George B Thomas Sr Learning Academy Inc.
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2011
Project CHANGE is the collaboration of 13 leading academic and service agencies at work in Montgomery County who share a common mission of improving the quality of life for county residents with a particular emphasis on those in southern Silver Spring. Our 13 partner organizations have members serving at 16 locations in the following Montgomery County communities: Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Germantown and Wheaton. These areas have a high concentration of non-English speaking residents considered to be poor and who tend to be transient. As a multi site program, our members are engaged in a variety of services that include: 1. Coordinating and leading discussions on race and ethnicity as members at Study Circles, a division of Montgomery County Public Schools.. 2. Recruiting volunteers for YMCA programs and for service learning opportunities through all three campuses of Montgomery College. By recruiting volunteers, members have significantly increased the capacity of local nonprofit organizations. 3. Coordinating after school and enrichment programs for disadvantaged students at 4 YMCA and 3 Montgomery Housing Partnership sites, at Saturday School programs at 12 high schools, at Gandhi Brigade, and at the Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE). 4. Community Building at Impact Silver Spring, which is done via the Neighbor's Campaign, a door knocking program which ensures that emergency services are reaching those who need it most. 5. Working with the disabled at the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH).