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1.  County Offers October Tech Help Click here

2.  New Updates on Phase 2 Reopening Click here

3.  Active Aging Week 10/5-10/11 Click here

  Energy Summit Event 11/17-11/19 Click here

5.  "Walktober" Month Events in MD Click here

6.  October Energy Action Month Events Click here

7.  Sharing Traditions for Life Decision Town Hall Event 10/22 Click here

8.  Miscellaneous Resources & Events Click here
County Offers October Tech Help

Take Advantage of Free One-on-One Tech Help through October 31, 2020

Get help with your technology (cell phones, computers, tablets, printers, email, Internet, apps, and more)
*Sign up for 30-minute sessions with our tech assistants
*Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 2:30 pm
*Can be conducted via phone or video call
*Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, French, Amharic, and 6 other languages

To sign up, click here or call 311.

Home Internet Access for as Little as $9.95 per Month
For Low Income Families and Older Adults  
Click here for details.

When Connected to the Internet, You Can Have Fun While Staying Safe at Home
Check out the new Thrive at Home webpage by clicking here

You can connect to fitness activities, meditation, cooking demonstrations, tours of sights overseas, chances to visit with a pet and much more.

Updates to Phase 2 Reopening
Larger Religious Gatherings and Additional Measures Allowed Under Updated Phase 2 Guidelines

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, after consultation with County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles, has issued an updated executive order that clarifies provisions of the Phase 2 Guidelines related to the COVID-19 health crisis. These amendments went into effect on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Updated executive order:

  • Explicitly caps indoor food service at 50 percent;
  • Changes gathering size calculations and spacing, screening, and cleaning requirements for religious facilities;
  • Modifies the definition of face covering to remove plastic full face shields; and
  • Includes a face covering exception for children under 18 while playing sports.

Officials are continually reviewing designations and adjusting guidance based on data and science.

Click here for more information.

Active Aging Week 10/5-10/11
Active Aging Week Connects Montgomery County Residents 50+ to Dynamic Virtual Activities

It is time for those 50 years and older to celebrate an active lifestyle with a dynamic week of virtual programs and activities. Active Aging Week takes place Oct. 5-11, as part of a national initiative promoting healthy lifestyles.

Click here for more information.
Click here for the Senior Site.


The “Go Grow & Get Active” Signature Event, hosted by Montgomery Parks at beautiful Brookside Gardens, will be held virtually on Wednesday, October 7, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am as a pre-recorded event.
Follow the event by visiting here or watch on Comcast/RCN 6 HD 996/1056 Verizon 30. Doctors from “Walk with a Doc” will provide health tips and encourage you to celebrate “Walk Maryland Day!”

Free Fit Kits that include a water bottle, fanny pack, pedometer, and other goodies will be distributed at events sponsored by Montgomery Energy Connection. Drop off your old incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) at one of these events and pick up a Fit Kit.

Click here for more information.

Energy Summit Event 11/17-11/19
Registration is now re-opened for the Virtual 2020 Montgomery County Energy Summit! Taking place completely online, this year’s Summit will feature 3 full days of education sessions, keynote remarks, virtual networking, an online Expo Hall, and a special virtual Energy Roadshow event. The theme for this year’s Summit is “A Path to Zero.” We will explore strategies, technologies, and case studies focused on the commercial, multifamily, and residential built environment that are moving the needle towards achieving the County’s ambitious climate goal of carbon neutrality by 2035. See you there November 17-19, 2020!

Learn more by clicking here.
"Walktober" Month Events in MD
Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation to Host “Walktober” to Promote Pedestrian Safety, Access and Health

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has partnered with State and local agencies, nonprofits and communities across Maryland to celebrate “Walktober,” a month-long series of activities and virtual webinars in October promoting the State’s official exercise: walking. “Walktober” features celebration of the sixth annual Walk Maryland Day on Wednesday, Oct. 7, as well as four webinars focusing on pedestrian safety, health and walking a commuting option.

Maryland named walking as the official State exercise in October 2008.

Click here for more information.
October Energy Action Month Events
Montgomery County to Join Celebrations of October as ‘Energy Action Month’ and Oct. 7 as ‘Energy Efficiency Day’ with Focus on Lowering Energy Use and Costs

Click here for a list of events.
Sharing Traditions for Life Decision Town Hall Event 10/22

Community Dialogue on Social Isolation
Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all feeling the effect of being distant from our friends, loved ones, and society – for many of us, a case of extreme social isolation. How can we learn and support each other? What are the similarities within the diverse communities? How do we understand social isolation from different cultural perspectives? What are the tools and resources that can be used to address the loneliness, depression and the grief others are facing?

Join AMSS for the second in a series of town hall webinars where you will hear from front line workers representing diverse ethnic communities about the challenges they face as their neighbors, friends, and families on social isolation. You will also learn about available community resources to assist in helping those in need.

Dialogue with:
*Keynote speaker-Raymond L. Crowel, Psy.D. Director of Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.
*Samikshya Sapkota, MPH, Behavioral Health Coordinator, Asian American Health Initiative, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
*Veronica Zapata Velez, LCPC, LPC, RPT, NCCB.A Psychology, M.A Clinical Mental Health Counseling
*Naffisa Turay, Medical Daycare Program Specialist, Department of Health, and AMSS Health and Long -Term Care Outreach Ambassador

Register by clicking here. 
Zoom link will be provided after registration. 
Click here to email AMSS
Click here for website

Miscellaneous Resources & Events

Montgomery County SHIP Helps You Understand Your Medicare Choices 

Montgomery County SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) is a federally funded program that provides free, unbiased Medicare counseling and information by certified counselors to new and current Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers. 
Contact Montgomery County SHIP at 301-252-6631 or click here

Join us for our free monthly Medicare online webinar! The Montgomery County SHIP Director: Rafael Espinoza, will present expert, unbiased information about the choices you need to know about before enrolling in Medicare. You will learn about what coverage you need, how enrollment periods work, and how to avoid penalties. There are a limited number of attendee spots, so we do ask you to register in advance.
View schedule and register by clicking here


Dental Services are Available for Residents

American Diversity Group has partnered with dentists in Silver Spring and Bethesda to provide dental cleaning, oral exams, and fluoride treatment for under-insured or uninsured people. If comprehensive treatment is needed, American Diversity Group will work with the dentists to acquire discounted treatment. Available time slots are limited and will be allocated on first-come, first-served basis. 
Click here for more information.


Feeling Lonely? Call the Toll-Free Friendship Line

Call 1-800-971-0016 to reach the only accredited line in the country for people aged 60 years and older and adults living with disabilities. Staff and volunteers trained by the Institute on Aging specialize in offering a caring ear and having a friendly conversation.


No-Cost Home-Based COVID-19 Testing is Available for Some Households

County residents who live in certain zip codes, are members of population groups disproportionately affected by COVID-19, or who face barriers to accessing community testing can call the Montgomery County Testing Helpline at 240-777-1755.

Zip codes highly impacted by COVID-19 include: 20850, 20874, 20877, 20886, 20901, 20902, 20903, 20904, 20906, and 20910.


Connect with Volunteer Opportunities

Many generous individuals and groups are pitching in to help during this difficult time. Government, schools, nonprofit agencies and community organizations are working together to address needs of community members. Volunteers and organizations are encouraged to connect with Montgomery County’s Volunteer Center.
Click here for Volunteer Response to COVID 19 page
Click here for Organization's Page for COVID 19 Response


Job Search Training Program for Job Seekers Ages 50+

Are you over age 50 and frustrated by your job search?  JCA’s Career Gateway Program can help you hone your resume, polish your networking and interviewing skills, use Internet job search resources more effectively, and turn your age and experience to your advantage. Each session of the Career Gateway features 30 hours of small-group classroom instruction over five days, comprehensive take-home materials, practical exercises, and a long-term mentor – all for only $75!  Sessions run from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. 

Interactive and Online Sessions                     
#2:  November 9, 11, 13, 16, 18 – 2020
#3:  January 19, 20, 22, 25, 27 – 2021
#4:  March 1, 3, 5, 8, 10 – 2021
#5:  April 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 – 2021
#6:  June 7, 9, 11, 14, 16 – 2021

Sessions will be an interactive, Zoom, online experience. Same curriculum, class facilitator, presenters and volunteers addressing all the important job-seeking skills as in our in-class programming AND all from the comfort and safety of your own home! Prior online sessions have been a resounding success. Do not be intimidated by online instruction. We will train you and work through this together! 

For more information, contact Jodie Rasch at 301-255-4215 or
Click here to email . 
Click here for website.

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