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Alternative Spring Break Trip for 2012 

Sunday, March 11 to Saturday, March 17

Are you . . .

  • Interested in a “hands on” experience?
  • Wanting to explore a different part of the country?
  • Ready to give back to the community?
  • A “team” player?

The Montgomery College Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip could be the spring break that you want to have!

Habitat for Humanity Bay – Waveland Area is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International and was created to respond to the devastation that resulted from Hurricane Katrina.  Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.  Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.  They have built more than 225,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.

This will be MC’s fourth trip to the Gulf Coast volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.  The total student cost of the trip is $250 and there may be opportunities for scholarships and student fund raising.

To receive full consideration participants must:

  • Have and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA (as a currently enrolled MC student).
  • Be free of any MC-G campus disciplinary actions and demonstrate a willingness to abide by the MC Student Code of Conduct and all ASB rules.
  • Complete all portions of the application.
  • Submit the completed application packet to the Germantown Student Life Office, including a   $50 refundable deposit, no later than Wednesday, November 30, 2011. 
  • Finalists for the ASB trip must complete an interview to be arranged by the Office of Student Life sometime before December 9, 2011.

The ASB application packet is available from the Office of Student Life, Germantown Campus , SA 186, 240-567-7840. Email

For more additional information contact:
Jane Ssemanda
Rockville Campus Volunteer and Service Programs Coordinator

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Coat Drive


Montgomery College Refugee Center in Takoma Park needs winter wear: coats, gloves, scarves for men, women and children.  For more info on the refugee center: Refugee Center

The collection box is set up in the first floor lobby of Goldenrod. If you have donations and can’t make it over, let me know and I will collect them.

If you know of any student in need, please contact:  



Mary Philbin
Montgomery College  InTech
240-567-7834 (Mon, Tues, & Fri)
240-567-1861 (Wed & Thurs)
Fax: 240-567-1901 


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Coupons for Soldiers

The Montgomery College collecting manufacturer’s coupons through May 2012 for military families who can use (expired or not) these coupons at the Commissary (grocery) and PX/BX (department store) on military bases throughout the world.   Yes, expired manufacturers coupons, up to SIX MONTHS past expiration date, can be used by military families!  So, save those newspaper coupon circulars!  Don’t toss them in the recycle bin.  Bring them to the Coupon Box in Student Life, ST 218 or other collection locations, or mail to MC TP/SS Student Senate, 7600 Takoma Ave., ST 218, Takoma Park, MD 20912.    For more information contact or 240.567.1590

Coupons for Soliders Fact Sheet & Wish List (PDF)


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The House of Ruth, Maryland

Mission Statement: The House of Ruth Maryland leads the fight to end violence against women and their children by confronting the attitudes, behaviors, and systems that perpetuate it, and by providing victims with the services necessary to rebuild their lives safely and free of fear. Our vision is that one day; every woman in Maryland will be safe in her own home.

GTU and the Geography Club will be collecting items from their much needed supplies list in the Technical Center, Rockville- Room TC218 now through January 15, 2012.  Our club will deliver the items the following week.

Wish List for Winter 2012:

  • Women’s hair brushes 
  • Tweezers and nail clippers 
  • New Children’s Coats (especially for boys size 10 and up) 
  • Infant and Toddler Sleepwear (new) 
  • Pampers sizes 4, 5 and 6, Pull-ups sizes 4T, 5T and 6T, and Baby wipes 
  • New socks and undergarments for women and children (all sizes) 
  • Gift Certificates: Wal-Mart, Target, Safeway, Giant, etc. 
  • Laundry baskets 
  • Bed Pillows, Twin size sheets, blankets, comforters 
  • Bath towels and washcloths
  • Vacuum cleaners 
  • Toothpaste (3oz and 4oz tubes), toothbrushes 
  • Umbrellas 
  • Spiral bound notebooks
  • Book bags
  • New night Shirts and PJ's (all sizes)
  • Sanitary Products (Pads and Tampons), Deodorant, Bar Soap
  • Toilet paper, Cleaning supplies, Laundry Detergent
  • Plastic storage containers with lids - small, medium and large sizes
  • Baby formula, baby food (stages 2 and 3), baby snacks, baby lotion, baby cornstarch powder
  • Baby bottles, pacifiers, baby lotion, aspirators, thermometers

Italicized items are urgently needed.

Thank you for helping us support Maryland’s House of Ruth! 

Please feel free to contact Karen DeLong phone: 240-567-8079 or with any questions you may have.


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MC TP/SS Campus Collection Drive

The Montgomery College TP/SS Campus is hosting collection drives for the wish lists of several local organizations during Montgomery County Community Service Week, October 17-22 and beyond!   Each day of that week, one of the organizations will be highlighted and a representative will be on campus in the Atrium, ST Bldg.  The collection of items will continue until Nov. 18, 2011; warm outerwear until Dec. 21, 2011; and coupons collected until June 2012.  Donation boxes are in the Atrium and other locations. You can help make a difference by bringing items for these organizations.

Flyer with List of Needed Items (PDF)


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The Refugee Center of Montgomery County

Who are they? The Montgomery County Refugee Center provides the refugee community with a free quality education with classes.  Refugee and Asylees come to the United States, “because they have a well-founded fear of persecution” in their own countries. The United States government lets them come to America where they are legal. The majority of Refugees and Asylees come with only the clothes on their backs. Most are from warm weather countries such as the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

What can you do?  Work in collaboration with the MC TP/SS campus Service Learning office in collecting or donating cold weather outerwear (coats, jackets, gloves, hats, etc.) for adults and children. You may want to start a collection drive in your own community. Clean out your closet and donate your clean, gently worn items at a collection bin on campus. For further details, please contact Dr. Lucy Vitaliti at or call 240-567-1527 or contact Isa Martinez at or call 240-567-3992.

Refugee Center Fact Sheet & Wish List (PDF)


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Here is an even BETTER option for donating a special something for the military dogs.
(There are too many issues with previous mailing so advise you look into this easier option.)
To find out more information about how to help, go to:, or contact Lucy Vitaliti 


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Salvation Army Angel Program

The Auxiliary Services Office is taking a break from coordinating the Salvation Army Angel Program this year. We hope that you understand and we look forward to working with you next year.  However, for those of you who would still like to participate with this project, please contact contact the: Salvation Army / 20120 Century Blvd / Germantown, MD / 301-515-5354 / Attn: Ms. Latisha Boyd.


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Shepherd’s Table

Volunteers are needed to serve dinner meal, sort for the Clothes Closet, drive for food pick up, do clerical work within the Resource Center, assist with the functioning of the Eye Clinic and/or be an on call volunteer.  We invite you to follow the example of the hundreds of volunteers who share so generously in so many ways. Simply give us a call 301-585-6463 or e-mail Thierry Musel ( ) or Haile ( So many people are hungry. Please join us! Make a life giving difference.

Shepherd's Table Fact Sheet (PDF)

Shepherd's Table Wish List (PDF)


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Smart Sacks

A program of the Manna Food Center

There are many opportunities for you to volunteer your time and talent to help us fight hunger and feed hope in our community. To learn more about group or individual opportunities, please contact the Manna Food Center at 301-424-1130. On the Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, we package food for Smart Sacks EVERY Wed. at 1:30 in P4,  in the Blue Box Theater.  Donations are always welcomed.  You will find the Manna Smart Sacks wish list at this web site:

You can coordinate a collection in your own community, and donate needed items. For more information, please contact Dr Lucy Vitaliti at or call 240-567-1527 or contact Isa Martinez at or call 240-567-3992.

Smart Sacks Fact Sheet & Wish List (PDF)


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A Wider Circle

You can donate needed items, coordinate a collection drive, or come up with other ideas for yourself or a group.  Please contact us about this!  Items needed for donation: furniture (including beds, cribs, dressers), bar soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, lotion, wet wipes, deodorant, toilet paper, and washcloths. You can reach us with questions or to schedule a volunteer activity at or phone 301-608-3504.   Questions about donating furniture?  Email

Fact Sheet & Wish List (PDF)


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The Pantry

The Pantry is always open.  It provides a place for the sharing of foodstuffs, made available from the Montgomery College community to the Montgomery College community.

Please give what you can…

The Pantry is continually in need of Non-Perishable Foods That Can be Eaten at Home, including

  • Canned and jarred goods, such as beans, vegetables, fruits, soups, meats, fish
  • Rice, spaghetti, pasta
  • Dried goods, such as beans, peas, soup mixes
  • Sauces, canned, jarred, and packaged
  • Packaged (non-refrigerated) milk and soymilk
  • Dried milk, dried eggs
  • Peanut butter, jams, jellies
  • Packaged dinner mixes, soup mixes
  • Cooking oil
  • Flour, sugar, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs
  • Packaged mixes for baking, pancakes
  • Crackers, cereals
  • Coffee, tea
  • Bottled and canned beverages
  • Healthy snacks, such as dried fruits and nuts
  • Condiments, such as catsup, mustard


…Please give what you can.

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Clinton Global Initiative

Next spring, GW is hosting the Clinton Global Initiative University, an opportunity for students from all over the world to learn how to take action on social issues that they care about.

This is a FREE and LOCAL opportunity that would be simply fantastic for Montgomery College students. 

Apply to be a part of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) March 30-April 1, 2012

Location: The George Washington University, Washington, DC

Cost: Free (lodging is not provided)
Application Deadline: January 17th (December 5th if requesting travel assistance)

CGI U engages the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, national youth organizations, topic experts, and celebrities discuss solutions to pressing global issues. At this meeting, nearly 1,200 attendees will come together to make a difference in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

Visit to register for the event.


For more information please contact:

Jane Ssemanda

Volunteer and Service Programs Coordinator


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Service Learning Opportunities

The Menare Foundation Inc. Volunteer Opportunities 

Location: 16820 Black Rock Road, Germantown, MD 20874

Positions are suited for adults seeking ongoing long-term volunteer opportunities or interns anticipating 5 to 10 hours weekly for 2-6 months in length.

Historical Research

Position involves conducting historical research, collecting oral histories, creating educational tools to supplement our programs, and expanding our understanding of 19th century plantation life and its lasting impact on our community.

Administrative Assistant

Candidate will work from our Bethesda or Germantown offices. General office, filing, mailings, computer, database work. Those with office and organizational skills highly desired.

Social Media & Website Development

Seeking intern with web development skills. Will be responsible for basic updating, adding and expanding content on Wordpress and Facebook pages. Will set up web-based donation system. Generate email newsletter. General trouble-shooting.


Seeking interns interested or experienced in landscaping, gardening, and farming skills. Will help run weekly operations of living history center. Must enjoy working outdoors in a relaxed but physical environment. Must work well with youth and adults of all ages.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Intern

Intern to help us plan, organize and launch a CSA to grow and distribute heirloom vegetables, herbs and pick-your-own flowers on a 40-acre working farm. Intern will help with weekly operations, community outreach and farmer’s market. Intern should be creative, organized and outgoing.


Intern with basic or advanced knowledge of carpentry, restoration and/or construction techniques desired to help restore house, shed and barns on 40-acre living history center farm site. Those with painting, plumbing and electrical skills also desired.

Film Production

Intern needed for small film projects. Should have experience or interest in one or more of the following positions- cinematography, editing, storyboarding, scriptwriting, PA, grip, sound, lighting or any production position. Intern should be currently enrolled as a film/video major or minor or have professional experience.

For more information contact: The Menare Foundation, Inc at 202.903.4140 or

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area

Location: Montgomery County Programs, 16 South Summit Av. Suite 200, Gaithersburg MD 20877

Duties/Responsibilities: Duties include assisting staff with day-to-day activities within a governmental department. Students or recent graduates will perform basic office duties as well as activities that include the application of higher-level skills acquired through academic training or experience. Duties may include one or more of the following: Provide administrative and clerical support; provide staff support in creating and gathering material for advertising, collaborations, annual reports, TV, radio, newsletters/brochures, classifieds, displays/signs/posters, presentations, direct mail, special events, etc. Assist the department with organizing and summarizing current data and casework. Conduct research and analysis for special assignments or projects and update and/or create resource materials.

Educational Requirements: This position is best suited for students or recent graduates, majoring in or having a strong interest in Education, Not-for-Profit management, Business, Public Administration, Public Affairs, Social Sciences, Communications, Public Relations or related fields.

Skills, Training or Qualifications: Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to organize information using various resources and prepare reports and other correspondence; experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel; ability to exercise care and sensitivity in completing projects; ability to organize and prioritize various projects and meet deadlines; ability to work with little supervision in a fast-paced environment. Web, IT, or database skills are a plus+. Professional appearance and business attire required. We are seeking reliable, outgoing and professionally dedicated candidates. Ability to speak other languages would be very useful.

Time Commitment: Minimum 10 - 15 hours per week for 3 months. Hours must be scheduled during regular business hours (Monday through Friday between 9.30 a.m. and 6 p.m.). Interns willing to schedule additional hours or commit to a longer duration generally gain a more in-depth experience.

Benefits Available to Intern: Although this is a paid internship, students and recent graduates are offered an excellent opportunity to:

Build resumes/work history and explore career options

Apply skills and knowledge acquired in an academic setting to the workplace.  Fulfill college/university internship requirements.  Network with professionals in their fields of interest.   

For more information contact: John Sanchez at 301-330-0436 or


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