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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

  • 2014 Momentum Award Nominees

    Paula Matallana on Thursday, 20 March 2014. Posted in Inside Impact

    The Full List

    Two weeks ago, we revealed the winners of the 2014 Momentum Awards. Now we would like for you to join us in congratulating the rest of our wonderful nominees whose diverse work is helping to improve the quality of life in Montgomery County. The Momentum Awards committee as well as IMPACT staff is in agreement that we had a very close competition this year. Make sure to stay tuned as we highlight each nominee in greater depth over the next few weeks on both the IMPACT Blog and our newsletter! 

    Social Momentum
    Bruce Baker (Executive Director, Community CHEER);  the Kemp Mill Elementary School Garden;  Maria Chevez Lopez (Community Connector, Neighborhood Opportunity Network);  Mary Helen Carlson (Family Services Inc., Betty Ann Krahnke Center);  Phillip Hill (Founder, Hill's Hitters Karate);  St. Luke Lutheran Church;  Richard Jaeggi (Executive Director, Gandhi Brigade);  Latino Childcare Association of Greater Washington DC.

    Economic Momentum
    Chris Lancette (Co-owner, Orion's Attic);  Improving Transitions and Exploring Job Opportunities Group (Group of MCAEL coalition members);  The Pennyworth Shop;  Ray Nosbaum (Founder, MarVa Harvest, INC).

    Civic Momentum
    The Dreamers; Luis Bonilla (Owner, Choice Electronics);  Sister Jenna (Brahma Kumaris Meditatino Museum);  Ada Villatoro (Owner, El Golfo Restaurant);  Michelle Dudley and Michele Levy (Crossroads Community Food Network).

    Momentum Awards Honor Community Members Making a Difference

    Elizabeth McMeekin on Tuesday, 04 March 2014. Posted in Inside Impact

    The 2014 Momentum Awards Committee

    From beginning to end, community is at the heart of the Momentum Awards. Nominations come from community members who identify the incredible contributions of people in the area. Each year, amazing individuals and groups are lifted up as candidates for the three awards categories:

    Social Momentum – Those working in our community to build trust, relationships, a sense of belonging and mutual support across lines of difference.
    Economic Momentum – Those who are positively impacting employment, income and/or commerce in ways that tap the power of our community’s diversity.
    Civic Momentum – Those attuned to addressing, in the public square, the challenges faced by our diverse community.

    momentum awards committee 018resizeEach year, a fabulous committee of community volunteers reviews the nominations, and gathers together to discuss and select the winners for each category. This year’s committee included 21 people from around the county who agreed to review the nominations and participate together in making the final selections. This year’s committee was composed of people working for county government, community members, former Momentum Award winners, and representatives from community-based nonprofits. We extend our profound thanks to Jayne Park and Reemberto Rodriguez, who served as Co-Chairs for the Selection Committee, and for each of the Committee members themselves:

    Ana Van Balen, Anil Pereira, Ben Simon, Debbie Spielberg, Evan Glass, Frankie Blackburn, Hope Gleicher, Jewru Bandeh, John Landesman, Lanita Whitehurst, Matthew Braddock, Megan Moriarty, Noelle Halle, Sharon Friedman, Shebra Evans, Sue Lenn, Tiffany Tan, Timothy Warner, and Wendy Enderson.  

    2014 Momentum Award Winners

    Paula Matallana on Monday, 03 March 2014. Posted in Inside Impact

    Honoring Montgomery County's Unsing Heroes

    Join us in honoring our 2014 Momentum Awards recipients, local heroes who are creating social, economic, and civic momentum for the betterment of life in Montgomery County! 

    Social Momentum Award: Rashad Price, Street Outreach Network
    Rashad Price works in the Street Outreach Network, an initiative of the Montgomery County's Department of Health and Human Services, to provide positive youth development programs in the region of East County. In the past year, he has developed both a flag football team and a basketball team, organized field trips, and established a male mentoring program for over 30 youth. This program meets weekly to discuss issues relating to the youth's environment, social and educational issues. It is also monitors grades, encourages parent involvement, and attempts to improve teen behavior.

    Economic Momentum Award: Long Branch Business League Leadership (Carlos Perozo, Ada Villatoro, Art Cobb)
    The leadership of the Long Branch Business League is comprised of Carlos Perozo, President of the League and owner of ZP Tax; Ada Villatoro, Vice President of the League and owner of El Golfo Restaurant; and Art Cobb, Secretary-Treasurer of the League and owner of BSP Media Services. They have been instrumental in promoting an inclusive vision for Long Branch's commercial center while maintaining a goal that allows private commercial success and community well being to progress hand in hand. Carlos, Ada and Art, each small business owners, have gone above and beyond their own businesses to focus on such community-building initiatives as the Super Block Party at which for Long Branch residents came together.

    Civic Momentum Award: Laurie Duker, Executive Director, Court Watch Montgomery
    Laurie founded Court Watch Montgomery over four years ago in order to help guarantee the safety of women fleeing domestic abuse in Montgomery County. With Laurie's leadreship, Court Watch has implemented a process to help victims of domestic violence as they pursue just and safe lives as it aims to curb the practices that keep women from successfully using the court to protect themselves. Court Watch monitors and evaluates Maryland's domestic violence justice system by accompanying women to court, makes judicial personnel aware of the public's interest in how domestic violence cases are handled by the court, reports their findings and recommendations regularly, and educates citizens about domestic violence and the role of the local judiciary.

    Momentum Awards Deadline Extended

    Paula Matallana on Tuesday, 21 January 2014. Posted in Inside Impact

    One More Week to Submit Nominations!

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    We have extended the deadline for Momentum Awards Nominations by a week! We encourage you to nominate a member of your community by Monday, January 27th and provide them with the opportunity to be publicly recognized for their amazing work to strengthen Montgomery County. 

    Momentum Awards categories include:

  • Social Momentum: building trust, relationships, a sense of belonging, and mutual support across lines of difference.
  • Economic Momentum: positively impacting employment, income and/or commerce in ways that tap the power of our community’s diversity.
  • Civic Momentum: addressing, in the public square, the challenges faced by our diverse community.
  • Please visit our website to access the Nomination Guidelines and Nominations Form. For more information, please contact Elizabeth McMeekin at (301) 298-5117 or .