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HOC Participates in First MAHRA Day of Service

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Kensington, MD – On Thursday, June 8, 2017, the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County (HOC) held its third annual Day of Service, allowing staff to engage directly with organizations that serve HOC customers and the broader community. The day also marked the first annual Maryland Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies (MAHRA) Day of Service. Staff from public housing authorities across the state joined HOC in providing over 1600 volunteer hours to community organizations throughout Maryland.

This year, over 300 HOC staff members volunteered at 17 sites throughout Montgomery County. Volunteers lent their time and talent to community organizations such as A Wider Circle, Interfaith Works, Montgomery County Department of Parks, Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Montgomery College, the National Center for Children and Families, Stepping Stones Shelter, and YMCA Silver Spring. Volunteers from HOC sorted donations, cleaned and painted interiors and exteriors, provided gardening and landscaping services, organized books and classroom materials, and performed other supportive activities that enable local nonprofit organizations to serve county residents.

Public housing authorities throughout Maryland joined HOC in providing service to their communities, including Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County Regional Housing, Housing Authority of Baltimore City, Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development, Housing Authority of Prince George’s County, and Elkton Housing Authority.

“Serving this community and our customers is part of our DNA,” said Executive Director Stacy L. Spann. “This year, by partnering with MAHRA, we were able to make Day of Service a state-wide movement so other public housing authorities could join HOC in serving communities across Maryland. We understand that as Housers, we have a real responsibility to be in service to others.”

MAHRA Day of Service 2017 – HOC Volunteer Sites

  • A Wider Circle
  • Becky’s House (Interfaith Works)
  • Brookside Gardens (Montgomery County Department of Parks)
  • Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Montgomery County Department of Parks)
  • Carroll House Men’s Shelter (Interfaith Works)
  • Fairland Elementary School (Montgomery County Public Schools)
  • Interfaith Clothing Center (Interfaith Works)
  • Montgomery Public Library – Rockville
  • Montgomery Public Library – Silver Spring
  • Montgomery College – East County Engagement Center
  • Locust Grove Nature Center (Montgomery County Department of Parks)
  • National Center for Children and Families
  • Stepping Stones Shelter
  • Watkins Mill Women’s Shelter (Interfaith Works)
  • Whetstone Elementary School (Montgomery County Public Schools)
  • YMCA Silver Spring

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