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Montgomery County Community Action Agency

1401 Rockville Pike, 3rd Floor, Rockville, MD


  • VITA: Free tax assistance is available for eligible Montgomery County residents for 2018, 2019, and 2020 taxes, as well as amended tax returns.  In-person tax appointments are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Virtual appointments are available on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Please call 240-777-1123 to schedule and visit the CASHBACK website for the latest information.  
  • TESS: The Takoma-East Silver Spring (TESS) Community Action Center is now open. Community members will receive a brief triage to assess their needs during walk-in hours Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 - 11 am. Appointments are available on these days from 1 - 3 pm. On Fridays, the Center will be open for walk-ins from 9 - 11 am only. The Center will be closed on Mondays. In addition to these in-person hours, staff will continue to serve community members remotely. Please call 240-773-8260 for more information.  
  • Head Start: Parents and guardians may register online for the 2021 - 2022 school year and begin the process by completing a registration survey.  If you are unable to complete the application online, parents and guardians may come to Rocking Horse Road Center, 4910 Macon Road, Rockville, between 9 am and 3 pm.  Families may pick up an application packet or drop off paperwork to complete their application.  Please call 240-740-4530 for assistance and more information. 
For the latest information about COVID-19 in Montgomery County, please visit the County's official COVID-19 website


Community Action Month

To celebrate Community Action Month in May 2021, the Montgomery County CAA developed several projects to honor our volunteers, partners, and Community Advocacy Institute graduates virtually. Please follow the links below to learn more.

Honoring CAA Volunteers

The agency's dedicated VITA and TESS volunteers ensure that these programs continue to meet the needs of the community.  The following videos and presentations were created to honor our amazing volunteers.

Community Advocacy Institute Virtual Graduation

The Community Advocacy Institute (CAI) is an eight-month advocacy training program for lower-income County residents.  Participants attend monthly workshops on a wide variety of topics, including working with elected officials, storytelling, research, key community advocacy issues, and how to develop testimony and letters of support.  Participants also complete an advocacy project - testifying before County Council or submitting written testimony.

Due to the pandemic, this year's CAI was conducted entirely online.  18 participants  successfully completed the program this year.  Graduates will join the 66 members of the CAI alumni group who graduated from the first four years of the program.  

A virtual graduation ceremony was held on May 25 to honor this year's graduates.  The program included remarks from County Executive Marc Elirch, State Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins, County Council Vice President Gabe Albornoz, Councilmember Sidney Katz, DHHS Director Dr. Raymond Crowel, and members of the Community Action Board.  

Celebrating CAA Partners

The Community Action Agency oversees more than 50 contracts at 30+ nonprofit organizations in Montgomery County.  A special virtual program was held on May 20 to recognize the incredible work of our partners throughout the year.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Montgomery County Community Action Agency is to advance social and economic mobility among communities and neighbors through services, partnerships, and advocacy using an equity lens.
*Approved by the Community Action Board on September 22, 2020

The CAA, the County’s federally-designated anti-poverty agency, is part of Montgomery’s County Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Community Affairs, and a member of the
National Community Action Partnership and the Maryland Community Action Partnership.


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