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:

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.

Junior Achievement Finance Park Virtual Simulation

Junior Achievement invites up to 1,000 volunteers to test the new JA Finance Park Virtual simulation October 7-8, 2020. The goal of the Stress Test is to ensure a high volume of students can navigate the online platform simultaneously without experiencing any major “bugs.” The virtual simulation plays through much like a computer game and takes about an hour for an experienced budgeter to complete.

Please recruit as many coworkers and friends as you can before the October 2 registration deadline! With our JA Finance Park buildings closed, this is the best way for teams to support JA Finance Park students this school year – please join us! Your participation and feedback is critical to the success of JA Finance Park Virtual.

Find out more information here. 

COVID-19: What You Can Do to Help

Supporting our communities, especially during this time of uncertainty and consistent change, is what matters most right now. Help and assistance is what people want to provide the most. We have witnessed communities rally in a myriad of ways over the last two months, especially to assist our neighbors during this pandemic. Leadership in Action at its best!
Leadership Montgomery and it’s Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC) is a part of the effort and is providing ways to continue educating, inspiring, convening and connecting leaders to advance Montgomery County.
If you can’t join us for our June 6h service day, here are some additional ways that you can HELP:
Cross Community Church- Gaitherburg, MD
Cross Community Church’s mission is to help meet the growing hunger and food insecurity needs of Central Gaithersburg through regular distributions of healthy as well as ethnically-mindful food options, for as long as the critical need exists. They provide boxes of non-perishable food, fresh produce , milk and dairy; PPE (masks and hand sanitizer); and pamphlets for needs relating to mental health, domestic violence, and health services. Thier partners include City of Gaithersburg, MCPS, the NAACP of MoCo, The Brothers Academy, and the Montgomery Co. Food Task Force. We anticipate this effort to continue at least through the Summer and possibly through the Fall. The distributions take place at Gaithersburg Middle School on Saturdays from 10A to Noon. To inquire about volunteering, please contact Cross Community Church. You can also donate funds here.
Community Bridges- Silver Spring, MD
Community Bridges has been hard at work assembling masks and art kits for kids in their programs. There is a need for help delivering these masks and care packages directly to the girls’ homes. If you are able to make deliveries, please reach out to Shannon Babe-Thomas, Executive Director at sbabethomas@communitybridges-md.org or 301-512-4622.
Black Rock Center for the Arts – Germantown, MD
BlackRock Center for the Arts is now the Upcounty Consolidation Hub for Community Needs. As a temporary consolidation center, BlackRock is receiving donations that benefit the Upper Montgomery County communities. They are also in need of volunteer partners, who will not only donate the necessary items (food, hygiene supplies, etc.) but also make no contact deliveries of donated items. Please visit BlackRock’s website or Facebook page for more details information, and ways to be involved!
Nourish Now – Rockville, MD
This week, Nourish Now donated 300 steak dinners from CAVA and Hunger Relief Kits to families in need! Nourish Now is among those awesome nonprofits in Montgomery County, who are continuing to meet the growing needs of those families facing food insecurity in our county. They are also continuing to distribute food to families of MCPS students. Click here for more information on how you can get distribution updates and help! Nourish Now continues to have volunteer opportunities, Monday – Friday. Please visit their website and Facebook page for more details.
Roos2U – Germantown, MD
Have you ever wanted to pet a kangaroo? At Roos2U, you get to just that! At Roos2U, they offer behind the scenes learning and safe interaction with kangaroos. To support their kangaroos, Roos2U is having a Spring Yard Sale! We’re all doing WAY more organizing and cleaning up than we ever thought possible (or had time for!) during this unique and unprecedented time. Consider donating items for the Spring Yard Sale! Items such as large, well maintained furniture (cribs, chairs, tables, etc.) as well as appliances, clothing, etc. can be dropped off at their location for donation! Visit their website for more info.
Donate
There are many local nonprofit organizations that need and welcome donations, but now more than ever. Manna Food, among other organizations, has risen to the challenge in a big way. They have expanded food distribution to include partnering with MCPS to get three meals a day out to students 18 and under. They have also temporarily lifted income requirements for families in need, until June 2020.  Please support theirs and other nonprofit organization’s efforts by providing online donations.
Visit Montgomery County Volunteer Center’s website for a whole host of virtual opportunities
For more ways to be and stay involved, contact Wylea Chase, Director of Partnerships and Corporate Engagement with Leadership Montgomery.

Uniting for Action: Maryland

You are invited to participate in Urban Rural Action’s new Uniting for Action: Maryland program. This is a non-partisan initiative for MD residents 18+ from urban, suburban, and rural areas who are tired of waiting for elected officials to address their needs and want to apply their leadership skills to improve their communities and the state.

This diverse group will meet once a month for 90 minutes on Zoom for structured discussion, small group brainstorming, and collaboration focused on TAKING ACTION to strengthen our communities, particularly in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

For more information and to register: https://www.uraction.org/mdregistration.html

For questions: email urbanruralaction@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.