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.

MCPS Summer RISE Program Hosts Needed

Summer RISE is a program for rising Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) high school juniors and seniors to learn about a career during the month of July. We need help recruiting hosts to offer these students career-based learning opportunities, while building a potential talent pipeline.

 Highlights of Summer RISE 2021:

  • July 5-30, 2021
  • Hosts determine flexible schedule | 40 hours up to 4 weeks
  • In-person, virtual or a combination of the two
  • Supplemental workshops will be offered to help students complete hours
  • Virtual Closing Ceremony: Friday, July 30th

Here are a few ways where you can help:

  • Become a Summer RISE Host by registering now through Friday, May 7th
  • Consider hosting an informational session with your members or promote one of our pre-planned sessions
  • Promote Summer RISE with your network by sharing our host flyer (and attached), informational sessions, website and registration and on social media (suggested wording and graphics attached) to companies/organizations in your network who you think would consider hosting

Montgomery County Recreation’s Senior Program Team Invites Residents to Join the Recreation Outreach and Engagement Group 

Montgomery County Recreation’s (MCR) Senior Program Team invite residents interested in advancing programming for adults 55 and older to be part of a new outreach team. This newly formed group began after the feedback received from a series of community listening sessions indicated there was a strong interest in volunteering as senior promoters to assist MCR with the delivery of exceptional senior services.

The team of community outreach workers will work as ambassadors to understand and vocalize the needs and preferences of older adults. The group will actively engage in shaping of programming that reflects best practices in providing social and recreation services to the County’s diverse community of seniors.

Five community members will lead the team with assistance from MCR. There are multiple areas for outreach including:

  • making recommendations to MCR about recreation and social programming offerings that best serve the diverse needs and preferences of older residents;
  • outlining the needs of caregivers and outlining strategies to support caregivers within the scope of the MCR mission;
  • identify fresh perspectives on how to effectively meet the changing and diverse needs of older adults.

There is flexibility within the group to expand to other areas of interest depending on the experiences, expertise and interest of the volunteers. There are no limits to the number of volunteers who will be accepted to the group. Community members dedicated to improving services to seniors are invited to be part of the group.

Those interested in this opportunity should email Emily McDonell at  Emily.mcdonell@montgomerycountymd.gov. Forms received by March 31 will be given priority for group placement.

Board Service Opportunity 

Cornerstone Montgomery, an independent, nonsectarian, nonprofit 501(c) 3 mental health organization serving adults and transition-aged youth in Montgomery County, seeks dedicated volunteers to serve on its Board of Directors.  Cornerstone Montgomery’s mission is to empower people to live, work, and integrate successfully within the community and the agency’s programs help people find and keep housing, train for new jobs, and lead independent lives.

Born of a merger in 2012 between St. Luke’s House (founded 1971) and Threshold Services (founded 1981), Cornerstone Montgomery is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2021.  With comprehensive, community- and evidence-based mental health and co-occurring substance use disorder treatments and interventions for individuals living in poverty, Cornerstone Montgomery’s Outpatient Mental Health Centers, Crisis Residential Homes and Residential Rehabilitation Programs, Vocational Programs, Community Outreach, and Telehealth provide the wrap-around support needed to assist clients on their paths toward self-sufficiency.  More information is attached, available at www.cornerstonemontgomery.org and by contacting Cornerstone Montgomery President and CEO, Cari Guthrie Cho at cari.cho@cornerstonemontgomery.org

BLM Signs Available for Purchase

The Rotary Club of Downtown Silver Spring created a Black Lives Matter yard sign project to support their Black Lives Matter statement.  Proceeds from the sale of the sign are donated to alleviate food insecurity through the Rainbow Community Development Center.  The Rotary Club has partnered with All Set Restaurant, an African-American owned business to sell the signs.  Double-side yard signs with stands are $20.00, and single-sided window signs are $16.00.

To purchase, please contact Theresa Testoni at volunteermontgomeryco@yahoo.com.

Board Service Opportunity 

Bethesda Green is looking to add diversity to its board of directors and seeks candidates for consideration. Bethesda Green works to address environmental challenges locally by creating a sustainable, green community, built collaboratively through citizen engagement, environmental education, government partnership and innovative business development. We address environmental challenges through recycling, composting, stormwater mitigation and other local projects; we run an Environmental Leaders mentorship program to support environmental education for area high school students; and we implement the leading business incubator/accelerator program in the Mid-Atlantic that helps “eco-entrepreneurs” build businesses focused on environmentalism and sustainability. Interested individuals should contact Adam Roberts, executive director.

Remote Volunteer Opportunities

Story Tapestries wants to put your skills and interests to work to serve our mission. Their goal is to improve accessibility and equity in educational spaces, and beyond, through the arts. Several opportunities available.

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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.