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Mission Statement

The Community Engagement Cluster (CEC) builds stronger, informed, and inclusive communities. The Cluster strengthens Montgomery County's commitment to civic engagement and community service by engaging residents, organizations, businesses, and other community groups. The Cluster maximizes communities' assets - time, talents, and other resources - working collaboratively to address and resolve community issues.

The cluster is a combination of the five Regional Services Centers, the Commission for Women, and the Office of Community Partnerships, including the Gilchrist Center and the Volunteer Center, all sharing core administrative support since July 1, 2011. This budget recommends the Office of Food System Resilience be added in FY23. As a cluster, these offices/functions have combined facilities, resources, and support staff while retaining staff expertise and experience, as well as most of the objectives of the separate entities involved.


Budget Overview

The total recommended FY23 Operating Budget for the Community Engagement Cluster is $8,627,026, an increase of $2,502,358 or 40.86 percent from the FY22 Approved Budget of $6,124,668. Personnel Costs comprise 69.26 percent of the budget for 38 full-time position(s) and 20 part-time position(s), and a total of 47.75 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 30.74 percent of the FY23 budget.

County Priority Outcomes

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • Thriving Youth and Families
  • An Affordable, Welcoming County for a Lifetime
  • Effective, Sustainable Government


Program Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY22 estimates reflect funding based on the FY22 approved budget. The FY23 and FY24 figures are performance targets based on the FY23 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY24.



  • The additional Program Managers provided to the Regional Service Centers (RSCs) will focus on addressing community business and economic development-related needs, help RSC Directors advance development, community engagement, and providing timely and effective government response and accountability. The Program Managers assist with duties associated with emerging economic and/or community development activities occurring in the regional area.
  • The Office of Food System Resilience, new for FY23, enacts a key recommendation of the Food Security Taskforce and will tackle the long-term changes needed to meaningfully improve the food system and make permanent the expansion of coordination efforts with non-profit partners and public-private partnerships that grew out of the COVID-19 response. The focus of the Office will be to facilitate targeted food system projects and coordinate food systems efforts across the County.
  • Funding has been continued for Newcomers legal services. Other migrant legal services programs have been consolidated into CEC to promote greater coordination and efficiency in fund usage and a permanent Legal Services Program Manager II has been created to coordinate these programs.
  • The Office of Community Partnerships has enhanced their outreach and communication efforts from the Translations Unit to include materials in the top six spoken languages in the county (Spanish, Chinese, Korean, French, Amharic, and Vietnamese).
  • Adding an Administrative Specialist III position to the Business Management Team will enhance CEC's capacity to support the growing range of programs and initiatives across all offices and Regional Service Centers.

Program Descriptions


The Administration for the Community Engagement Cluster (CEC) manages all aspects of the budget, procurement, financials, contracts/grants, personnel, information technology, daily operations, office space management, fleet management, historic file maintenance, and all administrative matters of the CEC units (Regional Services Centers, Commission for Women, Office of Community Partnerships, including the...

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  Community Partnership

The Office of Community Partnerships (OCP) is a bridge builder between the County's diverse communities and County government. Due to OCPs deep reach into communities, OCP worked closely with the Regional Service Center Directors to lead the County's 2020 Census Campaign. "Everyone Counts in Montgomery County" was a multifaceted campaign...

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  Regional Services Centers

The County has five Regional Services Centers: Bethesda-Chevy Chase, East County, Mid-County, Silver Spring, and Upcounty. The Regional Directors in each of the County's five regions work with their respective regional citizens advisory boards, residents, community groups, businesses, and other public agencies to proactively seek and gather information and assess...

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  Commission for Women

The Commission for Women's mission is to identify gender-based inequities in laws, policies, practices, procedures, and to advocate remedies by advising the public and local, State, and Federal agencies on issues of concern to women, including organizing events relating to these issues. In addition, the Commission is responsible for providing...

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  Gilchrist Center

The Charles W. Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity is the County's Welcome Center for newcomers and builds the network of immigrant service providers in the County. The Center offers various immigrant integration services at multiple locations throughout the County that prepare residents to contribute to our economy and our community....

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  Office of Food System Resilience

The Office of Food System Resilience works to make Montgomery County's food system more resilient and equitable in order to improve the health of residents, the economy, and the environment....

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Budget Trends
Program Contacts

Contact Yvette Torres of the Community Engagement Cluster at 240.777.8044 or Rafael Pumarejo Murphy of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2775 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages2604230.003943286.00 3585294.00 4555080.0015.5
Employee Benefits726746.001131069.00 931580.00 1357371.0020.0
County General Fund Personnel Costs3330976.005074355.00 4516874.00 5912451.0016.5
Operating Expenses2015782.00973848.00 1409189.00 2641130.00171.2
County General Fund Expenditures5346758.006048203.00 5926063.00 8553581.0041.4
Full-Time23.0031.00 31.00 37.0019.4
Part-Time12.0020.00 20.00 20.000.0
FTEs29.3541.10 41.10 47.2715.0
Facility Rental Fees2457.0010500.00 10500.00 10500.000.0
Parking Fees-3600.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Revenues-1143.0010500.00 10500.00 10500.000.0
Salaries and Wages446056.0058769.00 58769.00 49536.00-15.7
Employee Benefits18231.0017696.00 17696.00 13296.00-24.9
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs464287.0076465.00 76465.00 62832.00-17.8
Operating Expenses885946.000.00 0.00 10613.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures1350233.0076465.00 76465.00 73445.00-3.9
Full-Time1.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs0.650.65 0.65 0.48-26.2
Federal Grants1059383.0076465.00 76465.00 73445.00-3.9
State Grants279757.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues1339140.0076465.00 76465.00 73445.00-3.9
Total Expenditures6696991.006124668.00 6002528.00 8627026.0040.9
Total Full-Time Positions24.0032.00 32.00 38.0018.8
Total Part-Time Positions12.0020.00 20.00 20.000.0
Total FTEs30.0041.75 41.75 47.7514.4
Total Revenues1337997.0086965.00 86965.00 83945.00-3.5
FY23 Recommended Changes
Changes (with service impacts)
Add: Food System Resilience Office - Director, Policy Analyst, and Partner Specialist Positions [Office of Food System Resilience]3548543.00
Add: Food System Resilience Office - Farm to Food Bank [Office of Food System Resilience]3500000.00
Enhance: RSC Program Managers [Regional Services Centers]2538313.00
Add: Newcomer Legal Services Programs - Current Service Level [Community Partnership]2500000.00
Enhance: Food System Resilience Office - Montgomery County Food Council [Office of Food System Resilience]2000000.00
Add: Food System Resilience Office - Market Money Grants [Office of Food System Resilience]1250000.00
Add: Food System Resilience Office - Community Gardening and Local Resilience Grants Program [Office of Food System Resilience]500000.00
Add: Food System Resilience Office - Miscellaneous Operating Expenses [Office of Food System Resilience]80000.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Shift: Legal Services Programs from HHS [Community Partnership]5511000.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of Legal Services Program Manager II [Gilchrist Center]1128141.00
Increase Cost: New Business Management Team Administrative Specialist [Administration]763151.00
Increase Cost: FY23 Compensation Adjustment763070.00
Shift: Community Grants moved from Community Grants Non Departmental Account to Community Engagement Cluster's Base Budget [Administration]689000.00
Increase Cost: Six Percent Inflationary Increase to Non-Profit Service Provider Contracts [Administration]480660.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Compensation Increases472480.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail Adjustment50870.00
Increase Cost: Google Translate API [Community Partnership]50000.00
Shift: FY23 RSVP Grant Adjustment [Community Partnership]00.17
Shift: Business Development Specialist Positions Transfer to CEX [Community Partnership]0-2.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-111700.00
Decrease Cost: Reclassification Program Specialist to an Office Services Coordinator [Administration]-188100.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY22 Personnel Costs-234350.00
Decrease Cost: Reclassification Program Manager to an Executive Admin Aide [Administration]-237290.00
FY23 RECOMMENDED855358147.27
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Shift: FY23 RSVP Grant Adjustment [Community Partnership]-3020-0.17
Program Summary
Program NameFY22 APPR
Commission for Women2800232.002963602.00
Community Partnership301809821.25384773220.00
Gilchrist Center6361756.508279987.75
Office of Food System Resilience00.0010586913.00
Regional Services Centers16139469.00176585910.00
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
FY23 Recommended8554.0000008554.0000008554.0000008554.0000008554.0000008554.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Recommended in FY230.000000110.000000110.000000110.000000110.000000110.000000
New positions in the FY23 budget are generally assumed to be filled at least two months after the fiscal year begins. Therefore, the above amounts reflect annualization of these positions in the outyears.
Elimination of One-Time Items Recommended in FY230.000000-10.000000-10.000000-10.000000-10.000000-10.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY23, including furniture, computers, and other IT costs new positions.
Labor Contracts0.000000199.000000199.000000199.000000199.000000199.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures8554.0000008853.0000008853.0000008853.0000008853.0000008853.000000