Introducing Our New Executive Director

Paula Matallana on Monday, 24 November 2014. Posted in Inside Impact

Jayne Park Steps In As IMPACT Silver Spring's Executive Director

Jaypne ParkThe Board of Directors of IMPACT Silver Spring is pleased to announce the selection of Jayne Park as our next Executive Director, effective December 1, 2014.

For 17 years, Jayne Park has held various leadership positions in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in the greater Washington, D.C., area, including serving as Senior Strategic Advisor to IMPACT Silver Spring 2011-2012. She has been a long-time active member of the IMPACT network, and supported key organizational work such as the development of IMPACT’s role in the initial formation of the Neighborhood Opportunity Network.

Jayne co-founded and served as Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC), a community-based legal services and advocacy nonprofit serving low-income Asian Americans in the D.C. metro area. Her philanthropic background includes serving as the Deputy Director for the Community Foundation for Montgomery County (CFMC) where she led the Nonprofit Advancement Fund. Jayne has also served as a member of the Consumer Health Foundation’s Health Equity and Racial Equity Advisory Committee, and most currently works as a consultant to the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation.

“Jayne's substantial experience in the local nonprofit and philanthropic communities, combined with her deep understanding of IMPACT's network building approach, makes her ideally suited to lead IMPACT Silver Spring in fulfilling its mission said Sterling Crockett, IMPACT's Interim Board Chair, ” said Sterling Crockett, IMPACT's Interim Board Chair.

The board believes that Jayne’s deep knowledge of IMPACT Silver Spring’s past work and future aspirations will provide a smooth leadership transition and advance the organization’s work. Additionally, Jayne has been learning about best practices for resident-led change in communities around the country, knowledge that will be invaluable to strengthening IMPACT’s work. IMPACT Silver Spring’s staff is looking forward to Jayne’s leadership and is excited to see her return to the team.

“I am honored and privileged to have been chosen as IMPACT’s next Executive Director,” said Jayne. “I look forward to working with IMPACT's network, and building upon its 15-year history as a catalyst for social innovation and community transformation.”

Jayne has received numerous leadership awards, including the 2006 Exponent Leadership Award from the Meyer Foundation, the 2005 Excel Leadership Award from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, and the 2003 Trailblazer’s Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. In addition, she was named a 2005 Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine. Jayne is a graduate of Brown University, and Boston College Law School.

Autumn Community Resource Fair in Long Branch

Elizabeth McMeekin on Thursday, 30 October 2014.

Long Branch Neighbors Come Together

Long Branch Resource FairMaureen Larenas, Manager of the Takoma East Silver Spring (TESS) Center, dreamed of hosting a community resource fair for the Long Branch community. She knew, however, that bringing such a big project from concept to reality would require others’ participation. In September, she invited the Long Branch Network Partners to join with her in designing and implementing the idea.

Following the Partners meeting, a group of six organizations – TESS Center, IMPACT Silver Spring, Mary’s Center, Priority Partners, CHEER, and Crossroads Community Food Network – gatheredtogether to begin working on the details. Six short weeks later, the group’s extensive outreach to the businesses at the Piney Branch Shopping Center and coordination with other nonprofits working in the area produced a truly great event! On Saturday, October 25th, 22 organizations, businesses, and vendors set up tables and art stations all along the side walk at the Piney Branch Shopping Center. A crystal clear fall day and wonderful information displays at the tables created a welcoming context for neighbors to stop by and learn about the services and resources available to Long Branch residents.

Green Apple Day of Service at Broad Acres Elementary School

Elizabeth McMeekin on Tuesday, 14 October 2014. Posted in Inside Impact

Volunteering with GLobal Communities

Global CommunitiesGreen Apple Day of Service, an international organization with headquarters in Silver Spring, hosts a Green Apple Day of Service at schools in countries all around the world. For the third consecutive year, Global Communities has partnered locally with Broad Acres Elementary School and IMPACT to carry out a variety of projects at the school.

This year, approximately 40 adult and youth volunteers cleaned trash in the field all around the school area. They also worked in the interior garden to begin building an exterior seating area for classes to use; weeded the established garden boxes; transplanted lettuces into the boxes; and assembled an exterior storage shed for the tools and supplies used to maintain the courtyard. In just two short hours, remarkable progress was made in the courtyard, and many bags of trash were collected from around the field!  

Bernadette's Story

Lanita Whitehurst on Tuesday, 14 October 2014.

Telling Our Stories Workshop

In June, IMPACT convened a two-part workshop called “Telling Our Stories,” designed to teach the art of effective and authentic personal and collective story-telling. One of our August E-Bulletins featured one of the personal narratives that came out of that workshop as told by network member Sonia Reyes. Today, we share another network member’s first-hand account of the importance of vision and the power of relationships.

My name is Bernadette Musau, I am originally from Nairobi, Machakos in Kenya. I came to the United States because I wanted to provide my children with opportunities for a better education. Back home, I had a good job at United Touring/Hertz Rental Car, traveling all over the world. But, even with my good job, I was afraid that my children would be trapped, unable to be all that they wanted to be. You see, in Kenya only those with exceptional grades are able to go to university.

I had a vision. I wanted my three children to come to the United States and go to college. Amazingly, I accomplished it. Within less than five years of arriving in Maryland, all three of my children were working on master’s degrees. Today, they all know what they want to do with their lives and they’re working towards their goals.

So, now I’m done with my kids. It’s my time to think about my own dreams. Back in Kenya I was the Director/Owner of a school called the Kamulu Girls Learning Center. When I came to the United States I had to leave the school. All of the children were relocated to other schools and that was the end of that. But, I still have the school land and the buildings. I plan to first get my associate degree and then my bachelor’s. I then want to go back, re-open the school, and begin to—with new understanding and wisdom-- educate children again. I believe that once you’re educated you are able to think bigger than before.

With thanks to the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation!

Elizabeth McMeekin on Monday, 13 October 2014. Posted in Events

Celebrating Eid al Adha

MC Muslim FoundationIn honor of the Muslim holy day, Eid al Adha (also known as the Festival of the Sacrifice), the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation partners with community based organizations to distribute donations of fresh beef to county residents.

For the third year in a row, IMPACT served as a partner to the Foundation, inviting members from its Opportunity Circles to participate in the meat distribution. On Saturday, October 11th, a group of 163 people gathered at IMPACT’s office for the distribution despite the chilly and damp weather. To stay warm and active, Carmen Hernandez, lead organizer of this event, invited participants to join in a Hello Circle. As people presented themselves to one another, we learned that there were people from Germantown, Wheaton, and Long Branch present, representing six different Opportunity Circles.