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 County Executive will host a Joint Sister City and Economic Development trip to India Nov. 11 – 22. Deadline to register is August 15 and spots are limited. For more information, please visit the Montgomery Sister Cities Website.
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.
2014 Montgomery Serves Awards
On Monday, April 28, the Montgomery Serves Awards at Imagination Stage brought volunteers, community organizers and elected officials together to celebrate volunteerism and service. Hosted by County Executive Leggett, the evening was organized by the Montgomery County Volunteer Center and sponsored by the Fund for Montgomery. The Montgomery Serves Awards for extraordinary volunteerism last year and the Neal Potter Path of Achievement Awards for a life time of service were presented. 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.
More information about the awards event, volunteerism and service can be found at MontgomeryServes.org, the Montgomery County Volunteer Center website.
2013 World of Montgomery Festival
Explore the World In Your Backyard
Sunday, October 19, 2014, noon to 5 p.m
The World of Montgomery Festival at Westfield Montgomery on Sunday October 19 will celebrate the diverse cultural heritages which play an active role in the lives of Montgomery County residents and communities. The festival showcases this rich diversity through food, music, dance, traditional arts and hands-on projects for children and families
The World of Montgomery Festival held at Westfield Wheaton on Sunday October 20 to celebrate multicultural Montgomery was a great success! There was an International Village produced by the KID Museum featuring China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, and India with music and entertainment from across the globe. There were also international crafts from the Fenton Street Market and food from chefs around the world.
For more information, visit: http://www.worldofmontgomery.com
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: