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 Office of Community Partnerships

 

Mission

The mission of the Office of Community Partnerships (OCP) is to strengthen relationships between the Montgomery County government and the residents it serves, with special focus on underserved and emerging communities and our neighbors in need. The OCP serves as a bridge builder between the County government and community organizations serving the residents of Montgomery County, working across the barriers of race, ethnicity, income, and religion that too often diminish communities. OCP's mission is to carry out the County Executive's commitment to build a larger policy table with participation by a more diverse range and greater number of residents as we work to become America’s most welcoming community.

Click  here for a roster of OCP staff and responsibilities to help you find the person who can best help you. Click here for bios of and contact information of the OCP staff.
Click here for OCP Welcoming Framework
Click  here for a 2014 Montgomery Community Media interview with OCP director Bruce Adams.


Office of Community Partnerships Monthly Newsletter

Click here to see a copy of the most recent monthly newsletter of the Office of Community Partnerships. Please click  here  to subscribe to the OCP newsletter as well as the Volunteer Center's newsletter. Please click  here to go to the archives for previous OCP newsletters. You may also subscribe to the Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity's newsletter  here


Welcoming Our New Neighbors Resources Guide

Cover of How Faith Communities Can Welcome New Neighbors Resource Guide

  Our world is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis with millions of refugees and immigrants fleeing persecution and violence.  People living with fear and anxiety are becoming defensive and assuming extremist   positions. In response, the Faith Community Advisory Council has developed this do-it-yourself guide for faith communities in Montgomery County to Welcome Our New Neighbors. Here are ways people may connect     with the heart of their faith, learn about the needs of their neighbors, and work with nonprofits and government agencies to make Montgomery County the most welcoming county in America.  


Montgomery Sister Cities

Sister Cities
Montgomery Sister Cities helps connect our county with the countries of origin of our residents. By enriching our understanding of the cultures and economies of the home countries of our neighbors, we are helping to build America’s most welcoming community while positioning ourselves for success in the global marketplace of the twenty-first century.
Through educational, cultural, and economic exchanges, we are building a stronger community here at home and preparing our youth to become global citizens of the twenty-first century. Please help us strengthen our partnerships with communities around the world by joining Montgomery Sister Cities. For more information or to join, please visit our  website.


Gilchrist Center



The Gilchrist Center is Montgomery County's Official Welcome Center for immigrants and newcomers and offers a variety of programs and services to the Montgomery County Community. For more information, visit the   Gilchrist Center website .


World of Montgomery Festival

The 2016 World of Montgomery Festival will be held on Sunday October 16, 2016 from noon to 4 p.m. on the Rockville campus of Montgomery College. For information, please contact Bruce Adams at  bruce.adams@montgomerycountymd.gov.

This annual celebration was held at the Rockville campus of Montgomery College in October 2015. Sponsored by Fund for Montgomery, Montgomery County, Montgomery College and organized by KID Museum, the festival included an international village, a global kitchen with chef demonstrations of traditional ethnic food, a craft market, a Parade of Cultures, two performance stages of traditional dance and music, traditional arts and fun activities for the whole family. For more information,   view the flyer  or  visit  www.worldofmontgomery.com for information and videos and photos from Sunday October 18, 2015. 

 


Montgomery Serves Awards

This annual event, brought to us by the Fund for Montgomery and its generous contributors, allows us to celebrate the servant leaders and community volunteers who make Montgomery County special. The Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award, our local version of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is presented by County Executive Leggett. The Neal Potter Path of Achievement Award recognizes a lifetime of volunteer service by people age 60 and better. The Montgomery Serves Award recognizes volunteers of the year in four categories - youth, business, individual, and group. Click here for more information on the annual Montgomery Serves Awards and the 2016 honorees.

The 2016  Montgomery Serves Awards  event was held on  Monday May 2, 2016 at Imagination Stage in Bethesda. Montgomery County’s annual  Community Service Week  will take place  October 16- 23, 2016 . The next  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service  will be held on  Monday January 16, 2017 .  For information about these events as well as opportunities to volunteer year-round in Montgomery County, please go to   www.montgomeryserves.org . 


 


Executive Order Signing - LEP

Isiah Leggett signing Executive Order


Isiah Leggett signs Executive Order (046-10) titled, "Access to Government Services for Individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP)."
The executive order recognizes the diversity within Montgomery County, citing that one in three Montgomery County residents speaks a language other than English and one in seven is considered LEP.


Sustainable Community Food System Initiative

sustainable community food system

Montgomery County is perfectly positioned to create the nation's model sustainable community food system. We have the agricultural reserve. We have the necessary agricultural, entrepreneurial, environmental, and marketing talents in abundance. We have an immigrant workforce as yet largely untapped for agriculture. We have a huge market crying out for healthy, locally produced food. We are making progress on progressive policies like the farm incubator. All we need to do is to start working together toward a shared and larger vision.
On December 20, 2010, eighty-six stakeholders held a three hour community conversation at Montgomery County 's Agricultural History Farm Park where this work was begun. For further details about the meeting, check out the links below:
Resource Paper prepared by Andy Lowy (Summer 2010)
Members of the Sustainable Community Food System Network
Summary of December 20, 2010 Stakeholder Meeting and Vision and Key Elements
Gallery of Pictures from the December 20th, 2010 Conversation
Video Highlights from the December 20th, 2010 Conversation

 

 

 

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