Mission of the Office of Community Partnerships
The mission of the Office of Community Partnerships (OCP) is to strengthen relationships between the Montgomery County government and the residents it serves, with special focus on underserved and emerging communities and our neighbors in need. The OCP serves as a bridge builder between the County government and community organizations serving the residents of Montgomery County, working across the barriers of race, ethnicity, income, and religion that too often diminish communities. OCP's mission is to carry out the County Executive's commitment to build a larger policy table with participation by a more diverse range and greater number of residents as we work to become America’s most welcoming community.
Click here for a roster of OCP staff and responsibilities to help you find the person who can best help you. Please click here for bios of and contact information of the OCP staff.
Click here for a 2014 Montgomery Community Media interview with OCP director Bruce Adams.
Office of Community Partnerships Monthly Newsletter
Click here to see a copy of the most recent monthly newsletter of the Office of Community Partnerships. Please click here to subscribe to the OCP newsletter as well as the Volunteer Center's newsletter. Please click here to go to the archives for previous OCP newsletters. You can also subscribe to the Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity's newsletter here.
Montgomery Sister Cities
Montgomery Sister Cities helps connect our county with the countries of origin of our residents. By enriching our understanding of the cultures and economies of the home countries of our neighbors, we are helping to build America’s most welcoming community while positioning ourselves for success in the global marketplace of the twenty-first century.Through educational, cultural, and economic exchanges, we are building a stronger community here at home and preparing our youth to become global citizens of the twenty-first century. Please help us strengthen our partnerships with communities around the world by joining Montgomery Sister Cities. For more information or to join, please visit our website.
The Gilchrist Center is Montgomery County's Official Welcome Center for immigrants and newcomers and offers a variety of programs and services to the Montgomery County Community. For more information, visit the Gilchrist Center website.
Montgomery Serves Awards
Neal Potter Path of Achievement Awards recognize a lifetime of volunteer service by people age 60 and better. The Montgomery Serves Awards recognize volunteers of the year in four categories - youth, business, individual, and group. Click here for more information on the annual Montgomery Serves Awards nominations and celebration event.
Reserve a seat for the 2015 Montgomery Serves Awards event. Award winners, along with County Executive Ike Leggett's selection of the Roscoe Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award recipients will be honored on Monday April 27, 2015 at 6:30 PM at Imagination Stage in Bethesda. Registration is required for this FREE event - click here to register.
See photos and videos from the 2014 Montgomery Serves Awards at Imagination Stage. Hosted by County Executive Leggett, the evening was organized by the Montgomery County Volunteer Center and sponsored by the Fund for Montgomery. In addition to the Montgomery Serves Awards for extraordinary volunteerism during the last year and the Neal Potter Path of Achievement Awards for a life time of service, Mr. Leggett honored three residents with the Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Awards. A new award, the World of Montgomery Public Citizen, was a surprise addition to the event. Click here for 2014 honorees.
2014 World of Montgomery Festival
The Sixth Annual World of Montgomery Festival was attended by 7,500 at Westfield Wheaton on Sunday October 19. The annual celebration of multicultural Montgomery was produced by a partnership of the Montgomery County government, Fund for Montgomery, and KID Museum. The event featured food, entertainment, and crafts from around the world with an International Village featuring exhibits from the countries of Montgomery County's four Sister Cities -- China, India, El Salvador, and Ethiopia. View more photos.
Montgomery County Language Corps
Did you know that 1 in 7 county residents are considered Limited-English-Proficient (LEP) and there are over 2,500 residents on waitlists to enroll in English classes? You can help by using your linguistic skills. Join the Montgomery County Language Corp.
Executive Order Signing - LEP
Sustainable Community Food System Initiative
Montgomery County is perfectly positioned to create the nation's model sustainable community food system. We have the agricultural reserve. We have the necessary agricultural, entrepreneurial, environmental, and marketing talents in abundance. We have an immigrant workforce as yet largely untapped for agriculture. We have a huge market crying out for healthy, locally produced food. We are making progress on progressive policies like the farm incubator. All we need to do is to start working together toward a shared and larger vision.
On December 20, 2010, eighty-six stakeholders held a three hour community conversation at Montgomery County 's Agricultural History Farm Park where this work was begun. For further details about the meeting, check out the links below: