Category: Community Services (Page 1 of 3)

Rockville’s Generosity on Display During 2019 Holiday Drive

Generous contributions from more than 240 individuals, businesses, and community organizations resulted in $93,149 of food, cash, toys and gift cards for the 2019 Rockville Holiday Drive.

These contributions, and the hard work of many volunteers, enabled the city to:

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Hearing, Heart and Prostate Health at the Senior Center

Learn to interact better with people with dementia and learn about hearing-loss options, heart health and the prostate this February at the Rockville Senior Center.

Register at the senior center’s information desk by calling 240-314-8800, or with the course number at www.rockvillemd.gov/ registration.

Dementia-friendly Initiative
Community members can often feel awkward when communicating with someone living with dementia, and may experience unnecessary discomfort when running errands, dining out and attending community events. With this free training, from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, gain new skills and resources to effectively continue work and other activities while helping those with dementia. Conducted by Nancy Epstein, of JK House of Grace, a qualified Dementia Friends community educator and part of Montgomery County’s Dementia Friendly Initiative. Register with course #11524.

Hearing Loss
In a free session, from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, Lisa Yuan and Christy Gavitt will share their personal experiences with hearing loss, and the strategies and tools, including assistive devices, that help them remain engaged and productive. Both presenters are Network of Community Assistive Technology Trainers — volunteers who go out in the community to educate people about hearing-loss resources and tools to enhance the ability to understand speech in different settings. Yuan works at the National Institutes of Health Communications and wears a cochlear implant and hearing aid; Gavitt is a global health consultant and wears hearing aids. Register with course #11522.

Heart Health
A basic overview of how to prevent and manage symptoms and/or conditions related to heart health through diet, exercise and lifestyle changes. There will also be a heart-healthy bingo activity that will go over different facts about heart health. Presented by Adventist HealthCare from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. Register with course #11525.

Update on Prostate Health
When is a prostate exam necessary? What does an elevated PSA mean? What treatment options are available for prostate cancer? Learn how to maintain a healthy prostate with urologist Mark Rosenblum with this free seminar, 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. Register with course #11587.

Ongoing Skin Clinic

Held the second Friday of each month. Appointments required. Medicare/insurance will be billed. Call 1-877- 345-5300 for appointment, see Betty in the health room, or call her at 240-314-8803.

Memory Café
Free sessions for people living with early-stage memory loss to connect with one another through social events promoting interaction and companionship. Contact Sheila Griffith at 240-844-3608 or sagriffith@alz.org before attending. Bring a bag lunch. Noon-1 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 3 and 24. Register with course #11539

Have an Urge to Help? Rockville Wants You to Volunteer

Rockville is always on the hunt for volunteers — and if you have a few extra hours to spare each month, you can make a huge difference in your community, whether by mentoring a kid, shoveling snow for a senior, cleaning a stream or serving on the city’s boards and commissions.

What kind of difference do volunteers make in the city? From July to December 2019, 1,264 volunteers donated more than 13,000 hours to activities in Rockville — an investment of time worth an estimated $260,020.

And what could volunteering do for you? You could learn a new skill, gain work experience that looks good on your résumé, meet new people and network — or just feel good that you made a difference!

If a longer-term volunteer commitment is not manageable, check out one-time opportunities to volunteer. Consider supporting a single special event like the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, wrapping gifts for families in need at the annual Holiday Drive toy shop, or helping at a community center celebration, like the Family Valentine’s Dance.

For volunteers who can commit to a longer-term role, service on one of the city’s boards and commissions allows members of the community to partner with city staff to shape Rockville’s future by sharing expertise and advising the Mayor and Council.

Boards and commissions address a wide range of relevant topics, from the environment to human services to city elections. Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/98/Boards-Commissions to see vacancies and learn more about the application process.

The city’s volunteer program also allows participants to adopt a stream, teach children to swim, assist in numerous ways with the Recreation and Parks Department, remove invasive weeds, mentor youth and (for elementary or middle school students) better the environment by marking storm drains.

To find opportunities to volunteer and an application form, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/volunteer.

County to Provide Free Tax Preparation Appointments through VITA

Montgomery County is hosting free tax preparation sessions throughout tax season for low- to moderate-income families that earned $56,000 or less in 2019.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which is run by the Montgomery County Community Action Agency, provides IRS-certified volunteers from nonprofit and public agencies who can help low- to moderate-income families maximize their tax refunds and credits, including the Earned-Income Tax Credit, and e-file their federal and state tax forms.

Appointments in Rockville are available from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Wednesdays, until April 15, at the Community Action Agency, 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 320. The program is for Montgomery County residents only,.

Walk-in consultations are available from 2-6 p.m. Thursdays, from Feb. 6-April 9, at Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Road.

Schedule an appointment by calling 240-777-1123. (TTY users, call 711) or at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cashback.

To find more information, including a list of additional locations throughout Montgomery County, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/freetaxhelp or email VITA@montgomery
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City’s Financial Assistance Program Can Help in an Emergency

Need financial help? Facing eviction? Utilities about to be shut off? Need help paying for prescription medication?

Emergency financial assistance is available to eligible Rockville residents facing a financial crisis through the Rockville Emergency Assistance Program.

Depending on eligibility, REAP assistance may be available for funeral expenses and medical expenses. Referrals for emergency food, clothing, financial/employment counseling and other assistance are also provided.

For more information on REAP, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/reap.

Wellness Programs for a Healthier You, at Rockville Senior Center

At the Rockville Senior Center this month, find out about pain management and reducing your stress and, for Spanish speakers, how to eat healthily.

Register at the senior center’s information desk by calling 240-314-8800, or online with the course number at www.rockvillemd.gov/registration.

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Make Volunteering One of Your New Year’s Resolutions

Want to do some good deeds in the new year? Rockville has dozens of opportunities available for teens and adults, from snow shoveling to mentoring to stream cleanups.

Whether your passion is helping others or the environment, you can use your free time to lend a hand. Here are some examples:

Adopt a stream:
Individuals, families, businesses and community groups can adopt a stream. Formally adopt a stream or participate in a one-time cleanup. Even a small group of volunteers can remove large amounts of debris from streams in a short period of time.

Join a board or commission: Consider joining a board, commission or committee to help provide recommendations to the Mayor and Council on issues that matter.

Youth mentor: Offers support and encouragement to a child, helping them reach their full potential.

Find more Rockville’s volunteer opportunities at www.rockvillemd.gov/volunteer.

Combating Opioids is Front and Center in 2020

After a successful year of going purple, Rockville’s efforts to bring sustained, communitywide attention to the epidemic of opioid addiction and overdoses will continue throughout 2019, starting with two trainings on how to identify an overdose and use the rescue drug Narcan to reverse its effects.

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MLK Jr. Day Celebration to Feature Performances, Community Service

Rockville’s 48th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, will include diverse performances, awards and a keynote speech focused on the theme of “Light in the Midst of Darkness.”

The celebration is free and open to all ages. There will be community service activities beginning at 11 a.m., along with information booths and free refreshments before the program. The program will begin at noon in the auditorium.

To learn more about the celebration as details become available, including opportunities to participate in the service activities, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/mlk.

Volunteers Needed
Organizers are also seeking volunteers to help with setup, cleanup, tech and stage crew, ushering and more. Student Service Learning credit is available. For more information, contact Janet Kelly at 240-314-8316 or jkelly@rockvillemd.gov. For information about accessibility, call 240-314-8108.

Dec. 20 Deadline for Community Grant Applications

An application for community organization grants for Fiscal Year 2021, which begins July 1, is available at www.rockvillemd.gov/communityorggrant.

Grants are awarded annually to local organizations that partner with the city to enhance the quality of life of Rockville residents through education, community engagement or other activities that benefit the Rockville community. Applications are due Friday, Dec. 20.

Call 240-314-8104 for more information.

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