November 2, 2012

NOTEWORTHY NOTES

Second Annual Homeless Resource Day

County residents experiencing homelessness are invited to participate in the second annual Homeless Resource Day on Thursday, November 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Bohrer Park Activity Center, 506 South Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg

Sponsored by Montgomery County and the City of Gaithersburg, the event will offer a wide range of resources for homeless residents.  More than 30 organizations will provide information and resources for individuals and families such as free medical screening, legal services, financial counseling, employment services, tax assistance, substance abuse and mental health counseling, and social services.
        
Free transportation will be provided from seven locations throughout the County.  Registration is not required and the event is free. 

Volunteers are needed to assist in a variety of roles.  For more information or to register as a volunteer, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HRD or call Gloria Huggins at 240-777-4565.

Recreation Department Winter Coat Drive

Montgomery County Recreation is collecting coats to support the Montgomery County Government/City of Gaithersburg Homeless Resource Day.  Interfaith Works, which provides shelter, clothing and food to community members in need, is coordinating the coat drive. There is a lesser need for children’s coats, but they will also be accepted.

Gently used winter coats can be dropped off at the following Recreation facilities through November 8:

  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Blvd., N. Bethesda;
  • Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton;
  • Jane Lawton Community Recreation Center, 4301 Willow La., Chevy Chase;
  • Long Branch Community Recreation Center/Senior Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd., Silver Spring;
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Swim Center, 1201 Jackson Rd., Silver Spring;
  • Olney Indoor Swim Center, 16605 Georgia Ave., Olney;
  • Potomac Community Recreation Center, 11315 Falls Rd., Potomac;
  • Upper County Community Recreation Center, 8201 Emory Grove Rd., Gaithersburg; and
  • Wisconsin Place Community Recreation Center, 5311 Friendship Blvd., Chevy Chase.
For more information about the Interfaith Works Coat Drive, call Christine Hong, 240-498-7727. 

For information about the Recreation Department donation sites, call Judy Stiles at 240-777-6875.  For information about the second annual Homeless Resource Day, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HRD.

Free Presentation for Public about Affordable Care Act

The public is invited to a free discussion on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Monday, November 12, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the Silver Spring Civic Building in Downtown Silver Spring. 
           
The Department of Health and Human Services’ director, Uma
Ahluwalia, will present an overview of the ACA and how it will impact Montgomery County and Maryland. A question-and-answer period will follow.

Among the questions that will be addressed are: What additional changes are authorized by the ACA?  How is Maryland preparing for ACA implementation?  What impact will the ACA have within Montgomery County?

For more information, contact Dourakine Rosarian at 240-777-4397. To request sign
 language interpreter services or other assistance to participate in this meeting, call
Shantee Jackson at 240-777-1058 (voice), 240-777-1295 (TTY) or email
shantee.jackson@montgomerycountymd.gov  by November 8.

Help Seniors Help Themselves

The Senior Connection of Montgomery County, Inc. links older adults to services and resources so they can live as independently as possible while remaining integral members of their community.
Volunteers can help by:


  • Escorting an individual or couple to the store; assisting them with reading labels, reaching items from the shelf, delivering them home and helping put them away; or
  •  Shopping for someone who may not be able to go to the store.

Senior Connection volunteers are matched with a senior for regularly scheduled grocery shopping assistance and find that fitting in a weekly or bimonthly grocery shopping trip can be accomplished even with a full time job. 

To learn more and/or to download an application, visit www.seniorconnectionmc.org or contact Marcia Custer at 301-962-0820, ext.14 or email marcia.custer@seniorconnectionmc.org.

Consumer Protection Wants You to Know about…the County’s Domestic Worker Law 

Do you have a nanny…a housekeeper… or a companion for a sick or elderly family member?  If you answered “yes,” Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) wants to remind you of the County’s Domestic Worker Law.    

If you employ someone as a nanny, housekeeper, cook or a companion, you may be required to offer that individual a written employment contract and abide by state wage and workers’ compensation laws.  Failure to comply with the county’s law may result in a civil penalty of $1,000 for each violation.  The Domestic Worker Law applies if the worker:
  •  works primarily in a Montgomery County residence
  •  works at least 20 hours per week for at least a 30 day period
  •  performs primarily childcare, housekeeping, cooking, cleaning or laundry-type work
  •  works as a companion to a sick, convalescing, disabled, or elderly individual
  • has an employer that is an individual or an employment agency

To learn more about the Domestic Worker Law, contact OCP at 240-777-3636 or visit  http://bit.ly/Domestic_Worker_Law for additional resources. 

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