Montgomery County Encourages Volunteerism With Community Service Day Projects

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For Immediate Release: 10/20/2014 Montgomery County Encourages Volunteerism With Community Service Day Projects For 28 years, Montgomery County has been at the forefront of promoting volunteerism through its annual celebration of Community Service Day on the fourth Saturday of October. The event, which takes place throughout the County and is organized by the County’s Volunteer Center, gives the community an opportunity to sample different ways to volunteer with one-time opportunities designed to attract volunteers to year-round service. “For more than a quarter of a century, County residents have been rolling up their sleeves to give their own time, energy and talents to help our neighbors in need and make the County an even better place to live and work,” said County Executive Isiah Leggett. “This year, we are emphasizing our goal of making Montgomery County a ‘hunger free zone’ and are striving to collect 25,000 pounds of nonperishable food items to stock our food pantries. I urge all our residents to join us in meeting this challenge and make a canned food donation at their neighborhood Giant Food store during the weekend of October 25 and 26.” This year, Community Service Day falls on October 25, and diverse service projects are currently available throughout the week of October 18 to 26. Projects currently include cooking at Nourish Now’s Cookapalooza, helping Habitat for Humanity organize for a sale of donated goods, participating in food drives organized by Manna and other organizations at area Giant Food stores, and volunteering at a stream cleanup. Many projects provide students with the opportunity to earn Student Service Learning hours. Individuals, social groups, businesses, civic organizations and faith groups can sign up to volunteer. Volunteers can discover opportunities and register for a project, and organizations can post new projects at the Montgomery County Volunteer Center website — www.montgomeryserves.org. The County Executive is scheduled to participate in the Habitat for Humanity event on Saturday afternoon and at one of the hunger drives at a Giant Food Store location. Montgomery County continues its promotion of community service with Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday celebration on January 19, 2015, and with Earth Day opportunities throughout the month of April. For more information, visit www.montgomeryserves.org, contact the Montgomery County Volunteer Center at volunteer@montgomerycountymd.gov or call Lorraine Driscoll at 240-777-2608. # # # Release ID: 14-381 Media Contact: Lorraine Driscoll 240-777-2608

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