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and from 6-7 p.m. Email VITA@montgomerycountymd.gov to register for a session.  Visit the County’s CASHBACK website or call 240-777-1123 to learn more about volunteering.

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: 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.

Board Members Needed

The Civic Circle seeks a board member to join our dynamic and growing team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who shares our mission to use music and the arts to empower young students to understand and participate in democracy. This is a chance to join a lively board that includes educators, performing artists, entrepreneurs, and civic leaders. We are committed to building an inclusive board that reflects the full diversity of Montgomery County, and we encourage individuals of all backgrounds and ages to apply. To inquire please contact Eliza Newlin Carney at ecarney@theciviccircle.org.

Transform Lives. Help Nurture Relationships. Embrace your Strengths. Empowering the Ages (ETA) is seeking new board members throughout the region to join us and help with governance, fundraising, and planning for the future. ETA transforms people’s lives and nurtures intergenerational relationships by building bonds between individuals of varying ages, cultures and religious backgrounds. ETA values community, innovation and diversity/inclusion/equity.

To learn more, contact Leah at leah@empoweringtheages.org.

TransCen—a name adopted to illustrate its role as a “transition center” –was established in 1986 as a non-profit organization dedicated to improving employment and career opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities.  If you are interested in becoming involved as a Board Member, please contact Laura Owens at lowens@transcen.org or read more information here: BoardFlyer_2.0 (2)

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.