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Montgomery County Launches Summer Employment Program

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Montgomery County today launched “COVID Corps,” a summer employment program that creates a pathway between service and recovery for County residents ages 16-23. Members of the COVID Corps, coached by Montgomery County Recreation staff, will be deployed to work throughout the County supporting its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Corps is a key component of the County’s economic development and recovery plan for youth. Young people in the County are in critical need to find job-preparation skills and employment opportunities to help to support their families and their own living expenses. Due to the high unemployment rate and program shutdowns, there will be very few opportunities for young people this summer. COVID Corps is a unique approach to economic recovery, recognizing young people as resources to help address the County’s pressing issues.

Montgomery County is looking to quickly hire, train, and deploy young people to support the County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the preparation for economic recovery and return to work. Montgomery County will provide everything that is needed for a crew’s success including adult mentors and coaches for supervision, guidance, and training

All participants will take part in job-readiness training as well as ongoing skill-building, safety protocols, workshops, financial-literacy training and a variety of career-building internships as part of the program. Participants will also receive instruction in resume writing, office etiquette, customer service, professionalism, safety on the job, teamwork and excellence in the workplace.

Available positions in the COVID Corps include: 

  • Food Security including but not limited to supporting County, Montgomery County Public Schools and other food-serving organizations package, distribute and deliver meals to vulnerable populations; 
  • Community Outreach & Translation assistance with the Montgomery County Volunteer Center and efforts of other nonprofits in need; 
  • Tech Connect teaching and mentoring seniors how to use technology and online resources and opportunities to stay connected; 
  • Operational Recovery assisting County departments prepare for employee’s return to work through inventorying, sanitizing of vehicles, installation of social distancing signage, re-configuring spaces as well as serving as greeters and counters; and 
  • Special Projects in which crews can respond quickly to urgent eligible project requests from County non-profits and County agencies. 

The hourly rate for these positions is $14 per hour. Interested individuals should apply through the County’s iRecruitment system and search IRC44327. All selected candidates must successfully pass a criminal background investigation, which will include state, federal and sexual offender background checks.

For more information, visit www.mocorec.com/COVIDCorps or email COVID.Corps@montgomerycountymd.gov.

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Release ID: 20-324
Media Contact: Carmen Berrios Martinez 240-328-4049