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Community Advocacy Institute Now Accepting Applications for the 2019 – 2020 Institute!!

Are you interested in learning how to be an advocate for your community?

Apply today to the Community Action Board’s Community Advocacy Institute!

The CAI includes FREE workshops featuring guest speakers, activities to practice your advocacy skills, and networking opportunities.

To qualify for this program, participants must be Montgomery County residents with household incomes of $55,000 or less.

Applications are due August 16.

  Apply online

Notice of Re-Issuance for Request for Proposal: Evening Reporting Center for Juvenile Justice System Engaged Youth (Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2020)

The Montgomery County Collaboration Council seeks one qualified vendor to provide Evening Reporting Center (ERC) services for youth ages 14-17 assigned by the juvenile court as an alternative to secure detention. The ERC will be a structured learning environment focusing on education, positive skill building and treatment. The ERC is a highly accountable service directing youth towards compliance with court/probation requirements. It is intended to prevent future involvement in the juvenile justice system and/or out-of-home placement. The setting is one where youth receive personal attention to manage behaviors and learn life skills. Funding is provided for operational expenses for nine months beginning October 1, 2019. .

The full Notice of Issuance can be accessed here.

Final Deadline for Written Questions: July 15, 2019
Deadline for Submission of Proposals: July 29, 2019, 4:30 pm.

Fax completed form to 301-610-0148 or email to info@collaborationcouncil.org. Interested applicants can also come to the Collaboration Council’s office at 1801 Research Blvd., Suite 103, Rockville, MD 20850 between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm weekdays to obtain the RFP

Free farmer’s market “checks” for low-income seniors in Montgomery County

Free farmer’s market “checks” worth $30 will be distributed by lottery to low-income seniors in Montgomery County on July 9 at 10:00 a.m. The checks are available to Montgomery County residents age 60 years and older whose income is less than $23,107 (family of one).

The checks may be used at farmer’s markets in Montgomery County and participating markets in the District of Columbia until November 1, 2019.

The lottery for the checks will be held at the following locations:

• Elizabeth House, 1400 Fenwick Lane, Silver Spring

  • • Bemjamin Gaither Senior Center, 80A Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg
  • • Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton
  • • Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring
  • • Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Drive, Rockville
  • • Waverly House, 4521 East West Highway, Bethesda
  • • White Oak Community Center, 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring
  • For more information, call 240-777-3810.

  • Notice of Issuance for Request for Proposal: Evening Reporting Center for Juvenile Justice System Engaged Youth (Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2020)

    The Montgomery County Collaboration Council seeks a qualified vendor to provide Evening Reporting Center (ERC) Services for youth ages 14-17 assigned by the juvenile court as an alternative to secure detention. The ERC will be a structured learning environment focusing on education, positive skill building and treatment. The ERC is a highly accountable service directing youth towards compliance with court/probation requirements. It is intended to prevent future involvement in the juvenile justice system and/or out-of-home placement. The setting is one where youth receive personal attention to manage behaviors and learn life skills.
    Funding is provided for operational expenses for one year beginning July 1, 2019.

    The full Notice of Issuance can be accessed here.

    Final Deadline for Written Questions: April 24, 2019
    Deadline for Submission of Proposals: May 3, 2019, 4:00 pm.

    County Launches 24/7 Homeless Information Line

    County Launches 24/7 Homeless Information Line The County’s Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with EveryMind, has launched a 24/7 Homeless Information Line, with trained specialists to provide information on County homeless services and shelter resources.  Callers can also provide information about the location of individuals in the community experiencing homelessness.  The reports will be forwarded to community outreach partners who will attempt to locate the individual and offer support and resources. The information line number is 240-907-2688.

    A word from our Prevention Coordinator on Opioids

    According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 130 Americans die from an opioid related overdose every day. Opioids, a class of drugs that act on nerve cells in the brain and nervous system to relax the body and relieve pain, are often described as licit (e.g. prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine), illicit (e.g. heroin) and synthetic (e.g. man-made drugs such as methadone, fentanyl, tramadol). Synthetic opioids are manufactured using man-made chemicals rather than natural ingredients, resulting most times in higher potency. A drug that is considered highly potent requires only a small amount to give the desired effect. Click here to read more

    Free Tax Preparation for households with incomes of $55,000 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 $55,000 or less. VITA is now scheduling appointments for the upcoming tax season. Appointments are available from January 22 to April 15 in Rockville, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, East County, Wheaton and Germantown. Call 240-777-1123 or visit this website to schedule an appointment.
    NEW! Schedule Your Appointment Today!
    • Gaithersburg: Mondays, 3:30 – 7:30 pm
    • Silver Spring: Tuesdays, 3 – 8 pm
    • Rockville: Wednesdays, 11 am – 8 pm
    • East County: Thursdays, 11 am – 4 pm
    • Wheaton: Fridays, 11 am – 4 pm
    CAA VITA Days at Additional Locations:

    October is National Bullying Prevention Month

    October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  Whether you are a parent,  educator,  community member, teen, or kid, you can take a stand against bullying.   Visit the US Dept of Health and Human Service’s website, bullying.gov to find out who is at risk, and what you can do to prevent and respond to bullying.

    Check out these FAQ’s from the National Bullying Prevention Center

    Here, in Montgomery County, Project Change’s You Have the Power! program helps youth confront the serious problem of bullying head on with a youth-led mentoring program in which older students teach younger students about the characteristics and consequences of bullying and how to reduce it in their communities.

    These organizations provide  provides counseling, mentoring, case management and positive youth development programming, through there adolescent counseling programs.  

    2018-2019 Seasonal Flu Vaccination Campaign


    Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services will offer the following Flu Vaccine Clinics in 2018.

    October 15  th

    4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


    Universities at Shady Grove
    Building II 
    9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville

    • FREE.
    • For anyone 6 months of age and older.
    • By appointment only.
    • Flu shots only; No FluMist available.
    • There is now a parking fee. Visitors can park in the Traville Gateway Garage or Shady Grove Garage on weekdays (Mon – Fri; 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.) for $2/hr (Maximum $10/day).  
      See parking map ( pdf).

    October 24 th

    4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


    Universities at Shady Grove
    Building II
    9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville

    • For anyone 6 months of age and older.
    • By appointment only; schedule appointments on the County’s website or call 311.  There is no charge for vaccinations.
    • Flu shots only;  No FluMist available.
    • There is now a parking fee. Visitors can park in the Traville Gateway Garage or Shady Grove Garage on weekdays (Mon – Fri; 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.) for $2/hr (Maximum $10/day).  
      See parking map ( pdf).

    November 13  th

    1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN, ONLY
    (ages 3 to 18 years).


    Three Locations:

    • Must be accompanied by an adult.
    • FREE.
    • By appointment; schedule appointments on the County’s website or call 311.
    • Flu shots only; No FluMist available.


    The ‘A’ in STEAM Workshop Registration

    • Youth Development Community of Practice

    • The 'A' in STEAM Workshop Registration

    • Workshop Attendance and Cancellation/No Show Policy:

      This training program is at no cost to participants therefore if you are unable to attend, you must notify us via email cancelling your registration by 12:00PM noon on Tuesday September 18, 2018. Send your cancellation to leteria.bailey@collaborationcouncil.org. (Please include the Workshop Name and date in the email.)

      If we do not receive your cancellation or you fail to attend the training your organization will be assessed a $50.00 fee. We encourage you to arrive at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the workshop.

      If you are not associated with an organization then you will be responsible for the fee. Anyone who is assessed a fee will not be allowed to attend future workshops until the fee has been paid.

    • **Registration Deadline: Tuesday September 18, 2018 12:00PM**


      Workshop Title: The ‘A’ in STEAM

      Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

      Time: 10:00AM-1:00PM (3 hrs)

      Location: Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906

      Facilitator: Dana Carr, Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center, Inc. (LTYC)

    • Workshop Description:

      Incorporating the A for the arts only helps to strengthen STEAM concepts and make connections between the creative processes that are needed in the fields of math, engineering, technology and science. Fine tuning technical skills does not mean we should negate or lose sight of creativity. LTYC wants to emphasize the A in STEAM in its instruction, realizing that incorporating the creative elements makes the other components more relatable and easy to understand.

      This session is project based and speaks to the whole child, as teachers learn how to incorporate skills and knowledge from a variety of areas to reinforce strengths and build competency in unfamiliar contents. Research shows that just 38 percent of students enjoy learning STEM subjects, so by implanting the arts into the model, the odds increase that more will take interest–and the more interested they are, the better they will perform, and the higher they will achieve.

      Facilitator Bio:

      Dana Carr, Executive Director, Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center, Inc.

      Dana has spent years delivering professional development for educators. Having served as an administrator, mentor, teacher, and instructional coach, Dana has a diverse educational background and is passionate about ensuring that all students have equitable access to a quality education: one that is engaging, creative, and student-centered. Dana is committed to empowering educators to implement best-practices.





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