Community ChangeMakers

Paula Matallana on Monday, 23 February 2015. Posted in Circle Community

Network Member's Initiative to Lift Up Montgomery County Volunteers

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Volunteers are essential to the successful work of nonprofit organizations, but their efforts are hardly ever in publicized in the limelight. Holly Brooks wants to change this. Holly, who we consider to be a close member of IMPACT’s network, has created the Community ChangeMakers blog to honor volunteers working across Montgomery County.

When sharing the reason why she started the blog, Holly said, “I often see the leaders and EDs in the news, online, etc., but I don't always see the recognition of the day-in, day-out people. This is a way to celebrate unsung heroes and their individual contributions.” She hopes that the website will not only serve as a vehicle to share the amazing work of individual volunteers, but will also serve as a place where community members can network and share ideas with one another.

Maydale Park

Paula Matallana on Monday, 23 February 2015.

East County Community Circle Works to Revitalize Local Park

maydaleMembers of IMPACT's East County Community Circle are working closely with Montgomery County Department of Parks to find ways to support the revitalization of the now-closed Maydale Nature Center at 1638 Maydale Drive, Colesville, MD.

Even though the Nature Center building is closed, the surrounding Maydale Park is open and Circle members are helping to publicize events happening there in the coming weeks:

Amphibians at Maydale, Saturday, March 14th from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Perfect for ages 3+, $5 for kids, adults are FREE
Register for Course #314549 at

Spring is Here Hike, Saturday, April 11th from 11:00 am - noon
Perfect for ages 4+, FREE
Register for Course #316865 at

Come participate in an outdoor activity at Maydale and show your support for this great community resource!

Click here for event flyer.

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Momentum Awards Nominations Deadline Extended

Elizabeth McMeekin on Wednesday, 11 February 2015. Posted in Inside Impact

Get your nominations in!

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We are extending the nomination deadline for the Momentum Awards to Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

  • Do you know someone creating a welcoming environment for newcomers to the community – at a school, through a church, or above and beyond in their work? This would be a GREAT person to nominate for the Social Momentum Award.
  • Are there people or groups you know of that are making the community you live in better – improved lighting, sidewalks, crosswalks, speed bumps, parks, etc.? These would be wonderful candidates for the Civic Momentum Award.
  • Have you encountered improved economic opportunities because of someone or some group’s special efforts? Nominate them for the Economic Momentum Award.

    Nominating is easy! Just answer four simple questions. You can find the Guidelines and Nomination form here. If you would like a Word version of the nomination form, contact Elizabeth McMeekin at 301-298-5117

  • IMPACT Leads Workshops for GATOR Program

    Elizabeth McMeekin on Wednesday, 04 February 2015. Posted in Circle Community

    GATOR Workshops at Pembridge and Arcola

    IMG 4800 resizeFor the second year in a row, IMPACT has partnered with Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP) to support the Great Achievers Towards Outstanding Results (GATOR) program. The GATOR program is an educational initiative designed for families and children and takes place at the Pembridge Apartments and Arcola Elementary School.

    One facet of the program includes providing workshops for parents that supports parents interest in their children’s development. IMPACT staff members offer workshops on a range of topics and also share information about community-based resources available through Montgomery County and area nonprofits.

    A second facet of the program focuses specifically on children. In the spring, IMPACT’s Wheaton Sports program will lead after-school youth soccer activities at the two sites.

    It is a privilege to support youth and their parents in the GATOR program!

    Standing Together for Racial Justice

    Elizabeth McMeekin on Thursday, 22 January 2015. Posted in Circle Community

    IMPACT Stands with Christ Congregational Church

    cccOn January 16th, the Black Lives Matter banner outside of Christ Congregational Church in Silver Spring was vandalized. In choosing how to respond, Pastor Matt Braddock and members of the church’s Racial Justice Circle* decided to display the banner inside the sanctuary for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. worship celebration. Pastor Braddock led the gathered community in a reflection and discussion about why changing Black Lives Matter to “all” lives matter dilutes the message about the church’s stand for racial justice.

    The church’s Facebook page has been an important tool for community members to share and communicate with one another. In addition, two news teams (NBC4 and USA9) interviewed Pastor Braddock, providing an opportunity to convey widely the church’s commitment to racial justice. They invite others to join in the conversation, using the hashtag #alllivesdontmatteryet. This hashtag, “#alllivesdontmatteryet explains, very succinctly, why the wording on our banner matters to us,” say members of the church. “An act of vandalism will not deter the community from raising awareness and fighting for racial justice.”

    *The CCC Racial Justice Circle is one of IMPACT Silver Spring’s Opportunity Circles.