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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.   


    Release ID: 21-020
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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.

    Covid -19 Vaccine information for Montgomery County

    Current County Covid-19 Vaccination Data

    Montgomery County’s has a new Vaccination Update page on its website that’s updated regularly. See it here. This is in addition to the county’s Covid-19 webpage, which is more comprehensive.

    If you want to be kept right up to the minute, you can sign up to get COVID-19 vaccine updates by email or text here. Just provide your email or cell number, press ‘submit,’ and you’llon the list to get alerts automatically.

    La Iniciativa Deportiva Juvenil COVID-19 del Condado de Montgomery

    OS #2021-71 Descripción:

    SOLICITUD ABIERTA # 2021-71 PRIMERA ENMIENDA : Identificación de proveedores para la iniciativa deportiva juvenil COVID-19 del condado de Montgomery

    Fecha de reedición: 4 de diciembre de 2020

    Fecha límite para enviar preguntas: martes 8 de diciembre de 2020

    Fecha de cierre: lunes 14 de diciembre de 2020 5:00 P.M

    Para obtener detalles completos y cómo enviar su carta de interés con la portada revisada, haga clic aquí Para descargar la portada revisada, haga clic aquí  

    Announcing Open Solicitation #2021-71 Identifying Vendors for Montgomery County Youth Sports Initiative

    Identifying Vendors for Montgomery County Youth Sports Initiative

      Issue Date: December 4,  2020

    Deadline to Submit Questions Date: December 8,  2020

    Closing Date:  Monday December 17, 2020

    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 the need to provide youth sports in Montgomery County. Youth sports have significant social and wellness benefits to participants. In addition to promoting mental and physical health and activity, youth sports help develop confidence, keep youth engaged in productive activities, and help to teach team building and goal setting objectives.

    An extensive body of research shows that physical activity has numerous and significant health, cognitive and academic benefits for children and adolescents. Yet, only about a quarter of children in the United States did the recommended daily 60 minutes physical activity in 2016. Children who play sports are more likely to meet physical activity guidelines compared with their peers. However, survey data show that the percentage of children under age 12 who played team sports “regularly” has declined in recent years, from 42% in 2011 to 38% in 2018. Data also show wide disparities in youth sports participation by family income, gender, and race and ethnicity.

    The purpose of this funding is to increase the availability of youth sport services by supporting youth sports organizations through a grant process, to provide positive, structured activities for children who would otherwise lack access to these services that support their healthy development.

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

     

    Mini-Grant Funding for Under 21 Substance Abuse Prevention Activities for FY 2021

    The Collaboration Council announces the FY21 Under 21 Mini-Grant funding to help community-based organizations deliver activities to middle and high school youth and those under age 21 that will help prevent illicit and underage substance use, misuse and overuse. Substances of focus can include, but is not limited to, alcohol, opioids and other prescription drugs. Grants can range from $500 to $2,000; applicants must provide a local match (cash, in-kind) equal to 30% of the requested mini-grant amount. Applications are due November 16, 2020 by 4:00 p.m.

    Funding comes from the Montgomery County government.


    For complete details and to download the Mini-Grant Application Announcement please click here.
    Please direct all questions to info@collaborationcouncil.org.

    Deadline for submitting questions is November 10, 2020, 4:00 p.m. Include FY21 Under 21 Mini-Grant in the subject line.

    September 22nd is National Voter Registration Day!

    To register to vote in Maryland, you must live in Maryland. Or you must have lived in Maryland just before moving overseas. If you are voting from overseas and you did not live in Maryland just before moving overseas, you cannot register and vote in Maryland.   Register to vote, check your status or change your registration here Learn more about general voter registration requirements. Learn more about eligibility requirements for military and for citizens residing outside the U.S.
    You have the right to vote. If anyone tries to stop you, call the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-687-8683We also wrote a handy guide that outlines your voting rights.

    Before you vote, read how your candidates responded to questions in the online Voters’ Guide. Find much more at vote411.org:

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