Furloughed government workers, contractors and others affected by the government shutdown can learn about assistance available to them during a resource fair tomorrow (Jan. 26).

Councilmember Will Jawando (D-At Large) convened and will co-sponsor the fair, along with Our Voices Matter. The event will be hosted by Reid Temple AME Church at 12101 Tech Rd. from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

“County government, our nonprofit providers, utility providers and local businesses have stepped up to help residents affected by the government shutdown obtain the vital services they need,” said Jawando in a press release. “Leadership in Washington has become disconnected from the people. I pledge to do all that I can to help support county residents and service providers as they endure this extended period of unprecedented stress.”

The resource fair will include representatives from the following agencies and organizations:

EveryMind (formerly Mental Health Partnership)
A Wider Circle
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
Manna Food Center
Nourish Now
Capital Area Food Bank
Montgomery County Department of Recreation
Montgomery County Public Libraries
Montgomery College
Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs
Montgomery County Food Coalition
Washington Gas
Industrial Bank
Montgomery County Parks
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
Interfaith Works

In addition, a list of resources available to furloughed workers can be found at the county’s shutdown assistance web portal.

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Resource Fair Set Tomorrow for Those Affected by Shutdown