-- Author H. Jackson Brown Jr.
JUNE 2018
In This Issue
June is Great Outdoors Month
Find Lots of Ways to Get Outside and Volunteer
June is officially Great Outdoors Month, making it a great time to volunteer outside. You'll find a wide range of outdoor volunteer opportunities by using the Outdoors "filter" when searching the Volunteer Center website. Activities include helping with festivals, assisting at sports and recreation events, and improving hiking trails.

outdoor searchUse the links above to find opportunities. Or, to use the search filter yourself, from any page on our website with a red search box (or the top of this email), click the link to 'All Opportunities' at the bottom of the box. If you're on a page with no red search box, click 'Opportunities' on the left-side menu. Then choose 'Outdoors' in the drop-down menu in the 'Search By' box (click the 'Tools' icon to access on a mobile device). Pick 'Is Outdoors' on the box that pops up, then click the 'Search' button.

You can narrow the list down by filtering for any of the other search criteria, including SSL status, location, interest area, and age requirements. And sorting by 'Soonest First' will show you only date-specific volunteer opportunities in the order of when they're scheduled.

For questions about using the search function to find outdoor volunteer activities, call 240-777-2600.
Jubilee Association of Maryland
Helping Ensure the Dignity and Worth of Adults With Disabilities
Jubilee Friendship Exchange
Kobina Cudjoe learns how to read analog time with Friendship Exchange volunteer Aimee Hart 
The Jubilee Association of Maryland provides support for adults with developmental disabilities, enabling them to live in and enrich their community while fulfilling their personal, family, social, and spiritual needs.

Jubilee is very appreciative of the many volunteers in Montgomery County who help the organization enable its clients to pursue happiness as full, respected members of our society. Since September, nearly 100 individuals have stepped up to serve Jubilee through a variety of volunteer activities, and there are lots of ways for more volunteers to get involved in the coming months. At events like parties, Clean-a-Thons, Cooking for Independence programs, and gala ceremonies, volunteers are needed to help with setup and cleanup, meeting and greeting guests, serving drinks and food, and facilitating activities. The association's Friendship Exchange Program, meanwhile, matches volunteers one-on-one with a Jubilee client to participate in common interests such as going to the mall, playing sports, or playing board games. Jubilee also needs volunteers to assist with administrative tasks, financial document processing, and translation services at its offices in Kensington.

Volunteers all seem to enjoy their time serving Jubilee, whether for a one-time event or for an ongoing project. Working to help vulnerable members of our community is fulfilling in and of itself, and Jubilee offers its volunteers additional benefits as well. Students can earn MCPS-preapproved student service learning hours for many volunteer activities, which frequently occur on the weekends. In addition, Jubilee is dedicated to supporting volunteers with their goals and offers one-on-one resume editing and career advice for its volunteers who are job-seeking. "The resume and interview workshop was so helpful," notes Elisa Cunningham, a translation services volunteer. "I learned how to present myself to employers and how to feel more comfortable during interviews." 

For information about how you can get involved with volunteering with Jubilee and/or help with finding opportunities that best suit you, email Dominique Clark or call her at 301-949-8628 x 198.
More Daylight = More Time to Volunteer!
As we approach the summer solstice and more hours of daylight, many of us find we have a bit more energy. Put it to good use serving your community! 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 are preapproved 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.

RACE EVENT ASSISTANTS: Saturday, June 9, choose among shifts 5-10 am, DC. Check in participants, cheer them on, hand out water, and/or assist with the post-race celebration of the American Heart Association's annual Lawyers Have Heart 10K/5K. Sign up online.

LUNCH COOKS & SERVERS: Tuesday, June 12, 9:30 am-12 noon or 11:45 am-1:30 pm, Gaithersburg. Prepare and/or serve a celebratory lunch at Family Services Inc.'s day center for adults living with chronic mental illness. No experience necessary. Minimum age: 18. Email Mary Murphy or call 301-840-3183.

SSL preapproved JAZZFEST VOLUNTEERS: Friday, June 15-Monday, June 18, choose among four-hour shifts 9 am-9 pm depending on the day, DC. Help with setup, cleanup, greeting visitors, taking surveys, and more at this annual DC Jazz Festival event. Additional volunteers needed on Friday for the organization's Jazz in the Gardens. Minimum age: 14. Email Kelly Wickliff or call 202-800-8230.

SSL preapproved MUDFEST EVENT ASSISTANTS: Saturday, June 23, 11 am-4:30 pm, Beallsville. Help Montgomery Parks introduce visitors to International Mud Day through this festival featuring mud play pits, mud art stations, a mud pie kitchen, and real food and music. Volunteers must be outgoing and able to work the entire shift (with breaks). Minimum age: 14. Sign up online, email Lynn Vismara, or call 301-495-2504.

GOLF TOURNAMENT CONCESSIONS HELP: Wednesday, June 27-Sunday, July 1, 6:30 am-12:30 pm or 11 am-6 pm, Potomac. Serve food at concession stands operated by So What Else at the PGA National Golf Tournament. Minimum age: 16. Email Renee Gilkes or call 301-279-6990.

SUMMER MEAL VOLUNTEERS: Distribute and clean up summer lunch meals for children served by TESS Community Action Center, and log and report the number of meals distributed, donated, and discarded. This program runs weekdays, June 18-Aug. 24, 10:30 am-1:30 pm, in Silver Spring. Minimum age: 15. Email Maureen Larenas or call 240-773-8254.

TEEN PEER LEADERS & REFUGEE HOSTS: Provide a warm American welcome for recently resettled teenage refugees from Syria as a volunteer with RefAmerica. This cross-cultural leadership program brings up to 10 Syrian high school students to Montgomery County for the month of July to learn new skills alongside up to 10 local high school student peers. Families (particularly those with school- or college-age students) are needed as hosts, and high school students can still apply to participate in the peer leadership program. Email Liane Dorsey or call 202-320-1014.

FIRST AID PROVIDERS: Get trained in healthcare provider CPR and emergency medical response, and then staff first aid stations for Montgomery County First Aid Unit, Explorer Post 742 (located at the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad), at community and private events. Opportunities available for students age 14 and up as well as adults to lead them. No previous experience required, but adults with previous EMS training are very welcome. Email Cindy Ramsey or call 301-996-0020.

FUNDRAISING AND OUTREACH PROFESSIONALS: Manage any of a variety of operational efforts--including grant writing, special event coordination, and donor management--for Rukundo International, a Gaithersburg-based nonprofit dedicated to fostering global awareness between students in the United States and children in East Africa. Email Andrea Sedlock or call 301-444-1316.
Join the Drive for Supplies Corps
At the close of every school year, Montgomery County Public Schools encourages students to donate any usable school supplies that they'd otherwise discard to its Drive for Supplies campaign, which redistributes donated notebooks, pencils, markers, lunchboxes, and more to students in need before the next school year. 

Student volunteers are needed to assist with the program on Thursday, Friday, and Monday, July 12, 13, and 16, at Montgomery Village Middle School. Volunteers will unpack and sort donated items; set up a store-like environment where students, families, and nonprofit organizations serving local kids can "shop" for supplies; help guests with shopping; and participate in a press conference at the close of the event. 

This opportunity is open to rising 6th-12th graders who can commit to serving all three days; students must provide their own transportation and bring a lunch each day. Participants will be eligible to receive 16 SSL hours. 

For more details or to apply, visit the online application form.  
Represent Your Community on a County Board 
Montgomery County encourages individuals of diverse backgrounds, professions, gender, geography, disability, and ethnicity to consider applying to serve on one of the many county boards and commissions that contribute to the work of the county government. Board and commission members provide an important service by representing their community's issues, concerns, and viewpoints. Most require a three-year commitment.

View the full list of committee openings and application procedures online, and click on any shown to learn more. Current positions include vacancies on the Historic Preservation Commission, the Board of Social Services, the Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board, and the Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board.
Volunteers Help Residents Receive Millions in Refunds
tax aide 2018
At the Tax-Aide volunteer celebration: Molly Callaway, Volunteer Center director; Betsy Southall, state office director, Corporation for National & Community Service; Lynn Kinch, volunteer district coordinator, RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide Program; Ike Leggett, county executive; Kathleen Meaney Stobie, RSVP director; James Eulau, volunteer scheduling coordinator; Carley Lee, volunteer RSVP manager; Jennie Foont, office of Rep. Jamie Raskin; and Queen Nwafor, office of Sen. Chris Van Hollen
More than 140 RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide Program volunteers recently wrapped up another successful tax season, preparing--for free!--federal and state tax returns for 6,448 low- to moderate-income county residents, many of them seniors. These efforts generated more than $4.6 million in refunds. The program is coordinated through Montgomery County's Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), part of the Volunteer Center. 

To celebrate the work of the Tax-Aide volunteers, Asbury Methodist Village hosted a sumptuous appreciation brunch at which County Executive Ike Leggett presented the group's volunteer management team with a proclamation in honor of Senior Corps Week.

Interested in joining this incredibly hard-working and congenial team next tax season? Visit the Volunteer Center website to learn how to volunteer as a tax counselor, client facilitator (greeter), or scheduler. Or email the Tax-Aide Program for more details. Volunteer information is distributed in the fall.
50+ Volunteer Network
Get Help Finding Ways to Help 
Over age 50 and looking for guidance on how to make a significant contribution of time and talent to serve our community?  The Montgomery County Volunteer Center's 50+ Volunteer Network  is here to help! Program advisers provide you with personal assistance in finding your best volunteer fit, and will even connect you with the agencies of interest and provide follow-up services as needed. For more information, email the 50+ Volunteer Network managers .
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 CollegeTracks, which helps low-income MCPS students get into college and succeed once they get there. Watch it online here.
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