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“The fact that 30 percent of our nearly one million people were born in other countries presents our County with great opportunities and significant challenges.”
–County Executive Isiah Leggett

County Executive Isiah Leggett proposes English Language on Demand to move the County forward in his State of the County address.  This initiative encourages “residents to become ‘teaching volunteers’ in our County English language learning network.”  Get involved with the Language Corps!

Use Your Language Skills to Make Montgomery County the Most Welcoming Community in the Nation

There are five ways to get involved:

1 in 7 county residents are considered Limited-English-Proficient (LEP). Navigating vital resources such as government agencies, the health care system and the public school system can be very difficult, especially with language barriers.

1.     Become an interpreter or translator with the Montgomery County Language Bank. Montgomery County's Language Bank is a group of volunteers available to help translate and interpret for County government agencies and registered nonprofit organizations serving residents with limited English proficiency. Language bank volunteers serve as interpreters at parent-teacher conferences, social services appointments and translate documents for various agencies and organizations.

Questions? Contact Ms. Asaati Ahmad at asaati.ahmad@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-855-8625.

If you volunteered to teach one English class, you will help 20 learners achieve significant annual wage gains within 18 months after program exit, ranging from $1,817 to $2,579. Each year over 2,500 residents sit on waitlists to enroll in English classes.

2.     Become a teaching volunteer for English as a Second Language with one of the providers of the  Montgomery Coalition for Adult Education Literacy (MCAEL) the Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity or through

3.    Promote multilingualism by teaching a second language to County residents by facilitating conversation classes through the Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity.

To volunteer with the Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity, send an email to Gilchrist.Center@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-4940.

To volunteer with MCAEL, fill out an application and send to hritchie@mcael.org. You may also call 301-881-1338.

4.     Teach English or browse the Montgomery County Volunteer Center’s many opportunities.

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Conflict among residents from different cultures is common and just one mediation can save local police departments up to $1,600. Volunteers with language capacity in target languages are needed to serve multicultural communities. To help head off conflict in our community, conflict resolution must be done with a high degree of cultural competence.

5.     Become an intake, outreach or office volunteer with the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County (CRCMC). CRCMC offers conflict resolution and prevention services to residents, businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations throughout the County and is committed to promoting positive relationships among the many ethnic, racial, religious, age and socioeconomic groups within the County. 

Interested? Read the position descriptions and email Gina at Gina@crcmc.org or call 301-652-0717.

 

FOR INFORMATION ON LANGUAGE CORPS, CONTACT:

Diane Vu, Language Access Coordinator
Email: diane.vu@montgomerycountymd.gov
Office: 240-777-8320