A New Silver Spring, MD Resident’s Guide to Getting Involved

If you are new to the area, welcome! Moving can be quite the process. Once you are all settled into your new Silver Spring, MD apartment, it will be time to start meeting new friends and exploring the community. To make things a little easier, here is a guide to different tools for getting involved:

Libraries

Local libraries are a wonderful source of local events and classes, often times free ones! The Silver Spring Library is located right on Wayne Avenue and provides events that cater to all ages and a wide array of hobbies. Recent classes include Writing for Teens, Spanish Language Mediation, Yoga, Montgomery County Master Gardeners, Start a Side Hustle Workshop, and more. Pick up a library card and attend a class that piques your interest!

Volunteer Opportunities

There are numerous ways to find a volunteer opportunity in Silver Spring. The Montgomery County Volunteer Center allows you to search for a cause within a reasonable distance. There is also the option to find opportunities through their monthly calendar. A second volunteer opportunity resource is VolunteerMatch.org.

Social Clubs and Activities

From hobbies to social sports, there is something for everyone! Just a few examples of local organizations include the Montgomery County Parks, DC Fencers Club, Daleview Swim Club, Boys & Girls Club of America, and Silver Spring Social Sports. Joining a local club or organization is a surefire way to meet your neighbors and make friends.

Events

Eventbrite.com, Patch.com, and SilverSpringDowntown.com are all excellent sources of events in the area of all sorts. From homework help sessions to improv comedy. Silver Spring’s proximity to Washington DC means that if you ever feel there is a rare lull in local events, you can pop over to our nation’s capital. Check out Washington.org for the latest upcoming events.

Whenever you move to a new town you will likely find that either the town or county (or both) have a website with a myriad of resources for new residents. The Montgomery County website links to resources such as Mass Transit, Newspapers, Places of Interest, Schools, and more. If you are looking to move to the area, find your new apartment home at Vista at White Oak Apartments, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, or Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes, all of which are conveniently located to inviting events, organizations, and activities.

Celebrate Earth Day This Weekend (and All Year-Round)

Earth Day

Earth DayEarth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 each year since 1970. The concept was first proposed by United States Senator Gaylor Nelson, who after witnessing the massive oil spill in California the year before, wanted to combine the energy and enthusiasm of the student anti-war movement with an emerging public consciousness regarding air and water pollution. That first event, held in cities across the United States, saw 20 million Americans take to the streets, with 200 million people in 141 countries around the world celebrating it just 20 years later. This year, over 190 countries are expected to participate and there are several ways in which you can join in right here in Silver Spring, MD and the surrounding communities. Continue reading “Celebrate Earth Day This Weekend (and All Year-Round)”

Volunteer Opportunities in Silver Spring

As the holiday season approaches, it’s a great time to give back. Silver Spring has many enjoyable volunteer opportunities available to give back within the community. Whether you want to give a lot of time or just a little, volunteering is a great way to meet new people and help the less fortunate.

Wednesday Night Work Parties
This volunteer opportunity is ideal if you want to spend time with a fun group of people. If you are crafty, they are in need of volunteers who are proficient in knitting, cross-stitching, tatting, and knot braiding to make merchandise and props for the Christmas Revels show. Upcoming volunteer dates on November 12 and November 19, 2014.

Thanksgiving for the Needy
This opportunity is great if you want to show gratitude for what you have and help give back to the less fortunate for Thanksgiving. Meet at the White Oak Community Center to help assemble and distribute meal kits to 700 needy families. Volunteers needed on November 23, 2014.

CREATE Arts Center
CREATE Arts Center is a nonprofit organization that offers art classes, camps, parties, and art therapy programs in Silver Spring. They have a wide range of volunteer opportunities available, including camps and classes, marketing and events, internships, and counselors in training. Contact them to learn more and apply!

Holy Cross Home Care and Hospice
Holy Cross Health has a need for a variety of hospice volunteers, including caregivers, administrators, office help, bereavement support, and recruitment. This is a great opportunity to join a group of caring, concerned individuals. Volunteers are needed on a variety of days and times.

Do you enjoy volunteering? Have you participated in other opportunities in the Silver Spring area? Let us know how you like to give back!