What's happening at IMPACT? Women in Long Branch Build Relationships and Develop Greater Economic Capacity The Long Branch Entrepreneurial Sewing Circle Brings Women Together for Positive Change What began as a women's support group of eight women in the Long Branch neighborhood of Silver Spring has evolved into a formal three month entrepreneurial sewing circle. The members provide mutual support for one another and receive sewing training and technical assistance as they develop their own home businesses. As their relationships with one another deepen, they are able to explore opportunities to leverage their emerging skills in order to generate income and build wider personal and professional networks in the community. So far, they successfully conducted one paid three hour evening course for Silver Spring residents and opened a regular booth at the Fenton Street Market where they continue to market their goods and services as a collective
. Women's Circle Participants Demonstrate Their New Skills at the Fenton Street Market
IMPACT Engages the Community on the Soccer Field! The Long Branch Athletic Association is Now a Program of IMPACT Silver Spring In its second full season operating the programs of the Long Branch Athletic Association, IMPACT fielded five soccer teams of student athletes from Broad Acres Elementary School to participate in the Takoma Park Soccer League, engaging dozens of families through one of the most natural community building activities: team sports! Parents in Long Branch, a neighborhood traditionally underrepresented in Silver Spring youth athletics, are fully invested in their children's teams and are connecting with the community in new ways! During the fall season, IMPACT will be integrating the youth sports programs into its economic empowerment work, engaging entire families to participate more fully in the economic and civic life of the Silver Spring community.
&ew Office Space: Thank You 'A Wider Circle'!!! IMPACT Relocates Administrative Offices to 'A Wider Circle' Offices in Silver Spring As the IMPACT team continues to work in Silver Spring neighborhoods, the administrative office has temporarily relocated. The temporary space is on the second floor of A Wider Circle's Center for Community Service at 9159-C Brookville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. A Wider Circle is an innovative community organization, led by Dr. Mark Bergel, which works tirelessly to end poverty in the Washington, DC region. IMPACT is grateful for A Wider Circle's hospitality while our staff work to secure permanent office space in Silver Spring. IMPACT's mailing address is P.O. Box 8397 Silver Spring, MD 20907.
IMPACT in the Schools Action Team Works with Partners to Transform Piney Branch Elementary School At Piney Branch Elementary School in Takoma Park, IMPACT is partnering with a team of diverse administrators, teachers and parents on a school transformation project called the Piney Branch Action Team (PBAT). The goal of the Team is to develop and carry-out projects that promote a school culture that works equally well for every family. The teamâ€™s most recent project focused on welcoming the families of newly incoming 2nd graders who will be attending the school in the fall. Using the door-knocking model of the Neighborhood Opportunity Network, members of the Action Team visited many of the families at their homes for information-sharing and to invite them to a special joint PTA/PBAT event. The event (which was held on June 2nd) provided space for relationship-building among families and with school staff. Guided tours of the school were given to small groups of two or three
families at a time. A pizza dinner was served with time built-in for mingling. Assistant principal Kara Tymon led the more than 150 parents and kids in a game of Up-Down. The game, besides being a lot of fun, helped families get to know more about each other and celebrate commonalities and differences. At the end of the night, everyone shared in eating slices from cakes with “Congratulations” written in bright red frosting. Parents and kids who will be new to Piney Branch in the fall will go into summer vacation having already made meaningful connections to each other, teachers, administrators, and even to the school building. That's a school culture that everyone can appreciate. Congratulations indeed!
Upcoming Events IMPACT &etwork Barbeque on June 12th! Friends of IMPACT will be getting together for an afternoon of food, fun and celebration on Sunday June 12th from 1pm-5pm at Wheaton Claridge Park. Come connect with old friends and new neighbors, hear about what's happening in the IMPACT network and enjoy a beautiful June day! IMPACT will be providing the burgers and hot dogs - folks are welcome to bring their favorite dish to add to the potluck as well!
Sunday, June 12, 1PM – 5PM Wheaton Claridge Park 11901 Claridge Rd Wheaton, MD 20902 Please contact Noelle at 301-325-9404 or Sara at 301-801-8762 if you have any questions.
Fenton Street Market on Veterans Plaza The Fenton Street Market, formerly located at Fenton St and Silver Spring Ave, is now open on Saturdays from 9am-3pm on Veterans Plaza at Fenton St and Ellsworth Dr. Check out the Market's website here, and make sure to stop by and say hi to the ladies of the Long Branch Entrepreneurial Sewing Circle.
Tons Going on in Downtown Silver Spring From youth Chess Tournaments to the FreshFarm Farmers Market and the Brazilian Dance
Festival, there is always something happening in Downtown Silver Spring! Check out the summer calendar of events by clicking here.
Call to Action Why Do YOU Give to IMPACT? Cindy Allen eighbor, Editor, Educator, and IMPACT Contributor I think I'd need to be a poet to convey why I'm so dedicated to IMPACT Silver Spring! It's been such an important part of my life for more than 10 years. Even when I haven't been able to spend the kind of time I'd like to working with IMPACT, I've stayed connected to the people thanks to Lasting IMPACT and the truly inspiring fundraising and community-building events the IMPACT staff and volunteers create. Being part of the leadership-training pilot program in 1999 was a huge gift. Until then, I'd been serving in all sorts of community volunteer jobs, but I'd never stopped to figure out what kind of leader I was or how I could be much more effective. I love the way IMPACT gets us to excavate our assumptions about each other, examine them carefully in the bright light, and then transform them into something hopeful that we can use to make a difference, one person at a time. Feeling inspired to support IMPACT's work of building a thriving, multicultural Silver Spring? Feeling inspired to support IMPACT's work of building a thriving, multicultural Silver Spring? Donate today and make a difference!
County Advisory Board Vacancies Currently, there is a valuable opportunity to serve on the following: • • •
Silver Spring Transportation Management District Advisory Committee Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Committee Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee
The deadline for application is June 24, 2011. You may access vacancy announcements for boards, committees, and commissions here.
PLEDGE 25 Make a commitment to serve 25 hours in your community between now and October 22, 2011 as part of Montgomery County's 25th Anniversary Celebration of Community Service Day. 1. Go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/volunteer. 2. Click on the Pledge 25 link to register & log your volunteer hours. 3. Volunteer 25 hours in Montgomery County now through October 22, 2011 and receive recognition. More information is available at the Montgomery County Volunteer Center here.
Resources Join the Community Gardening Movement - Plots Open in Takoma Park and Briggs Chaney! Community gardens run by the Montgomery County Department of Parks are popping up all over the Silver Spring area! The garden on Fenton St in Silver Spring is a sight to behold, and while that site is full, there are open plots at community gardens in Briggs Chaney and Takoma Park. Find out more about the movement and garden locations in the area here.
English Conversation Circle Residents of Silver Spring and Takoma Park gather at the Essex House Apartments community room on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:45-8:15pm to practice English and get to know each other! All are welcome. Call Chris at 301-495-3336 for more details.
Montgomery County Pro Bono Consulting Program Skilled Pro Bono Consultants with extensive expertise in strategic planning are ready to work collaboratively with your board and staff to meet your consulting needs. For more
information contact the Montgomery County Volunteer Center at (240) 777-2605.
9159 Brookville Rd #C Silver Spring, MD 20910
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