Li­brary teams up with Life­styles for home­less count

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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.

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