Doing Good is Good Business

These organizations are among the 5,300 nonprofits helping to make Montgomery County a better place to live and work.

STEPPING STONES SHELTER SERVES HOMELESS FAMILIES

In 1982, Stepping Stones Shelter began as a faith-based initiative in Gaithersburg, and soon became the first homeless shelter for families of Montgomery County. Located in the historic Dawson farmhouse in Rockville, Maryland, Stepping Stones has been serving the community with emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, and post-shelter support services.

Collaborating with the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, their Hope Housing Program provides permanent supportive housing and ongoing support for two families (10 individuals) with a disabled head of household.

Stepping Stones is pleased to partner with the local business community, allowing corporations an opportunity to address the needs in our neighborhoods by investing right here at home.

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HOPE CONNECTIONS FOR CANCER SUPPORT BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER

At Hope Connections for Cancer Support, you will find a community of support for all people affected by cancer. Licensed clinicians help group participants learn how to take an active role in their own health and well being. 

They offer support groups for people with cancer and their caregivers, educational workshops with top oncology professionals, stress reduction and nutrition classes, and opportunities for people affected by cancer to connect with and support each other.

Businesses throughout the area have created programs that benefit Hope Connections for Cancer Support. And with the generosity of these corporations and foundations, they are able to provide hope to people with cancer at no cost.

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COMMUNITY MINISTRIES OF ROCKVILLE IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE

Community Ministries of Rockville, Inc. seeks to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable of Montgomery County residents by providing basic services including housing, healthcare, education, and emergency assistance.

Helping their clients achieve self-sufficiency and well being are the goals of every program. In November of 2009, CMR established the Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic that offers health care and education to uninsured adult residents of Montgomery County and homeless women.

Twenty-one interfaith affiliates, local governments, private foundations, corporations, individual donors, and the United Way/CFC support CMR. A Matching Contribution Program offered by businesses allows employees to designate the Community Ministries of Rockville for their workplace giving.

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A WIDER CIRCLE SERVES THE WHOLE PERSON

A Wider Circle operates out of a 38,000 square-foot center, with an organization of 50 staff members, 15 university interns, and more than 15,000 volunteers each year. It is their energy and commitment that allows them to furnish the homes of more than 16,000 children and adults each year and deliver educational programs to thousands of men, women, and children.

A Wider Circle’s efforts focus on the provision of basic need items, workforce development, wraparound support, and neighborhood revitalization. These four components work in concert to create lasting change in the lives of those they serve.

Individual and corporate sponsorship benefits include website and social media presence, features in A Wider Circle publications, and recognition through the naming of rooms and centers within their new headquarters or donor wall.

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS OPENS DOORS

MCCH’s mission is aligned with the federal Opening Doors plan, which is the nation’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. They also follow Montgomery County’s Continuum of Care Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. MCCH, in partnership with Montgomery County and other local providers, has met their first goal of ending veteran homelessness.

Located in Rockville, MCCH provides people experiencing homelessness with permanent housing as quickly as possible—and then helps them address their issues by providing ongoing support to ensure that they never become homeless again.

An Action and Awareness Event is an ongoing opportunity for companies and organizations at their location. These events consist of two segments: helping to build awareness about homelessness and providing an activity for employees to help their community.

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URBAN ALLIANCE EXPANDS TO HELP YOUTH IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Urban Alliance, a national youth development nonprofit, is expanding its flagship High School Internship Program to provide paid, professional internships, job skills training, and one-on-one mentoring to economically-disadvantaged high school seniors in eastern Montgomery County, MD.

The inaugural class of interns will be working at businesses and organizations throughout the community—including Precision Medicine Group, Holy Cross Hospital, Marriott International, Clark Construction Group, and more. The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, as well as the Mead Family Foundation, provided additional support for the expansion into Montgomery County.

Urban Alliance uses professional training, access and exposure to direct work experience, and meaningful adult relationships, to help young people connect to future. Their programs add significant value, not only to the youth they serve, but also to the businesses with which they partner.

“We are thrilled that the local community has come together to bring internships, professional training, and mentoring to young people in Montgomery County. At Urban Alliance, we believe that early, meaningful work experience can truly change a young person’s path, preparing them for lifelong economic success.” –Eshauna Smith, CEO of Urban Alliance.