-- Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter
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Community Service Week
Sign up Today to Help Our Community Thrive 
Join residents across the region for Montgomery County's annual celebration of community service by volunteering for one or more of the wide range of activities planned for this year's Community Service Weekcoming up Oct. 21-28. 

No matter what your interests, there's a service project you'll enjoy--everything from making scarves for homeless residents to helping with a bike donation drive to restoring trails and other activities in the park.

Check out the online volunteer calendar to see the latest list of volunteer activities already planned (and check back frequently as projects are being added daily). Many meet the guidelines for MCPS SSL hours and are marked with the graduation cap banner on the opportunity details page. Pick one activity, or pick many, and help our community thrive!
If your nonprofit or school is planning or would like to plan a project during the week, let the Volunteer Center know by completing Community Service Week Project Form. Please fill it out even if you already have all the volunteers your need so that we can track all the great service being performed around the county during the week.

Questions? Email us or call 240-777-2600.
Caring for Every Mind to Build a Healthy Community
EveryMind Hotline staff and volunteers express their gratitude for each other at the organization's annual volunteer recognition celebration
Taking care of one's mental wellness is as important and necessary as taking care of one's physical wellness. That's the philosophy that guides EveryMind, a Rockville-based nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening communities and empowering individuals to reach optimal mental wellness.  Founded more than 60 years ago and known as the Mental Health Association for most of that time, EveryMind relies on hundreds of volunteers annually to assist the organization's staff in providing community education, advocacy, and direct services that empower children, teens, families, older adults, and the entire community to achieve their peak mental wellness. 

Friendly visitors age 21 and up are paired with homebound, isolated, and lonely older adults living in Montgomery County. Volunteers visit clients once a week to exchange stories, play board games, read, watch the news, or discuss current events and build a friendship. 

Crisis prevention and intervention volunteers serve as emotional support and crisis intervention specialists for a 24/7 hotline. After completing and passing a free training program, Hotline volunteers provide confidential and supportive listening, crisis prevention, intervention, information, referrals, and resources. The next training session starts on Saturday, Nov. 3. Hotline volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Other volunteer opportunities with EveryMind include 
Montgomery County Thrift Shop volunteers , who staff the Bethesda store every Saturday, and special event volunteers, who assist with projects such EveryMind's recent 5K fundraiser. Both of t hese types of volunteer opportunities are generally open to students and meet the guidelines for MCPS SSL hours.

Clients are not the only ones to benefit from EveryMind's volunteer services. Volunteers often feel that they are the ones on the receiving end. As one Hotline volunteer shares, "My time with the Hotline was the most challenging -- yet most rewarding -- volunteer work that I have ever done. I came away from this experience with an ability to listen to, empathize with, and support others, a greater acceptance of all individuals, and an appreciation for people's unique strengths and perspectives. I will carry this with me for the rest of my life."

To learn more about the organization and its volunteer opportunities, visit, call 301-424-0656 X 541, or email Rameela Tuladhar.
Beat the Holiday Rush--Volunteer in October!
Thanksgiving and the winter holidays inspire many people to give back to the community, but local nonprofits and government agencies need help all year, making the "non-holiday" months like this one a great time to volunteer! Here are just a few of the hundreds of volunteer positions listed on the Volunteer Center 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.

SSL preapproved DISABILITY PROGRAMS FUNDRAISERS: Saturdays, Oct. 6 and 13, and Sunday, Oct. 7 and 14, choose among shifts 8 am-6 pm, Damascus. Hand out candy and collect donations to support the Special Olympics, Red Wiggler Farm, and other organizations that aim to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Volunteers should be between the ages of 12 and 21. Email Rod Ibacache or call 240-516-6177.

MCPS SSL FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS: Sunday, Oct. 7, choose among shifts 8 am-6 pm, Takoma Park. Support the Old Takoma Business Association's annual street festival by directing vendors to booths, helping carry supplies, and breaking down the event. Email Laura Barclay or call 301-891-6789.

WALK EVENT ASSISTANTS: Saturday, Oct. 13, choose among shifts 12 noon-10 pm, Rockville. Help set up, cheer on walkers, manage kids' activities, clean up, and more for one of the local Light the Night Walks, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual fundraiser. (Additional opportunities available in DC on Oct. 20 and Reston on Oct. 12.) Sign up online, email Melissa Foster, or call 703-399-2900.

SSL preapproved STREAM CLEANUP HELPERS: Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 am-12 noon, Rockville. Remove trash from the stream area at Maryvale Park. Gloves and bags provided by the cleanup sponsor, City of Rockville. Volunteers under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Email the Rockville Environment Commission or call 240-314-8877. 

SSL preapproved COSTUME DECORATORS: Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 am-12 noon, DC. Help create costumes for Only Make Believe, which performs interactive theater for and with 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.

SSL preapproved COMMUNITY SERVICE WEEK VOLUNTEERS: Sunday, Oct. 21, through Sunday, Oct. 28, various days and hours throughout the county. Help create comfort items and collect food for individuals experiencing homelessness, clean up local parks, assist with events, spruce up landscaping, and more. Most projects meet the guidelines for MCPS SSL hours. Call 240-777-2600.

SSL preapproved MEAL PREPARERS & SERVERS: Nourish vulnerable members of the community by helping Shepherd's Table chefs prepare and serve breakfast or lunch and assist with meal cleanup. Shifts available weekdays, 7-9 am or 11:30 am-1 pm, in Silver Spring. Sign up onlineemail Carmen Garcia, or call 301-585-6463 x 9.

SSL preapproved ARTS CENTER VOLUNTEERS: Usher performances and special events, welcome visitors to the art galleries, or assist with administrative tasks for BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. Minimum age: 15. Three orientation and training sessions offered in October. Email Lily Klopcic or call 301-528-2260.

MCPS SSL WATER QUALITY MONITORS: Visit local stream sites up to four times a year to conduct habitat assessments and collect organism samples for the Audubon Naturalist Society. Training provided and monitors work in teams, spending about two to three hours volunteering per visit. Minimum age: 14. Email Mitch Greene or call 301-652-9188 x 20. 

MCPS SSL SATURDAY SCHOOL TUTORS: Help K-12 students strengthen their skills in reading, language arts, and/or math at the George B. Thomas Sr. Learning Academy/Saturday School. Classes are held in 12 locations throughout Montgomery County on Saturday mornings, 8-11 am. Minimum age: 12. Email Juanita King or call 301-287-8980.

MCPS SSL TEEN COFFEEHOUSE ASSISTANTS: Help promote, set up, run, and clean up a monthly Friday night teen performance event at the Sandy Spring Museum. Sponsored by Project Change. Volunteers should be between the ages of 14 and 18. Email Robyn Holstein-Glass or call 301-257-4769.
50+ Volunteer Network Offers More Ways to Serve
The Volunteer Center's 50+ Volunteer Network provides one-on-one guidance to help county residents ages 50 and above find skilled volunteer jobs that match their experience, interests, and availability.  The network is constantly expanding its partner agencies and opportunities, including these recently added listings:

To learn more about these nonprofit and government agencies and their volunteer needs--as well as other of our nearly 100 organizations and more than 200 opportunities that may be a great fit--email the program managers.

Nominate a Nonprofit That's "Making a Difference"
Do you volunteer with a nonprofit organization that deserves recognition for its positive impact on our community? Nominate it for Nonprofit Village's 2018 Making a Difference Awards. 

Nominees should demonstrate the ability to collaborate effectively, provide programs and services that have measurable impact, and work to ensure the nonprofit sector as a whole is sustainable through best practices that can be shared. Nominators can nominate their own organization or others by completing the online nomination form by Friday, Nov. 9, 5 pm.
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