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Daytime, Evening, and Weekend Vaccination Clinics

Daytime, Evening, and Weekend Vaccination Clinics

To meet the needs of working families and members of the community who have not found it convenient to get vaccinated, the county continues to offers smaller in-community vaccination clinics. During July, daytime, evening, and weekend free vaccinations will be available across the county, including Takoma Park and Briggs Chaney.

Briggs Chaney Vaccination Clinic

In East County, free daytime, evening, and weekend vaccinations are available at the Briggs Chaney Park & Ride Lot, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904. Walk-up vaccinations are offered Tuesday, July 6th through Sunday, July 11th, with daytime and evening appointments Monday- Friday, 12:00 pm-8:00 pm and weekend availability on Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 pm-5:00 pm. To make an appointment or to check Montgomery County’s website for other available clinics, click here.

Takoma Park/Long Branch Vaccination Clinics

Free vaccinations will be available at Clifton Park Baptist Church, 8818 Piney Branch Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20903. The clinic will be hosted on Tuesdays from July 15-July 27 from 1:00 pm-7:00 pm. Walk-ups are accepted.

Free vaccinations will also be available in the parking lot of the Americana Grocery of Maryland, 8541 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901. This clinic will be offered on most Thursdays in July, including the 15th, 19th, and 26th from 1:00 pm-7:00 pm.

The vaccines offered at both sites will be Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer, allowing individuals aged 12 and older to be vaccinated. Free parking is available.

Announcing Open Solicitation #2021-72: Identifying Vendors for Montgomery County Community Youth Support & Engagement Program Hubs

Identifying Vendors for Montgomery County Community Youth Support & Engagement Program Hubs

 

Montgomery County Community Youth Support & Engagement Program Hubs

Issue Date: February 18th, 2021

Deadline to Submit Questions: February 26th, 2021

Closing Date: March 12 , 2021

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Inc. (the Collaboration Council), is a quasi-public non-profit organization and the Local Management Board for Montgomery County, Maryland. Further information about the Collaboration Council can be found at it’s web site www.collaborationcouncil.org.

The County recognizes that youth from low-income families face significant challenges as a result of the economic impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and social isolation arising from the need to prevent the spread of the virus. Continued distance learning in public schools and limited opportunities to congregate safely with peers, due to COVID-19 pandemic prevention measures, have increased feelings of alienation and isolation among young people a

nd has impacted engagement of students in school. The purpose of this funding is to increase accessibility to quality youth programs, focused on the positive development of and the academic, social-emotional, and overall well-being of the County’s students. Montgomery County Collaboration Council has been designated by the County to provide these program services as a pilot targeting the communities in the following MCPS Cluster areas: Gaithersburg, Wheaton, Paint Branch (East County-Downcounty Consortium) and Watkins Mill in partnership with MCPS and through the engagement of the youth serving provider community in contractual publicprivate partnerships. 2

For complete details and how to submit your Letter of Interest with Cover Page Click here

Free Tax Preparation for households with incomes of $57,000 or less

Free Tax-Preparation Montgomery County’s Community Action Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free tax-preparation services to Montgomery County residents with household incomes of $57,000 or less.

The Community Action Agency’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is currently using a virtual tax preparation model during the COVID-19 emergency. Virtual VITA allows residents to use an online platform to securely upload their tax documents and have their taxes prepared for free by a certified tax preparer. No in-person contact is required, allowing for the health and safety of staff and community members to be maintained.

The virtual service is available through April 15. Click here to schedule an appointment. Then select the green “Book Now” button and find an open timeslot. Customers with appointments will receive a phone call from VITA with information on how to prepare for the appointment.

Finance Manager Position Available

Finance Manager Montgomery County Collaboration Council

Position Summary:
The Manager of Finance is responsible for providing timely financial information, managing assets and risks, and utilizing best practices in finance and accounting, internal controls, and operations to provide critical financial information to staff and management. The Manager of Finance promotes the mission of the Collaboration Council by supporting employees, managers, the Board of Directors and its committees in the furtherance of their financial responsibilities of managing, sustaining, promoting, and doing the work of the organization. The Manager of Finance is responsible for the monthly, quarterly, and annual accounting of financial information in the organization’s ledger system. The ideal candidate must have experience with federal/state grants, audits, financial reporting, and budgeting within the non-profit sector.

For complete details and where to submit your resume and cover letter with salary requirements click here

Covid -19 Vaccine information for Maryland

For a complete list of COVID-19 vaccination clinics, visit https://covidvax.maryland.gov/ MARYLAND IS IN PHASE 1C:
  • All licensed, registered and certified health care providers
  • Front line hospital staff
  • Nursing home residents and staff
  • Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Assisted living, independent living, behavioral health and developmentally disabled group homes, and other congregate facilities
  • Law enforcement and firefighters, EMS
  • Education staff, including K-12 teachers, support staff and daycare providers
  • Correctional health care staff and officers
  • Public safety workers not covered in Phase 1A
  • Health care workers not covered in Phase 1A, including but not limited
  • to lab services, public health, vaccine manufacturing and other health care professions
  • Front line judiciary staff
  • Continuity of government
  • Food/agriculture production, critical manufacturing, U.S. Postal Service, public mass transit, grocery store employees
  • Veterinarians and support staff
  • Clergy and other essential support for houses of worship
  • Adults age 65 and older
If you are included in one of the groups listed above, you are currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

At this time, the federal government is giving the state approximately 10,000 doses/day for over 1.5 million people who are eligible. Supply is very limited.

Find a Vaccination Clinic Near You

If you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, enter your address, ZIP code or location here to find a vaccination clinic near you.

Funding Available to Help Cover the Cost of Renting County Facilities for Youth Sports that Primarily Service Low-Income Youth

Montgomery County has allocated funding to help cover the cost of facility fee rentals for youth sports programs that primarily serve vulnerable and/or low-income youth. The program will administer the funds through the Facility Fee Assistance Program.

The County’s Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF) interagency coordinating board’s programs must be free to participants or charge only a nominal fee to qualify for the program.

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, only school fields are available for purposes of this subsidy program. Requests for funds can be submitted for dates of use between March 15 and Aug.15.

Only fields at elementary and middle school sites can be requested at this time, and only for the following times:
  • March 15-June 16 (or last day of MCPS school year): end of the school day until sundown.
  • Weekends and June 17-Aug. 15: 7 a.m. to sundown.
To apply for funding consideration, complete the online application.

For more information about the program, email cupf@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Announcing RE-ISSUE OPEN SOLICITATION #2019-68 Identifying Trainers/Facilitators for the Youth Development Community of Practice

Identifying Identifying Vendors for Trainers/Facilitators for the Youth Development Community of Practice

Issue Date: January 12, 2021

Deadline for Submitting Questions: January 19, 2021

Closing Date: February 2,2021 4 p.m.

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families, Inc. (the Collaboration Council), is a quasi-public non-profit organization and the Local Management Board for Montgomery County, Maryland. The Collaboration Council’s mission is to improve the well-being of children, youth and families through collaborative partnerships. For information regarding the Montgomery County Collaboration, its initiatives and programs, visit our website at www.collaborationcouncil.org.

Community of Practice for Youth Development Practitioners

The Youth Development Community of Practice (YD CoP) of the Collaboration Council coordinates the training and education for youth development practitioners working in youth-serving fields such as workforce development, mentoring, and recreation. The practitioners we serve are those professionals working in out of school time programs, with disconnected youth, with homeless youth and with court-involved youth in Montgomery County. This request for proposals seeks to identify qualified trainers to deliver live or developed webinars or workshops to the YD CoP. The content and activities of each webinar must include principles and practices that supports/aligns with youth development philosophy, social emotional learning, and cultural linguistics. Facilitators are encouraged to submit webinar topics relevant to youth development practitioners, specifically webinars that increase practitioners understanding of: • Youth Development practices for Programming Equity and Inclusion • Best Practices to support youth experiencing homelessness and disconnection from supports and opportunities • Virtual Strategies and practices to build healthy relationships with youth program participants • Program Strategies that support youth coping with pandemic disruptions All approved webinars will be recorded and archived on Youthdevelopmentnow.org for future use by practitioners in Montgomery County. Qualified trainers may submit multiple proposals for separate topics, or submit a proposal for multiple session trainings.

CoP Open Solicitation Proposal Information

The Collaboration Council seeks proposals from organizations and qualified individuals with experience using adult learning principles to facilitate online webinars. CoP webinars are expected to be 60-90 minutes in length, facilitated using adult learning and engagement principles, and support the youth development philosophy. We will be accepting proposals for live facilitated webinars as well as permissions to share previously recorded webinars. Each proposed webinar must contain original content that the facilitator can document has been previously delivered by them, either in person or via webinar. The maximum compensation for each live facilitated webinar will be $450. In the proposal, each webinar must include:

1. An agenda with specific and clear objectives

  • 2. A minimum of 2 participant engagement opportunities
  • 3. Content with the most up to date research
  • 4. Be a minimum of 60 mins and no more than 90 minutes
  • 5. A poll for participant feedback and facilitator comments (Live Webinars Only)
  • 6. Youth development principles
  • 7. Adult learning and engagement principles
  • 8. Sharable materials for participants to take away as resources

    Full information and application here

  • Ten Montgomery County Public Libraries Offer Free Outdoor Public Wi-Fi

    For Immediate Release: Monday, January 11, 2021

    Montgomery County has leveraged federal COVID-19 funding to install outdoor public Wi-Fi at 10 Public Library (MCPL) locations: Aspen Hill, Davis (N. Bethesda), Gaithersburg, Germantown, Maggie Nightingale (Poolesville)Marilyn Praisner (Burtonsville), Rockville Memorial, Twinbrook, Wheaton, and White Oak branches; and in front of the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza.

    This free service is available 24 hours a day in parking lots adjacent to the library buildings. Additional coverage is provided in grass area behind the Davis branch, in the park from the library to the playground area at Wheaton, and in the Rockville Town Square.  Wi-Fi coverage varies by location.  Customers are advised to follow COVID-19 safety recommendations and are required to adhere to executive orders and Health Officer directives when using the services.

     “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought greater awareness of the impacts of the widening digital disparity, which often deprives community members of opportunities to participate in important daily-life activities such as remote learning, accessing workforce development and employment information or staying up-to-date on news and information,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “The work of MCPL and the Department of Technology Services (DTS) to secure funding to provide Wi-Fi availability for outside use at 11 County facilities is another step in working to ensure that all community members have equitable access to reliable connectivity.”

    “Outdoor public Wi-Fi will provide more places for people without home Wi-Fi to access the Libraries’ early literacy, education, workforce development and health and wellness information and the robust digital programs and services,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo.

    MCPL and the Department of Technology Services (DTS) applied for but were not awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services federal COVID-19 grant.  DTS then worked to leverage other federal CARES Act COVID-19 grant funding to install the free outdoor Wi-Fi access. 

    “With the support of the County’s Chief Administrative Officer, we thought strategically about how we could leverage remaining federal COVID-19 funding to help families and small businesses respond to COVID-19,” said Montgomery County Chief Information Officer and Director of DTS Gail M. Roper. “Internet is essential during the pandemic and DTS is proud to work with MCPL to find ways to expand internet access for those that do not have it at home. I am also pleased that the Poolesville branch was selected to support small business owners and will also provide more internet access for rural Montgomery County.” 

    The 10 library branches were chosen by analyzing U.S. Census and MCPL data.  Seven library branches were selected by mapping Census data neighborhoods with lower incomes and households without home internet. The Pew Research Center for Internet & Technology reported that as of 2019, 18 percent of adults with incomes less than $30,000 do not have home internet access, compared to only 2 percent of adults with incomes greater than $75,000, and 85 percent and 86 percent  of Black and Hispanic adults use the internet compared to 92 percent of White adults.  Median per capita income in the Census Block Groups served by the 7 libraries is $35,372 and the population is 27 percent Black and 28 percent Hispanic. Three additional locations (Davis, Rockville and Wheaton Regional) were selected because prior to the pandemic they had greater participation in MCPL small business programs.

    “Small business owners who relied on MCPL indoor Wi-Fi to run their businesses asked the County for help and we were glad to assist them,” said Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for Small Economic Development Jerome Fletcher.  “Small businesses are critical to County’s economy recovery and more outdoor public Wi-Fi is another way the County is offering relief to small businesses.” 

    For more information about the outdoor Wi-Fi services contact MCPL Assistant Director James Donaldson at James.Donaldson@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-0030.

    For more information about the County’s digital equity initiatives contact ultraMontgomery Director Mitsuko Herrera at Mitsuko.Herrera@montgmerycountymd.gov or 240-777-2928.   


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    Montgomery County Food Access Center for Food Assistance Resources

    The Montgomery County Food Access Center has a launched a dedicated webpage for food assistance requests

    Residents looking for information on food assistance resources can now request help by completing a simple online form.

    Available in seven languages (Amharic, Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese), the form is reviewed by a trained resource specialist, and residents receive a return phone call within one business day.

    The specialist will determine a resident’s individual food needs and help them locate food assistance in their community. No Personally identifiable information is needed to get help.

    Information is available about free food distribution sites, free meal and grocery delivery, SNAP (Food Stamps), local food assistance providers, and other resources in Montgomery County. Residents can also call 311 and ask for the Food Access Call Center to get help with their food needs.

    The Food Access Call Center opened in June 2020 and has been working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to address the increasing need for food assistance across the County. As of mid-December, the Food Access Call Center has responded to more than 2,000 calls/referrals.

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