Volunteers Get Fired Up As The Work Begins

On Tuesday, April 18th, a dozen volunteers met at the White Oak Community Recreation Center to learn what projects Our Voices Matter (OVM) will be working on in the coming months and how they can be involved.   

Targeted Neighborhoods

The group, which included adults and elementary, high school, and college students, heard from OVM Board President, Will Jawando about the organization’s plans to conduct outreach and civically engage residents in six Montgomery County Census blocks. 

Jawando explained “While Montgomery County is the nation's eleventh most affluent county, this prosperity isn’t shared by all of its residents.” He added, “There are 13 Census blocks in the county below the national poverty line. Seven of them are predominantly Latino and six are predominantly African American. This year we will focus on the six that are predominantly African American." 

Volunteers Sign Up for Action Teams

During the meeting, volunteers chose from among five Volunteer Action Teams:

  1. Voter Participation
  2. Social Media
  3. Community Service
  4. House Party Support
  5. Administrative Support

 There was great discussion around opportunities to work with other community groups and what each of these teams can accomplish.

Join Us on May 9th

The group scheduled a follow-up meeting for Tuesday, May 9th. It too will be held at the White Oak Community Recreation Center. Several members of the group volunteered to bring a friend to this next meeting.

There’s still time for you to join us! RSVP now and put this meeting on your calendar.