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June 1 2017 Monthly Update

Happy Summer everyone,

I will start with announcements then transition to June’s events. (important stuff – scroll all the way down).

1. First off, great news from the County Executive – The nine villages that applied for a community grant have been approved. Congratulations to Bradly Hills Village, Bethesda Metro Area Village, Friendship Heights Neighbor Network, Greater Stonegate Village, Little Falls Village, Olney Home for Life, Silver Spring Village, Village of Takoma Park and Village of Kensington. This impressive list of grants is a clear indication of the County Executive and the County Council’s strong support for the work that you do. I hope their achievement will inspire you to accomplish your own goals in the coming year.

For a complete list of community grant recipients:

County Executive grants: Click here to see.

County Council grants: Click here to see.


2. Additional Grant opportunity: Lutheran Communities & Services Funds for Senior Services in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and DC

As a faith-based ministry providing an array of services for older adults, National Lutheran Communities & Services is interested in supporting the work of other non-profit organizations. It includes congregations and community-based programs that address the critical needs of seniors today. NLCS Community Impact Grants support nonprofit organizations, including congregations and community-based programs that address the critical needs of seniors in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. An eligible organization or program must address at least one of the following pressing issues facing older adults: chronic disease management, navigating and accessing healthcare and social services, dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and memory loss, social isolation and poverty and financial insecurity. Proposals may be submitted from June 1 through August 15, 2017.

Click here to learn more.


3. Governor Service Award Deadline June 2nd

I am sorry for the late notice on this. For those of you who are quick or has something written already:

The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism is currently accepting nominations to honor individuals and groups for exemplary service and contributions to Maryland’s communities.

Recipients of the award must demonstrate a sustained volunteer commitment to meeting Maryland’s most pressing human and/or environmental needs, engage in meaningful volunteer service that makes a measurable difference in the community, represent extraordinary acts of generosity and kindness and through volunteerism, have an impact on the greater community.

Nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017. A panel of community leaders, volunteers and the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism staff will review the nominations. It will then be scored and ranked based on the eligibility criteria listed on the nomination form. Each recipient will be notified of their selection near the end of summer and will be invited to an awards ceremony in the fall.


4. Community Health Improvement Plan Seeks Comments

The Healthy Montgomery Steering Committee invites county residents to review and make comments on the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP provides a summary of priorities that will guide the work of Healthy Montgomery for the next three years. Healthy Montgomery, the county’s Community Health Improvement Process was launched in June 2009 and it has been an ongoing effort to bring together a broad range of individuals representing the various county government agencies, the five community hospitals, minority health programs/initiatives, advocacy groups, academic institutions and the health insurance community to develop action plans to improve the health and well-being of all Montgomery County residents, especially groups most at risk for poor health.

Residents are asked to provide comments by Friday, June 30, 2017. 

Click here to see the website.


5. Design for Life Showcase and an Article

The May 13th Design for Life showcase at the Civic Building was a great success. Silver Spring Village had a table and we had very interesting conversations between residents, contractors, planners and even architects.

On another note, this New York Times article is worth sharing with your village members, to encourage them to think and talk about preparing their homes.

Click here to see article.

If you know any lower income residents who need help with home modification and renovation, please contact Rebuilding together by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Ask if your village member is eligible to receive help. Call me at 240-777-1231 if you have any questions.


6. Washington Post’s Piece on Local Villages

This is a lovely piece that I am sure many of you have seen already. However, in case you have not, here it is again.

Click here to see.

I hope next time they will also come and interview a Montgomery County Village!


7. Free Resource: Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind provides a wide array of rehabilitation resources, independent living skills, braille instructions, education and employment referrals, as well as support groups for people living with blindness and vision loss in the greater Washington DC area. Through orientation and mobility training, clients will learn various safety techniques to navigate through a variety of environments from public transportation and urban settings to homes and offices. Independent living skills teach clients how to identify and exchange money, cook, maintain general housekeeping and organizational strategies. To schedule a presentation, please contact Jocelyn Hunter Senior Director of Communications at 202-454-6422 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

CLFB is also seeking volunteers for their friendly visiting program.

Click here to see flyer.


June’s Events:


1. Thursday, June 1st 10am-1pm: Olney Home for Life’s 55+ Resource Fair

A reminder that June 1st from 10am-1pm is OHFL’s first resource fair at Longwood Community Center. (19300 Georgia Avenue Brookeville, MD 20833) If this is not too far for your members to travel to, please encourage them to attend. There will be plenty of valuable information as well as fun to be had.

Click here to see flyer.


2. Thursday, June 1st 12:30 – 2:00PM: Suburban Village Ambassador Alliance Meeting

Those that have been attending previous meetings have received an invitation already. I would still like to welcome anyone who is interested in joining the ongoing conversation with Suburban, regarding the development of effective relationships with local hospitals. The meeting will take place in the OASIS headquarter. If you wish to attend, please contact Kate McGrail by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OASIS is located adjacent to the Macy’s HOME Store on level 2 of the Westfield Montgomery Mall (7125 Democracy Boulevard Bethesda, MD 20817)

Click here to see directions.


3. Wednesday, June 7th 1-3pm, Montgomery County Villages Quarterly Meeting

Location: Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad: 2nd floor, Anastaci Room 5020 Battery Lane Bethesda, MD 20814. (Easy parking at the back, enter from the left of the building.)

This forum was created in response to a need for the county villages to spend time together, either to share ideas and information or to receive training on a specific topic. This group does not meet when WAVE meetings are held in Montgomery County.

This time, the meeting will be an open Q & A session to share ideas and learn from one another about ways to address different issues. I will also share a few important updates about our capacity building effort and the partnerships we have been working on.

Each Village should only send one or two people, so please coordinate with your community.

FYI- Our next session will take place on July 27th - fundraising workshop. More information will follow.


4. Wednesday, June 14th, 10am-1pm: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

This year, the event will take place at the Rockville Senior Center. 1150 Carnation Drive Rockville, MD 20850.

Click here to see flyer.


5. Monday, June 19th, 9:30am -12pm, WAVE Quarterly Meeting

This meeting will take place at Mt. Vernon Government Center. 2511 Parkers Lane Alexandria, VA 22306.

Click here to see map.

Presentation topics: “Alzheimer’s Care”: How villages can help with compassionate care and support for our loved ones”
Please help anticipate attendance. If you plan to attend, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



That's all folks! Lastly, I will be visiting family in Israel from 6.17-7.4. Please contact me before then if you have a time sensitive question or concern.

Pazit Aviv
Village Coordinator
Aging and Disability Services
401 Hungerford Drive, 4th floor.
Rockville, MD 20850

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