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IMPACT Silver Spring and Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association Enter Into 5th Year of Partnership to Expand Youth Sports

Paula Matallana on Monday, 06 February 2017. Posted in Inside Impact


Jayne Park
IMPACT Silver Spring
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IMPACT Silver Spring and Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association Enter Into 5th Year of Partnership to Expand Youth Sports

SILVER SPRING, Md. – February 7, 2017 – Today the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association announced a $25,000 grant award to IMPACT Silver Spring to provide on-going and expanded sports opportunities to children and youth in low income neighborhoods in the greater Silver Spring area. Since 2011, IMPACT has been organizing soccer and basketball teams for elementary through high school age students in the Long Branch community. In 2014, IMPACT’s sports program expanded to include Wheaton – increasing the program’s geographic reach and the total number of low income families with access to sporting opportunities that they did not previously have.

“We appreciate the tremendous support the American Beverage Association’s Foundation has given to IMPACT over the past five years, which has enabled us to both meet the growing demand for sports activities in Long Branch and Wheaton, and continue the planned expansion of our sports programs to East County,” said Jayne Park, Executive Director of IMPACT Silver Spring.

IMPACT acquired the Long Branch Athletic Association (LBAA) in 2011, incorporating sports as an integral aspect of its work because IMPACT understands that improving the lives of children is an essential component of building vibrant communities. This is especially important in Montgomery County’s low-income neighborhoods, where few opportunities exist for youth to participate in affordable, geographically accessible, team-based sports.

Over the next year, IMPACT will offer expanded year-round soccer and basketball opportunities for youth in the Long Branch and Wheaton communities and will further pilot its programs in Briggs Chaney. Additional activities planned for this year include expanding the Wheaton Soccer League and exposure to new sports such as lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee, and flag football.

“We are thrilled with our partnership with IMPACT Silver Spring which demonstrates our commitment to promoting a healthy, balanced lifestyle among young people,” said Ellen Valentino, executive vice president, Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association. “It is important to make sure children and their parents know that exercise and physical activity are the building blocks of living a vigorous, healthy life.”

The grant is jointly funded by the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America.

About IMPACT Silver Spring
IMPACT Silver Spring was founded in 1999 during the revitalization of downtown Silver Spring. The unique and specific focus of IMPACT’s work is to build and sustain community-based networks that ignite local inclusive economies and vibrant communities. IMPACT’s vision is a thriving multicultural community where everyone has a full and quality life because everyone is engaged, connected, and exercising individual and collective power.

About Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association
The Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Beverage Association is the regional trade association for local soft drink bottlers and distributors including Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, PepsiCo, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, and Canada Dry Potomac Corp. These companies not only manufacture and distribute soft drinks in Maryland, but employ thousands of local residents.

About the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America
The American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America seeks to make a significant contribution to the health of local communities by providing grants to support charitable programs at community organizations that work to advance both the physical health of their local citizens and the environmental health of their communities. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) created and funded by America’s non-alcoholic beverage industry and is a reflection of the industry’s long-standing tradition of giving back to communities.”

IMPACT's Annual Meeting in Words and Pictures

Paula Matallana on Wednesday, 20 July 2016. Posted in Inside Impact

July 2016 Newsletter

The following content was originally distributed through IMPACT Silver Spring's July e-newsletter.

Message from the Senior Network Coach

Dear Friends:

Welcome to the July 2016 issue of the IMPACT Newsletter. This edition is devoted to sharing highlights from our first ever Annual Network Meeting held on June 8th. More than 90 network members and friends joined us for the event at the Silver Spring Civic Building. We know that one of the most important aspects of building and sustaining robust community-based networks is good communication and exchange of ideas among network members. Networks are more likely to thrive when information flows freely and people are learning from and sharing with each other.

At the Annual Meeting, during what we called “Network Action,” members of six IMPACT Circles shared their stories of collective action from the past year: the Gaithersburg Circle, the Micro-Entrepreneurs Circle, the Family Asset Building Circle, the East County Community Circle, the English Language Circle, and the Grandview Circle. The entire Annual Network Meeting was simultaneously interpreted in English and Spanish to encourage full inclusion and sharing.

We hope that you will scroll through the entirety of this newsletter to enjoy some of the pictures from the evening, read a few of the insights shared by Circle members during “Network Action,” and to make note of upcoming IMPACT network events listed on our calendar. Thank you for your ongoing interest in and support of IMPACT’s work.


Lanita Whitehurst


2016 Annual Network Meeting in Words and Pictures

“Not everything is about leaders. Community work also just needs people there to help. It’s important for people to know that they don’t have to take on some huge role, they can just be a contributor—with their voice, their time, their talent. Encourage other people in your community, as we work to broaden our Circles, to remember that all aspects of being on a team are important."
–Tia Taylor, East County Community Circle

“So many people who come from different places arrive here wondering what to do and are intimidated by the language. There are always the questions of what to do, where to study, where to work. The purpose of the Gaithersburg Circle is to continue to enlarge the Circle and amplify the voices of others. We open the doors to those who want to be active in their community and share their gifts.”
- Myriam Vargas, Gaithersburg Circle

“I have seen how people work hard day after day while only being paid a pittance. There are some people who are not even paid the minimum wage. I saw this when I came to this country so I challenged myself to start my own business.”
- Selvyn Vasquez, Micro-Entrepreneurs Circle

“Some people say, ‘why not just keep your money in the bank’ instead of using the Ekub [an Ethiopian traditional financial cooperative]. But, I say no. There are many advantages associated with the Ekub. Because there is no interest with the Ekub, the psychological effect is very helpful because people know that they can get interest-free money when they need it.”
-Elias Abdullah, Family Asset Building Circle

Introducing the "Activating Micro-Entrepreneurs" Initiative

Jayne Park on Wednesday, 30 September 2015. Posted in Inside Impact

An Opportunity for Entrepreneurs to Build their Networks

FullSizeRender 1“Activating Micro-Entrepreneurs” is an initiative that IMPACT recently launched in the Long Branch/Langley Park neighborhood. This new, bi-weekly gathering enables aspiring entrepreneurs to build their networks, and to access reliable technical support so that they can make progress toward their business development goals. We are grateful to our partners CentroNía for providing a comfortable gathering space in the heart of the Long Branch/Langley Park neighborhood, and Life Asset for providing technical support around two important first steps in establishing a business – building personal savings, and establishing a strong credit history.

Fifteen micro-entrepreneurs attended the first session (Thursday, September 24th), and their diverse backgrounds and experiences made for a rich and energetic first gathering! Some have recently established businesses while others are in the early stages of exploring a business idea. The skills, interest, and experiences of participants ranged from construction, home remodeling, house painting, valet parking, and home-based child care to starting a driving school and a family cleaning business. Others shared their dreams of turning personal passions and interests into income-generating opportunities – in areas such as yoga, hand-made clothing and accessories, and hand-made artisanal soaps.

2015 Momentum Award Recipients

Paula Matallana on Wednesday, 18 March 2015. Posted in Inside Impact

Community Change Makers

Impact Silver Spring is proud to announce the 2015 Momentum Award recipients! Since 2007, the annual Momentum Awards have honored unsung heroes who exemplify the skill and will to build vibrant multicultural communities. Momentum Award winners activate their networks to create social, economic, and civic momentum throughout Montgomery County, reflecting Impact’s mission to build thriving multicultural communities and strong local economies through community-based networks.

This year, Impact Silver Spring is excited to announce a new award category called the Momentum Maker Award. This award honors an established leader who goes beyond doing “good work” by pushing past boundaries of limiting beliefs and assumptions to find innovative and enduring solutions to the complex problems of our time.

Award winners will be honored at IMPACT Now! on May 7th, 2015 at the Fillmore Silver Spring. Visit the IMPACT Now! registration page for more event information. 

After a rigorous and competitive process, an awards committee made up of diverse community members selected the following individuals as Impact's 2015 Momentum Award recipients:

Dr. Pollard

Momentum Maker: Dr. DeRionne Pollard

Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard is the winner of the Momentum Maker Award for her work as President of Montgomery College. Dr. Pollard consistently weighs in on matters related to education equity, particularly as it relates to learners of color. For example, she worked with MCPS and the Universities at Shady Grove to create ACES, a program that helps prepare high school students for college. Furthermore, Dr. Pollard has tasked the college with creating a new posture for community engagement to make the campus more open. Dr. Pollard was a member of Impact Silver Spring’s Board of Directors from 2011 to 2014.

Tamar Ruth

Social Momentum: Tamar Ruth

Tamar Ruth is the winner of the Social Momentum Award for her work as Assistant Principal at Greencastle Elementary School in the Briggs Chaney community in East County. By connecting diverse stakeholders, she has helped create new opportunities for students, such as academic and socio-emotional programs. Some of the institutional partnerships that Ms. Ruth has integrated into Greencastle Elementary School's programs include a reading-literacy tutoring program with the CommonWeal Foundation and a mentoring program for boys with the Institute for Building Men. Ms. Ruth works to improve network connections across the diverse school community, having been actively involved with the local NAACP, the East Count Community Circle, MCPS Equity Team, and the Advisory Board for the MCPS Office of Community Engagement and Partnership.

Megan Moriarty

Economic Momentum: Megan Moriarty

Megan Moriarty is the winner of the Economic Momentum Award for her work as the Owner and Manager of Fenton Street Market. Ms. Moriarty participated as a vendor in the market in 2009 and then acquired the company in 2011. In 2012, Ms. Moriarty led efforts to keep the market in downtown Silver Spring when increased costs threatened to force it to move from its Veterans Plaza location. She has created an active vendor network to help small business owners share information, grow their businesses, and build a sense of camaraderie, making Fenton Street Market unique within the usually competitive market world. Prior to Fenton Street Market, Ms. Moriarty was a staff member at Impact Silver Spring, where she worked to build community networks in Wheaton.

jessica weissCivic Momentum: Jessica Weiss

Jessica Weiss is the winner of the Civic Momentum Award for her work as the Founder and Executive Director of Growing SOUL, an organization that focuses on the creation of a just, interconnected, and sustainable food system for Montgomery Country. Her accomplishments include organizing panel discussions on the global food crisis for Silver Spring GreenFest and the Corporate Volunteer Council in 2014. Ms. Weiss's work also includes creating job training opportunities for the homeless. Frurthermore, Ms. Weiss has signed off on over 1,500 Student Service Learning hours, 350 apprentice hours, and 7,500 volunteer hours for the community-at-large. For the past four years, Ms. Weiss has ben doing all of her civic work as a volunteer.

Please join us in congratulating this year's Momentum Award Winners!

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