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Release ID:  17-046
Media Contact: Gochrach, Beth 240-777-2528
For Immediate Release: 6/9/2017
Application Deadline: 6/30/2017
 
Leggett Seeks Applicants for Community Action Board

County Executive Isiah Leggett is seeking applicants to fill three vacancies on the Community Action Board.  All three vacancies are for representatives of low-income residents from various geographic areas in the County. The federal legislation establishing governing boards for federally-funded Community Action Agencies (CAAs) requires that members representing low-income people on the Community Action Board be democratically elected.  After submitting an initial application online or a resume directly to CAA staff, low-income applicants will be required to submit a letter from a group (such as a neighborhood association, faith group, parent group or civic organization) indicating that the nominee was democratically elected.  The letter should be signed by the group’s authorized representative.  Applicants must submit this letter before an interview can be scheduled.

 

The Community Action Board governs the Community Action Agency, which creates and maintains community action programs to encourage the use of public and private resources to enable low-income people to become self-sufficient; to reduce poverty in the County; to involve the low-income population in developing and carrying out anti-poverty programs in the County; and to make government more responsive to the needs of low-income people. The Board advises the County Executive and the County Council on matters relating to the needs of poor and low-income individuals and families.

 

Members generally serve three year terms without compensation, but are eligible for reimbursement for travel and dependent care for meetings attended. Meetings are held nine times per year on the fourth Tuesday evening each month (except July, August, and December), at 7 pm. in Rockville.

 

Applicants of diverse backgrounds, professions, gender, geography, disability and ethnicity are encouraged to apply. Members of County boards, committees and commissions may not serve on more than one such group at a time. Members must complete training on the Maryland Open Meetings Act and basic parliamentary procedure. Leggett’s appointments are subject to confirmation by the County Council. Applications of those selected for appointment are made public as part of the confirmation process. The deadline for application is June 30, 2017.To apply please click “Apply” below.

 

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