MCPSRA has many volunteers who are involved in a variety of community service activities such as the following.
Montgomery County Volunteer Center and Retired and Senior Volunteer Program; 240-777-2600;
Montgomery County Boards, Committees, etc.; 240-777-2528;
Mental Health Association of Montgomery County; 301-424-0656;
Literacy Council of Montgomery County, MD; 301-640-0030;
Maryland Department of Aging Senior Call Center; 866-502-0560; aging.maryland.gov
Described below are two of our special long term projects.
Toolkit, Books and Backpacks Projects
Toolkits are lidded plastic shoe boxes containing a
variety of school supplies that are distributed to all Title
I summer school kindergartners as well as Head Start
students for use at home to support their learning at
school. The project was initiated by MCPSRA in 2003
to help economically disadvantaged elementary school
children who attend the Title I Extended Learning
Opportunities Summer Adventures in Learning (ELO SAIL)
Program. It has grown from one benefiting 800 students
the first year to 2,000 children during the summer of 2018.
Since the project began approximately 20,000 toolkits
have been assembled and distributed. The cost per
toolkit is approximately $15. Once the kits are assembled
and distributed to each summer school site, in-service
training sessions for parents are offered by Title I staff to
help parents learn how to best use with their children the
items and lesson plans provided in the toolkits. This project
has achieved local, state, and national recognition and many
awards including a national one from NRTA/AARP entitled
With Our Youth! Excellence Award.
Books were purchased and/or collected and distributed to children in Grades 1 through 5 to add to or begin a home library in years past. During the first twelve years of the project approximately 9,000 new books and thousands of gently used books have been distributed to Title I summer school children. This component of the project has been suspended for the past three years due to a lack of funds. Additional donations and funding are needed to reinstate this part of the project.
Backpacks of school supplies and books have been assembled and given to each homeless child enrolled in the Title I summer school program beginning in 2008. More than 240 backpacks have been provided by MCPSRA for children since then. Additional funding is needed to resume this component of the project, which has been suspended for the past three years.
Josiah Henson Project
See the attached PDF for a description of the Josiah Henson Project.
Report to the MCPSRA Board of Directors on the progress of the Project at monthly meetings.
Report to the Membership at the quarterly luncheons regarding the progress of the project.
Encourage the membership to donate to the Josiah Henson Project.
Write articles for the quarterly newsletter about the project. and encourage donations.
Work with staff who work on the project to make presentations at the luncheons when requested by the Board of Directors.
Consult with the Treasurer of MCPSRA to determine the amount of contributions.