-- Heather French Henry,  fashion designer and former Miss America
In This Issue
AmeriCorps members
Local Organizations Recruiting Individuals for AmeriCorps Service
More than 75,000 people across the United States serve nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups annually through AmeriCorps, an intensive service work program often referred to as "the domestic Peace Corps." Locally, several organizations are now recruiting AmeriCorps members to help tackle a variety of needs in our community. Here are details on some:

AmeriCorps Project CHANGE Montgomery is recruiting a dozen individuals to serve as tutors and mentors at local partner agencies dedicated to helping county students from under-resourced communities. These full- and part-time opportunities run August 2018 to August 2019, working directly in MCPS schools, as well as at Gandhi Brigade, Community Bridges, ClancyWorks Dance Company, Montgomery Housing Partnership, YMCA, Lead4Life, Project Change Olney, and Hospice Caring. For more information or to apply, visit the Project Change website or email Paul Costello.  

CASA de Maryland seeks full- and part-time immigrant integration specialists to support eligible lawful permanent residents in applying for U.S. citizenship and to provide community members with financial education and tax preparation assistance. Preference for those bilingual in Spanish, French, Korean, or Mandarin. To apply, send a current resume by email to Pablo Blank

The Maryland Conservation Corps is looking for 35 young adults (age 17-25) to provide full-time environmental, educational, and operational assistance at Assateauge, Tuckahoe, Susquehanna, Patapsco, Merkle, and Deep Creek Lake state parks. Low-cost state park housing is available at some locations. Position descriptions and application are available online. Call Luke Terrell at 410-260-8153 to learn more. 

Volunteer Maryland seeks full-time volunteer program coordinators to develop or expand volunteer programs at nonprofit and public agencies throughout the state, including the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office, Hospice Caring, and Stepping Stones Shelter--all in Montgomery County. Call 410-697-9285, email Volunteer Maryland, or visit the agency's website for position details and application information.

AmeriCorps members receive job experience, training, and are paid a living allowance stipend throughout the course of their service. They may also be eligible to receive an educational award at the end of their service and student loan deferment during their service.
Junior Achievement of Greater Washington
Finance Park Volunteers Help MCPS 7th Graders Learn Real-Life Economics
JA finance academy
Junior Achievement of Greater Washington believes it's imperative to empower young people to take control of their economic success. In K-12 classrooms throughout the region, the organization provides a variety of hands-on, volunteer-delivered financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and workforce readiness programs.

Coming this fall, Junior Achievement will open its JA Finance Park®--the first of its kind in Montgomery County--inside the new Thomas Edison High School of Technology in Silver Spring, creating new learning opportunities for MCPS students and new volunteer opportunities for volunteers throughout the county. Beginning Oct. 2 and over the course of the school year, every 7th grade MCPS student will take a field trip to the JA Finance Park, a state-of-the-art, immersive facility where students become "adults" for the day and see the results of real-life economics. Through this engaging simulation, students explore ways to balance their career, salary, credit score, and financial obligations.

Once the Montgomery County program begins, JA will rely on a large group of volunteers to guide students through these activities. Volunteers will serve five-hour shifts, with the first hour devoted to a training session that will allow them to tour the facility, practice on the tablets during a mock simulation, and learn tips and tricks related to the roles they will adopt when working with the students. Volunteers will spend the remaining four hours working with a group of about eight students each, guiding them through budgeting decisions and injecting life into the program by sharing personal budgeting experiences.

JA has now begun the process of recruiting volunteers for its new Finance Park, though it will not be able to assign specific volunteer dates until the fall. To learn more or sign on, email Matt Roller.
Try a New Volunteer Position This Summer
Are you finding yourself with more time on your hands than usual this summer? Put it to use filling a volunteer need--maybe even something you've never tried before! Here are some of the hundreds of volunteer positions listed on the Volunteer Center's website. Check our calendar for more date-specific opportunities or use the search box at the top of this email or the top of our home page to search for more ways to serve. 
SSL preapproved
These opportunities meet the guidelines to provide MCPS Student Service Learning (SSL) hours--but  they're not just for students! Other opportunities may be eligible for SSL hours; visit the MCPS SSL website to learn more.

MCPS SSL COSTUME CREATORS: Thursday, July 19, 5-7 pm, DC. Help decorate costumes for Only Make Believe, which performs interactive theater for children at hospitals and care facilities throughout the region. No sewing skills needed. Minimum age: 14; those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Email Chris Wilson or call 202-299-0855.

CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION ASSISTANTS: Saturday, July 21, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Rockville. Help eligible immigrants complete the 20-page U.S. citizenship application during a workshop sponsored by CASA de Maryland, which helps more than 1,000 people on the path to citizenship each year. Online training provided in advance; volunteers also spend the first hour of their service on in-person training. English fluency required; additional language skills--especially Spanish--are helpful, but not required. Email Earvin Gonzalez, call 240-670-4849, or register online

MCPS SSL KAYAK EVENT VOLUNTEERS: Sunday, July 22, choose two-hour shifts 12 noon-8 pm, Poolesville. Load and unload boats, distribute/manage life jackets and paddles, and/or help with food service and cleanup at Team River Runner's introduction to paddling day, a program of the Great Falls Foundation's Potomac River Celebration. Minimum age: 14. Email Lisa Weed or call 301-502-0896.

MCPS SSL HOSPITAL BAZAAR VOLUNTEERS: Tuesday, July 24, choose among shifts 7:30 am-9 pm, Olney. Serve food, operate cash registers, manage retail tables, run kid activities, direct traffic, and more for the Women's Board of Montgomery General Hospital's 98th annual picnic and bazaar, which raises funds for scholarships for students pursuing healthcare degrees. Email Christine Hill Wilson or call 301-774-8840.

MCPS SSL RECOVERED FOOD COOKS: Sunday, Aug. 26, 2-5 pm, Silver Spring. Turn recovered food into healthy meals for local families and individuals who face food insecurity. No experience necessary. This project is organized by KindWorks and uses food supplied by Community Food Rescue. Additional volunteer opportunities available in Silver Spring one Sunday afternoon and one Monday morning every month and in Gaithersburg one Friday morning each month. Email Deb Lang, call 301-792-3708, or sign up online.

LITERACY AND HEALTH MENTORS: Read, draw, talk about healthy foods, and participate in similar literacy activities with children in Department of Health and Human Services waiting rooms in Germantown, Rockville, and Silver Spring. Volunteers with the Reading and Educating to Advance Lives program--coordinated by JCA Heyman Interages Center--may choose to work solo or in teams of two. Minimum age: 50. Additional mentoring and tutoring opportunities available through this organization in MCPS schools beginning in the fall. Email Cathy Nestoriak or call 301-255-4239.

COMPUTER BASICS INSTRUCTORS: Teach or co-teach computer fundamentals, including Windows, Word, internet use, and email basics to clients of the Charles W. Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center. Classes are taught in either English or Spanish in Wheaton and Silver Spring, with sessions this summer and fall. Minimum age: 18. Email Josephine Garnem or call 240-777-8401.

MCPS SSL BLOOD DONOR AMBASSADORS: Schedule appointments, greet blood donors, and answer their questions at the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region donation centers across Montgomery County. Volunteers must commit to helping at least twice a month, for three to six hour shifts, for at least one year. Minimum age: 16. Email Teri Hinton or call 202-412-9161.

MCPS SSL FARM HELPERS: Transplant seedlings, shovel soil and compost, line up beds, label rows, and weed to help Asbury Methodist Village create a small farm in Gaithersburg. Volunteers needed 10 am-4 pm every Sunday through mid-November. Minimum age: 15. Email the volunteer coordinator or call 301-216-4955. 
During the Dog Days of Summer, 
Volunteer With the Dogs (and Cats and ...)
Are you an animal lover looking for volunteer opportunities this summer and beyond? Check out the many pet-related volunteer activities posted on the Volunteer Center website by searching for keywords like dog, animal, or pet.

There are a variety of ways to help, including
While many of these opportunities are geared toward adults, several welcome student volunteers, (especially if they serve alongside a parent or other adult), so be sure to read the details for each volunteer need you're interested in filling.
"Fan" Your Favorites
If you're like many volunteers, you probably have a few organizations whose missions and volunteer needs are so compelling that you'd like to know whenever they post new opportunities to help. If so, be sure to "Fan" those organizations when you visit their listings on the Volunteer Center website. 

Simply click the blue "Become a Fan" button on any organization page or at the bottom of the organization box on any volunteer opportunity page, and you'll automatically be notified by email whenever that agency adds a new volunteer need to the website.

If you ever decide to, you can "un-fan" an organization by clicking the green "Fanned" button.
School Supplies Drives Aim to Help Local Kids 
You can help ensure that all students in our area are equipped for success during the coming school year by participating in the following school supply drives sponsored by organizations that serve some of our county's neediest youth. Some of these drives are seeking specific supplies as noted below, but, in general, the greatest needs are sturdy new backpacks, loose-leaf paper, pencils, highlighters, markers, colored pencils, binders, pencil pouches, pens, and glue sticks. Monetary donations are also welcome.

Interfaith Works seeks donations of a variety of school supplies, backpacks, and new children's socks and underwear, to help 3,000 local low-income students start the school year well-equipped. The organization also accepts monetary donations that will allow it to purchase needed supplies.
When: Throughout summer
Where: 751 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville
Details: Email Rachel Sanborn or call 240-641-6305

Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless is collecting backpacks, lunchboxes, books, and a variety of school supplies for the children it serves and is also in need of donations of food, gift cards, and other items for its back-to-school fair where supplies are distributed. In addition, the agency needs volunteers to help sort supplies and fill backpacks throughout the month of August and to help during the fair on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
When: Weekdays, 9 am-5 pm, through Monday, Aug. 20 
Where: 600-B East Gude Drive, Rockville
Details: Email Lynn Rose or sign up online to donate or volunteer

Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation's Give BACKpacks campaign accepts monetary donations (online, by mail, and by text), which it uses to provide students in need with backpacks filled with school supplies. A $10 contribution covers the cost of a backpack and supplies for one student.
When: Throughout summer
Details: Visit the Give BACKpacks website
Plan Your Group Projects for Fall Today
Are you part of a group interested in working together to help the community in the fall? Now's the time to start planning projects for Maryland's Day to Serve (actually a month to serve--Sept. 11-Oct. 10) and Montgomery County's own Community Service Week (running Oct. 21-28). Schools, community groups, businesses, nonprofits, and other groups are all encouraged to organize volunteer activities, and may even be eligible to receive funding for project materials for Community Service Week.

For more information on planning a Community Service Week project, email Melissa Jackson or call 703-215-4201 x106.
Watch the Ways to Make a Difference
Make a Difference , a monthly County Cable Montgomery program, highlights the contributions of stellar volunteers and organizations that contribute positively to our community. This month's episode highlights Court Watch Montgomery, which monitors civil and criminal court hearings related to domestic violence in an aim to make life-saving improvements at the court.  Watch it online here.
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