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. Click here for bios of and contact information of the OCP staff.
Click here for OCP Welcoming Framework
Click here for a 2014 Montgomery Community Media interview with OCP director Bruce Adams.
Our nonprofit partners serving Montgomery’s immigrant communities are getting lots of questions from worried residents, and they have been asking us for help. In December 2016, Cindy Kim of our Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center prepared a Community Guide to begin to answer questions and provide basic Know Your Rights information. On February 8, 2017, Office of Community Partnerships’ (OCP) liaisons Diane Vu and Nestor Alvarenga convened a meeting of stakeholders designed to provide guidance and make sure we were hearing all the important questions. On February 27, 2017, HHS Director Uma Ahluwalia convened a providers meeting to help develop a community preparedness response toolkit. From the questions we are hearing from the community and our discussions with stakeholders, Diane Vu has updated the Gilchrist Center’s December guide into a new document: “Immigration Information & Resources for Providers: Frequently Asked Questions.” Click here to see the new FAQ Guide in English. Click here to see FAQ Guide in Spanish
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 may also subscribe to the Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity's newsletter here .
The Charles W. Gilchrist Immigrant Resource 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 Immigrant Resource Center website where you will find links to "Community Guide for Immigrant residents of Montgomery County" as well as "Quick Start Guide for Immigrants in Montgomery County in multiple languages.
Our world is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis with millions of refugees and immigrants fleeing persecution and violence. People living with fear and anxiety are becoming defensive and assuming extremist positions. In response, the Faith Community Advisory Council has developed this do-it-yourself guide for faith communities in Montgomery County to Welcome Our New Neighbors. Here are ways people may connect with the heart of their faith, learn about the needs of their neighbors, and work with nonprofits and government agencies to make Montgomery County the most welcoming county in America.
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.
This annual event, brought to us by the Fund for Montgomery and its generous contributors, allows us to celebrate the servant leaders and community volunteers who make Montgomery County special. The Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award, our local version of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is presented by County Executive Leggett. The Neal Potter Path of Achievement Award recognizes a lifetime of volunteer service by people age 60 and better. The Montgomery Serves Award recognizes volunteers of the year in four categories - youth, business, individual, and group. Click here for more information on the annual Montgomery Serves Awards and the 2016 honorees.
The 2016 Montgomery Serves Awards event was held on Monday May 2, 2016 at Imagination Stage in Bethesda. Montgomery County’s annual Community Service Week will take place October 16- 23, 2016 . The next Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service will be held on Monday January 16, 2017 . For information about these events as well as opportunities to volunteer year-round in Montgomery County, please go to www.montgomeryserves.org .