Bulletin Board: Potomac
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Bulletin Board: Potomac

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Thursday-Sunday/April 18-21

Holy Week and Easter Services. St. James’ Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Road, Potomac. Visit stjamespotomac.org or call 301-762-8054.

  • Maundy Thursday – April 18, 7:30 p.m., Holy Eucharist and foot washing in the church.

  • Good Friday – April 19, noon to 3 p.m., Vigil (come and go as you are able at the vigil); 7:30 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy.

  • Easter Sunday – April 21: Services 8 and 10:30 a.m; children’s Easter Egg hunt after 10:30 service.

Monday/April 22

Career Gateway Program. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at JCA Headquarters, 12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville. Jewish Council for the Aging's Career Gateway Program can help those 50 and older hone their resume, polish networking and interviewing skills, use Internet job search resources more effectively, and turn age and experience into an advantage. Each session of the Career Gateway features 30 hours of small-group classroom instruction over five days (Session V - April 22, 24, 25, 29 and May 1), comprehensive take-home materials, practical exercises, and a long-term mentor. $75. Contact Jodie Rasch at 301-255-4215 or email jodie.rasch@accessjca.org.

April 22-May 23

Budget Forums. 7 p.m. Residents and groups are invited to provide input into the County’s next six-year capital construction budget by attending public forums that will be held in April and May by local citizen advisory boards. The forums will help define construction and planning priorities for the various regions in the County as officials develop the Fiscal Years 2021 to 2026 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) budget. Learn more at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/omb/openbudget.html and www.montgomerycountymd.gov/omb/publications.html

  • Silver Spring – Monday, April 22 at Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, 240-777-5307.

  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase – Tuesday, May 7 at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, 240-777-8200.

  • Upcounty – Tuesday, May 14 at BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, 240-777-8040.

  • Mid-County – Monday, May 20 at Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring, 240-777-8101 or 240-777-6820.

  • East County – Thursday, May 23 at East Montgomery Regional Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, 240-777-8414.

Wednesday/April 24

Kindergarten Orientation. Potomac Elementary School (7000 Radnor Road, Bethesda) is holding Kindergarten Orientation for children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept.1, 2019. Parents or guardians should notify the school at 240-740-4360 to receive enrollment information and to set up an appointment to participate in the orientation.

Maryland DOT/State Highway Administration Workshop. 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Eastern Middle School, 300 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring. MDOT and SHA will be taking the next steps in studying proposed alternatives for I-495 and I-270. Each workshop includes two identical presentations at which the MDOT SHA team will guide attendees through the displays, handouts and interactive and hard copy maps. The workshops also will provide an overview of where the proposed projects currently stand. Details on the history of the project and what will be discussed at the workshops are available at 495-270-p3.com/. Email the study team at 495-270-P3@sha.state.md.us.

Thursday/April 25

Public Forum: Transportation. 6:30 p.m. at the A. Mario Loiederman Middle School, 12701 Goodhill Road, Silver Spring. Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Transit Services will introduce a new a pilot program that includes Rockville, Glenmont and Wheaton service areas which will allow riders to request trips from a designated pick up and drop off location using an “app” on their mobile phones. Visit www.rideonbus.com for more.

Maryland DOT/State Highway Administration Workshop. 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Thomas Wootton High School, 2100 Wootton Parkway, Rockville. MDOT and SHA will be taking the next steps in studying proposed alternatives for I-495 and I-270. Each workshop includes two identical presentations at which the MDOT SHA team will guide attendees through the displays, handouts and interactive and hard copy maps. The workshops also will provide an overview of where the proposed projects currently stand. Details on the history of the project and what will be discussed at the workshops are available at 495-270-p3.com/. Email the study team at 495-270-P3@sha.state.md.us.

Potomac Community Village Monthly Meeting. 7-9 p.m. at Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road. Matt Logan, of the Montgomery County Historical Society, now known as "Montgomery History" and celebrating its 75th anniversary as the county's historical society, will talk about the ways in which Montgomery History has evolved over time, its plans for the future, and how it maintains its relevance to the residents of Montgomery County. Visit www.PotomacCommunityVillage.org or call 240-221-1370.

Saturday/April 27

Adoption and the Teen Years. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Mclean School, 8224 Lochinver Lane, Potomac. Are you a teen adoptee? Parenting an adopted teen? Working with teen adoptees and their families? Join “Adoption and the Teen Years: A Conference for Teens, Parents and Professionals.” Learn more about the developmental impact of adoption on adolescence from experts who’ve lived through the experience as parents and professionals. Engage with a panel of adoptees to hear unique perspectives on life in the teen years. Join break-out sessions to focus on important topics and build a community of support. Teens, $10; parents, $50; professionals $50-$60. Visit www.adoptionstogether.org/events/adoption-and-the-teen-years/ to register.

Tuesday/April 30

One Stop Fair Housing Shop. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring. The County’s Office of Human Rights will host the “One Stop Fair Housing Shop” seminar/workshop for the housing industry professionals, realtors, property managers, housing advocates, landlords, human service, housing providers, condominium and homeowner associations and others interested in housing issues to increase awareness of fair housing information. Free, but online registration requested. Visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/humanrights/.

Peace Groups Sponsor Writing Contest. All Maryland middle school students are invited to enter a statewide writing contest focusing on the themes of peace and social justice. The contest, which is sponsored by Anne Arundel Peace Action, the Maryland Peace Action Education Fund, the Benjamin Peace Foundation and the Peace and Justice Center of Annapolis Friends Meeting, is open to all 7th and 8th grade students enrolled in public or private schools in Maryland and to home-schooled students. Four cash prizes will be awarded: $350 for first place, $250 for second place, $150 for third place, and $100 for fourth place. To enter, students must submit an entry of up to 1,200 words on this topic: “The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees our most fundamental liberties, including prohibiting the government from restricting freedom of speech or the press, the free exercise of religion, the right to assemble peacefully, and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. However, these freedoms have been threatened throughout American history. Which one of these do you believe faces the greatest challenges at this time? Support your views with examples from current events. What actions do you suggest to protect the freedom you selected”? Entries must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet including the student’s name, address and phone number or e-mail address; school’s name, address and phone number; and the name of the teacher sponsor if applicable. Entries and accompanying materials must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2019 and mailed to Fred B. Benjamin Peace Writing Contest, 310 Riverview Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403-3328. For more information, call 410-263-7409 or e-mail mjkeller@att.net.

Saturday/May 11

“Grateful Shred” Party. 9 a.m.-noon at the Clara Barton Community Center (CBCC), 7425 MacArthur Blvd., Cabin John. Bring unwanted documents to the “Grateful Shred,” and watch Allshred’s massive shredder reduce papers to confetti, safe from fraud and identity theft. Admission is free, but for each of one-cubic-foot parcels of paper consider making a $5 tax-deductible donation to the Friends of Clara Barton Community Center. No need to cull out paper clips, staples, rubber bands, binder clips, labels, or folders. Don’t include newspaper, plastic floppy disks, CDs, or X-rays, 3-ring binders, trash, or cardboard (take home any boxes you bring your paper in). Call 240-777-4910 or visit www.friendscbcc.org.

Conference: Journey to Hope. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Conference Rooms 1 & 2 of Building A, 5215 Loughboro Road, NW, Washington D.C.. Sibley Memorial Hospital’s Senior Association will present its Journey to Hope conference and expo to assist those caring for people with Alzheimer’s and related disorders. Conference participants can learn tips to improve caregiver connections with the person suffering from memory and cognitive challenges while learning to take care of themselves. The event is free for Alzheimer’s caregivers. Visit go.activecalendar.com/SMHevents/event/4th-annual-journey-to-hope/.

Monday/May 13

Separation and Divorce: What Do I Need To Know? 7-8:30 p.m. at Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center, 14625 Bauer Drive, Rockville. Local attorneys walk through the "ins" and "outs" of going through a separation and divorce in Maryland. Learn about: methods of dispute resolution, when and where to file, types of divorce and grounds, financial statements, alimony, property and equitable distribution, role of the attorney, and domestic violence/orders of protection. $5. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/separation-and-divorce-what-do-i-need-to-know-tickets-54310289538.

Monday/June 10

Separation and Divorce: What Do I Need To Know? 7-8:30 p.m. at East County Community Recreation Center, 3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring. Local attorneys walk through the "ins" and "outs" of going through a separation and divorce in Maryland. Learn about: methods of dispute resolution, when and where to file, types of divorce and grounds, financial statements, alimony, property and equitable distribution, role of the attorney, and domestic violence/orders of protection. $5. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/separation-and-divorce-what-do-i-need-to-know-tickets-54310289538.

Tuesday/June 11

Career Gateway Program. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at JCA Headquarters, 12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville. Jewish Council for the Aging's Career Gateway Program can help those 50 and older hone their resume, polish networking and interviewing skills, use Internet job search resources more effectively, and turn age and experience into an advantage. Each session of the Career Gateway features 30 hours of small-group classroom instruction over five days (Session VI - June 11, 12, 14, 17 and 19), comprehensive take-home materials, practical exercises, and a long-term mentor. $75. Contact Jodie Rasch at 301-255-4215 or email jodie.rasch@accessjca.org.

Saturday/June 15

Caregiver Support Program. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building, downtown Silver Spring. Montgomery County's Caregiver Support Program is hosting interactive sessions designed for family/friend unpaid caregivers. Attend and learn how to maintain well-being through support, community connections and education programs. Free. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/care-for-the-caregiver-event-registration-57422198341.

Crisis Prevention Services

EveryMind Crisis Prevention and Intervention specialists are available by phone, text and chat every hour of every day. The community can also look to EveryMind for mental health professionals who are prepared to talk about warning signs and ways anyone can help to prevent suicide from ending lives far too soon. EveryMind is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Visit Every-Mind.org. More resources include:

  • Call or Text Montgomery County Hotline: 301-738-2255

  • Chat: Crisis Prevention Chat: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/

  • Call: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

  • www.every-mind.org/services/crisis/

  • www.every-mind.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Talking-to-Kids-about-Suicide.pdf

  • suicidepreventionlifeline.org

  • www.suicidology.org

Support Groups

Cancer Support Groups. Held at Hope Connections for Cancer Support, Beaumont House at FASEB, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Free. Weekly support groups for people with all types of cancer, caregivers, people with advanced cancer and a bereavement group. An ovarian/gyn support group and group for young adults with cancer are offered twice a month, as are monthly groups for people with breast cancer, bladder cancer, blood cancers, and gastro-intestinal cancers.Orientation sessions are held every Monday at 11 a.m. and the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in Bethesda. RSVP at 301-634-7500 or info@hopeconnectionsforcancer.org.

The Alzheimer's Association's Memory Cafes offer a fun and relaxed way for people living with early-stage memory loss to get connected with one another through social events that promote interaction and companionship. The memory cafe in Rockville (4860 Boiling Brook Parkway) operates the third Wednesday of each month from 2:30-4 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Contact Lindsey Vajpeyi at 240-428-1342 or lvajpeyi@alz.org.

Suicide Grief Support Group. At JSSA, 6123 Montrose Road, Rockville. This ongoing bereavement support group is for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. This group meets every first and third Monday. No charge. Pre-registration is required to attend. Call 301-816-2708.

Because I Love You is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting parents of troubled children of any age. The group helps parents deal with drugs, runaways, truancy, verbal abuse, physical abuse, curfew violations and other misbehavior, as well as help parents deal with themselves, to manage and live their own lives without obsessing over their child's behavior. The group meets 7:30-9:30 every Thursday at Bethesda United Methodist Church Room 209, 8300 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Visit www.becauseiloveyou.org, email hbrite1@netzero.com or call 301-530-3597.

Adult Bereavement Groups. Dates and times vary depending on group members. Hospice Care, 518 S. Fredrick Ave., Gaithersburg. Peer driven support groups in those in need of support. Free. Contact Penny Gladhill at 301-990-8904, or Pennyg@hospicecaring.org.

Ongoing

24/7 Homeless Information Line. Montgomery County’s Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with EveryMind, has launched a 24/7 Homeless Information Line, with trained specialists to provide information on County homeless services and shelter resources. Callers can also provide information about the location of individuals in the community experiencing homelessness. The reports will be forwarded to community outreach partners who will attempt to locate the individual and offer support and resources. The information line number is 240-907-2688. Visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/homelessness for more.

Senior SmarTrip Card. There is a SmarTrip card, for those 65 and older, that may be used to ride Metrorail at senior fares, ride free on Ride On buses and some Metrobuses in Montgomery County Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. or half fare at all other times. The cost of the Senior SmarTrip card is $2. There is no value on the card at the time of purchase. Visit any library in Montgomery County, the Silver Spring TRiPS Store, the Mobile Commuter Store, or the Montgomery County Treasury Office and bring proof of age (state ID, birth certificate or passport). For more information, call 311.

Seeking Applicants. Rebuilding Together Montgomery County is looking to increase their service to the veteran community and all Veterans or spouses if Veteran spouse has died who meet our income limits are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted year round. The application is at rebuildingtogethermc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FY18-Homeowner-Application.pdf. Income requirements are listed on the first page.

Tally Ho Toastmaster's Club. 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road. Become a confident public speaker and strong leader with Tally Ho Toastmasters. First and third Mondays each month.

SUPPORT. Two county services can help residents find out more about services for seniors and individuals with disabilities. The Aging & Disability Resource Unit (ADRU), part of the Department of Health and Human Services, provides assistance, referrals to services and specific information to seniors, individuals with disabilities and caregivers by telephone and in-person. The Connect-A-Ride program provides information and referral for older adults and adults with disabilities about transportation options; including public, private and volunteer transportation services. In addition, the program assists callers with applications for programs such as the Escorted Transportation Program, Call-n-Ride and Metro Access. Language interpretation is available for both services. The Aging & Disability Resource Unit is open Monday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call the ADRU at 240-777-3000. The Connect-a-Ride program, funded by Montgomery County and operated by the Jewish Council for the Aging, is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Connect-a-Ride at 301-738-3252.

The Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC) has launched a new online training program for common ownership community board members. Visit www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/CCOC-Training.

Master Gardener Plant Clinics. Montgomery County Master Gardeners are available to answer gardening questions at walk-in plant clinics. Bring plant and insect samples, garden problems and questions. Drop off plant and insect samples, Monday-Friday, year-round, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 18410 Muncaster Road, lower level, Ballard Phone Room.

English Classes. The Literacy Council of Montgomery County is offering free day and evening English classes (beginning, intermediate and advanced levels) to adult county residents at several locations. Prospective students must attend a 3 1/2 hour orientation in Rockville. The Literacy Council is always looking for volunteers to help in a variety of ways. For more information email info@literacycouncilmd.org or call 301-610-0030.

Shades of Green Program. The Montgomery County Planning Department is offering free trees to qualifying property owners in certain urban districts of Montgomery County. Qualifying property owners are invited to participate in the program by filling out a form at www.montgomeryplanning.org/shadesofgreen.

Catholic Bible Study. Monday evenings and Wednesday mornings at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 9222 Kentsdale Drive, Potomac. The local chapter of “Walking With Purpose” invites women to personal study, small group discussion and speakers designed to link everyday challenges with biblical teaching. Childcare available. Visit walkingwithpurpose.com or email wwp.olom.details@gmail.com for more.

Youth Basketball Registration. Montgomery County Recreation is now accepting team and individual registrations for youth basketball leagues and programs for all skill levels. Call 240-777-6870 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec for more.

Career Gateway Program. Learn how to write a resume, polish networking, interviewing skills and use internet job search resources more effectively. Each session of the Career Gateway features 30 hours of small group classroom instruction over five days, comprehensive take home materials, practical exercises and a long-term mentors. Cost is $75. Call 301-255-4215 or egreenberg@AccessJCA.org for more.

The county's Department of Permitting Services (DPS) is conducting a "sign sweep" to get rid of signs posted illegally in county right-of-ways. DPS plans to have regular sweeps throughout the year. Call 311 to report signs in the public right-of-way for removal.

Victims of graffiti should file a report with Montgomery County Police by calling 301-279-8000. Make sure to take a photo of the graffiti. Property owners are responsible for removing graffiti on their property. Visit graffitifree.org/contact.html.

Find information for home care, housing, transportation, or senior lifestyle issues by calling the Senior HelpLine at 301-255-4200. This free service, offered by the Jewish Council for the Aging, and open to everyone, provides expert referrals to more than 4,000 resources in the area.

County residents can drop off bulky rigid plastic items such as laundry baskets, kiddie pools, chairs, trash cans and pet carriers at the Shady Grove Solid Waste Processing Facility and Transfer Station. All items should be empty, rinsed and free of loose dirt, soil, etc.

Connect-A-Ride offers low-priced transportation to medical appointments, pharmacies, grocery stores and more for low-income, disabled residents 50 and over. Contact the Jewish Council for the Aging at 301-738-3252.

Alzheimer's Association support groups provide a place for people with Alzheimer's, their caregivers, family members, and/or friends to share information, caregiving tips and concerns throughout the Alzheimer's journey. Groups are facilitated by trained group leaders and are ongoing, free and open to the community. Call the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900 before attending a group for the first time to verify meeting information. Visit www.alz.org/nca.

Zumba at Village Yoga. A Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party. Classes held on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 11:30 a.m., and Sundays at 5:15 p.m. at 10154 River Road. Call 301-299-1948 or visit www.villageyogayogi.com.

Beginner’s Yoga Classes at Village Yoga as well as Beginner’s Gentle Flow class throughout the week. 10154 River Road. Call 301-299-1948 or visit www.villageyogayogi.com.

Members Wanted. The Potomac Area Newcomers Club is a group of more than 200 women who have moved to the Potomac area. The club offers bridge, mah jong, book groups, golf, luncheons and museum trips as a way to help newcomers and current residents form new friendships, expand horizons and take advantage of opportunities in the area. Visit www.potomacnewcomers.com

Free Parent-Child Playgroup. Every Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Har Shalom Early Childhood Education Center. Meet new friends as you and your child play with age appropriate toys. Call 301-299-7087.

Montgomery County Master Gardeners are seeking applicants for their upcoming training class. Class size is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To be placed on the application list, or for more information, call 301-590-2836.

Volunteer Opportunities

Delivers meals to house-bound seniors, convalescents and persons with disabilities. It receives minimum government funding and relies instead on contributions. Donations are needed to help with unmet meals costs for clients who cannot afford to pay. If you can help, send a check to Rockville Meals on Wheels at P.O. Box 465, Rockville, MD 20848-0465 or visit the website to contribute through Pay Pal at www.rockvillemealsonwheels.org. For more information, call 301-340-1559, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - noon.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind - Montgomery Region is looking for volunteers to foster and train future guide dogs. Volunteers will foster a specially bred guide dog for 14 months, attend bi-monthly training classes, and teach the pup house manners, people skills and socialization within the community. Dog crates, training equipment and monthly medications are provided. Contact Margie Coccodrilli at 301-869-2216 or gebraiser@comcast.net or visit www.guidingeyes-md.org.

Volunteers are needed to assist sexual assault, domestic violence victims, and their families through the Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP) of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. Interviews are currently being conducted for a December 2016 training session. 240-777-1355 or www.montgomerycountymd.gov/vasap.

Help C&O Canal National Historical Park visitors enjoy the towpath safely by offering information, maps, first aid, and field bicycle repairs, then the Bike Patrol is for you. The Park provides training and uniform vests, volunteers provide their own bikes and helmets. Flexible hours and locations. Visit www.chohvip.org for more.

Friends of Clara Barton Community Center is looking for volunteers to serve on its board and to volunteer at events. FCBCC assists the community center staff in designing and implementing the center's programs, promotes the community center's role as a meeting place for teens, adults and senior citizens in the local community, supplements the community center's budget through community-wide fundraising and promotes community-wide awareness of and participation in the center's educational, recreational and social programs. Call FCBCC at 240-777-4910.

Work with Victims of Sexual Assault. Volunteers are needed to assist sexual assault victims and their families through the Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program (VASAP) of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. Interviews are currently being conducted for a spring 2016 training session. Volunteers provide 24-hour crisis counseling and companion services at Montgomery County hospitals and police stations for victims of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Bi-lingual volunteers are encouraged to apply. All potential volunteers must attend a training program. Call the Montgomery County Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program at 240-777-1355 or go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/vasap.

Potomac Community Village is seeking volunteer drivers to take Potomac seniors to doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, social activities and other life-enriching engagements. Potomac Community Village’s volunteer drivers use their personal vehicles, receive training, get free supplemental auto insurance coverage, and don’t need to live in Potomac or be PCV members. Flexible volunteer scheduling. Contact Jill Phillips at 703-424-0494 or jill.phillips@ymail.com.

Volunteer services provided by PCV also include assistance with electronic devices, friendly phone calls and visits, occasional pet care and simple household repairs. Potomac Community Village also offers social, educational and wellness activities, enabling members to remain contributing members of the community. Membership is open to those who live in the 20854 zip code, with Associate Membership available for those who live elsewhere but wish to participate in social, educational and wellness programs. For more information about PCV, if you need transportation or other assistance, or want to volunteer to provide services other than driving, contact info@PotomacCommunityVillage.org or 240-221-1370, or see www.PotomacCommunityVillage.org, or www.facebook.com/PotomacCommunityVillage.

Help clean up the C&O Canal for Spring. As the warm weather approaches, the C&O Canal Trust is hitting the towpath for some spring cleaning and they need help. Clear debris, paint shelters, exhibits, and benches, help maintain trails, and more. Gather family and friends and come help out. Choose from one of three Canal Pride events and sign up at canaltrust.org/trust/index.php?page=c-o-canal-pride-days.

Montgomery County Volunteer Center. 12900 Middlebrook Road, #1600, Germantown. The volunteer center is in need of volunteers to help villages grow into organizations. Training and individual assistance will be provided. Email the Volunteer Center’s pro bono consultant program or visit www.montgomeryserves.org/volunteers/pro-bono-consulting-program.

Parks need support from the surrounding communities for volunteers to work at many visitor centers. Volunteers are needed to help visitors, take phone calls, operate the cash register and keep small gift shop stocked, and assist with special events and programming. Hours are flexible and each volunteer will receive an orientation to the Visitor Center and visitor services. Volunteers are needed at Cumberland, Hancock, Williamsport, Ferry Hill, Brunswick, Lander Lockhouse, Great Falls, and Georgetown. For locations between Cumberland and Lander, contact Emily Hewitt at 301-714-2219. For Great Falls or Georgetown, contact Becca Jameson at 301-767-3709 or rebecca_jameson@nps.gov.

The Bethesda Urban Partnership is looking for volunteers to help assist with various local festivals including Taste of Bethesda in Oct. E-mail info@bethesda.org. BUP is a non-profit organization that handles landscaping and maintenance as well as promotion of the downtown through innovative marketing campaigns and large-scale events to foster an environment in which downtown Bethesda can thrive and prosper. Call 301-215-6660, or email info@bethesda.org.

CANTER-Mid Atlantic to open a racehorse rehabilitation program with donations from Delaware Park and the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association earmarked to serve Delaware Park trainers and owners. To find an ex-race horse, volunteer, or make a donation, visit www.canterusa.org/midatlantic.

The C&O Canal National Historical Park is seeking volunteers to participate in its Volunteer Bike Patrol program. Members patrol the canal on bicycle and offer information to visitors, report hazards, and serve as resource protection stewards. The park is also in need of boat crew volunteers to assist in the operation of the replica canal boat at Great Falls Tavern. Volunteers must be physically able to carry out strenuous activity in sometimes adverse weather conditions. Call Emily Hewitt at 301-714-2219.

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to assist its blood collections staff at blood drives and blood donor centers. Call the American Red Cross Volunteer Office at 1-800-272-0094, ext. 1, or e-mail karlofft@usa.redcross.org for more.