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Don't give cash to panhandlers.

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Donate to The Community Foundation for Montgomery County (and select 'Neighbors in Need Montgomery Fund'), a non-profit, non-government organization that will distribute the proceeds to grassroots efforts in Montgomery County to REALLY help folks in need. Or send contributions to the Community Foundation for Montgomery County, 8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 202, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Or give to the community or faith-based agency of your choice.

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Panhandling - It's not safe. It doesn't help.

Montgomery County government is joining together with homeless advocates and social service providers throughout the County to urge you to give a hand-up, not a hand-out.

The question isn'’t whether to help. – It'’s how.


Panhandle Press Event, Wheaton, MD, September 9, 2013

County Executive Ike Leggett and County Council member George Leventhal announce a new County initiative created to improve public safety and better serve those in need who currently solicit cash for personal use by panhandling along roadways.

Joining Leggett and Leventhal were representatives from public safety, homeless advocates, grass roots social service organizations and the faith community.

This new program encourages drivers to help those in need by contributing to County social services agencies rather than giving cash directly to panhandlers.


Comments by Monsignor John Enzler of Catholic Charities
Panhandle Press Event, Wheaton, MD, September 9, 2013

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Comments by Susan Kirk of Bethesda Cares
Panhandle Press Event, Wheaton, MD, September 9, 2013


Comments by Susan Sinclair-Smith of Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
Panhandle Press Event, Wheaton, MD, September 9, 2013