Library teams up with Lifestyles for homeless count
The Charles County Public Librar y (CCPL) is partnering with Lifestyles Inc. as well as community volunteers as they conduct the annual Pointin-Time (PIT) Homeless Survey on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The 2017 Homeless Survey will identify the number of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals across the Charles County region.
On that day, Lifestyles volunteers will conduct brief, conversational surveys from noon to 7:30 p.m. with individuals who come into either the Waldorf West, La Plata, or Potomac branches of the library. For more information, call CCPL at 301-934-3001, ext. 132, or Lifestyles Inc. at 301-6099900.
Point-in-time is an unduplicated count of persons experiencing homelessness in both un- sheltered and sheltered (in a homeless program) places on a single night. The PIT Count allows local communities and state policy makers to understand current problems of homelessness, target limited funding to appropriate housing and services, and track progress. The annual Homeless Count is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the local Continuum of Care funding process.
The 2017 count will reinforce the progress being made as a result of the collaborative efforts of local service agencies with support from the public library, and provide specific demographic information needed
CSM to hold Tri-County Job and Career Fair
The 2017 Tri-County Job and Career Fair will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 28 at the College of Southern Maryland La Plata Campus.
For the second year in a row, CSM will help job seekers prepare for the job and career fair by hosting several free Ready Room events in the weeks leading up to the fair to have their resume reviewed and practice their interview skills.
At the fair, job seekers can meet with area businesses and agencies that are looking for employees. Participants can take part in a “Navigating the Federal Hiring Process” workshop presented by federal government representatives.
Employer registration is available at www.csmd.edu/jobfair. Space is limited. The deadline for employer registration and payment is March 10.
Job seeker registration is requested but not required. Job seeker registration will begin Feb. 22 and is also available at www.csmd.edu/jobfair. A list of participating employers can be accessed at the website. There is no cost for job seekers.
The fair will be held at CSM’s La Plata Campus’ Center for Business and Industry (BI Building) in Room 113.
Ready Room events will be held 9 a.m.-noon on March 15, 10 a.m.-noon on March 17, 4-7 p.m. on March 27 in Room 101 in the Center for Business and Industry (BI Building) at the La Plata Campus.
For more information, see the registration website www.csmd.edu/jobfair or call 301-934-7569.
National Citizen Survey results available online
Charles County Government, in partnership with the National Research Center Inc. conducted the National Citizen Survey (NCS) to obtain a baseline measurement for how Charles County Government is serving residents, gauge perceptions of the county, and compare local government agencies. Survey results are available for viewing online at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/NCSResults.
A summary indicates the following:
• Most Charles County residents enjoy a good quality of life;
• Safety and economic development are key focus areas for the Charles County community;
• All modes of transportation and economic development are areas for improvement;
• Public trust ratings are mixed, but residents are pleased with customer service.
The survey centered on community livability and included questions about the quality of life in the community, local policies, demographics, rating of local government services, and residents’ use of services.
Movie aims to help police, those with developmental disorders stay safe
A “BE SAFE Interactive Movie Screening” will take place 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the La Plata Campus of the College of Southern Maryland.
This event is open to all teens and adults aged 13 and older who are diagnosed with autism or other intellectual or developmental disorders. Join others for a fun, non-threatening interactive session with first responders. Learn what to do when encountering the police, learn to follow instructions, ask for help and practice safety activities.
Law enforcement officers and other first responders are also encour- aged to attend. Disability service providers and special education professionals are also welcome to observe. The training is free and all materials are provided.
This training is conducted by the Arc of Southern Maryland and is hosted by the Autism Spectrum Support Group of Southern Maryland. For more information or to register, go to http://autismsupport-somd.org, and click on “BE SAFE Interactive Movie Screenings,” or call 240-561-8860. Space is limited.
‘Understanding autism’ training encouraged for police personnel
Training in “Understanding Autism and Other Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities” will be conducted noon-4 p.m. Feb. 9 at the La Plata Campus of the College of Southern Maryland.
This course is open to all law enforcement, firefighters, emergency service personnel and other first responders; the course is MPCTC, Corrections, and MIEMSS certified, and satisfies the state mandate that law enforcement be trained in the awareness of and strategies for effective interactions with individuals with autism and other intellectual and developmental disorders. Training must be completed by the end of 2017. This training is free and all materials are provided.
This training is conducted by Pathfinders for Autism and is hosted by the Autism Spectrum Support Group of Southern Maryland. For more information or to register, go to http://autismsupport-somd.org, and click on “Law Enforcement/ First Responder Training,” or call 240-561-8860.
County gov. announces February holiday schedule
The County Administrator wishes to remind residents of changes to normal operating schedules for the month of February. All offices, facilities, and services not listed will be operating their normal hours. Monday, Feb. 20 (President’s Day)
• All Charles County Government offices and the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville will be closed.
• The Nanjemoy Community Center, senior centers, and all school based community centers will be closed.
• Lackey, Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center, and North Point High indoor pools will be open from 1-9 p.m.
• Charles County Public Library will be closed (all branches).
• Charles County Health Department will be closed.
For questions about County Government holiday closures, contact the Public Information Office at 301-8852779 or PressRoom@ CharlesCountyMD.gov. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
Library system seeks community input to update services
In February of 2016, Charles County Public Library System Executive Director Janet Salazar led the six month planning process for developing a comprehensive three-year strategic plan (https://ccplonline.org/ upcoming/ccpl-strategic-plan-2016-2019).
As the library plans for innovative and meaningful community-centered services input is sought from county residents and supporters. The library invites residents as a part of the implementation of the strategic plan (see Plan Goals 1 & 4) to communicate their thoughts and suggestions by way of a community survey on the library’s website, http://www. ccplonline.org. Surveys will be available until 5 p.m. Feb. 11.
The information received from the surveys will help the library in planning and prioritizing its current services, allocating resources, and identifying new library services and programs. Public input will also help the library prepare for the possibility of building new branches and making building improvements at current locations, including the construction of a new La Plata branch.
Although input is encouraged via the online survey, participants may also:
• Go to the library’s web site (http://www. ccplonline.org) and complete the survey online;
• Complete a hard copy of the survey at one of the four local library branches — La Plata, Potomac, P.B. Brown, or Waldorf West; and
• Complete a hard copy of the survey at one of the senior centers in the county — Clark Center (La Plata), Indian Head Senior Center, and Nanjemoy Senior Center.