Religious groups like the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities USA, Lutheran Services in America, and Jewish Family Services have long been among the leading providers of social services in many parts of the United States. A portion of the proceeds from the 2017 Montgomery County Interfaith 5K will continue those traditions by supporting the local Montgomery County Community. In 2017, race profits will be donated to Gaithersburg HELP and C-4, two local, faith-based emergency assistance providers.
Gaithersburg Help: To meet the immediate needs of families affected by financial challenges, local churches and synagogues joined together to form Gaithersburg HELP in an effort to provide short-term assistance in a coordinated fashion. Today, the Gaithersburg HELP network is comprised of more than 25 member congregations and 160 volunteers working together to help those in need within the greater Gaithersburg area. They also receive substantial support from local businesses and civic organizations. A team of committed translators helps serve our diverse community, especially Spanish-speaking clients. To learn more, please visit Gaithersburg HELP.
C-4: C-4 is an interfaith group founded in 1968 to serve the needs of the Colesville Community. Currently, C-4 has 19 member organizations representing many different religious faiths located within the Colesville Corridor, including Christian, Jewish, and Muslim congregations united in community service. Any Montgomery County resident who can show some proof of need is eligible to shop at C-4 FREE OF CHARGE. C-4 has 4 main arms: the Clothes Closet, the Baby Closet, the Holiday Toy Closet, and the School Supply Program. With just one part-time employee, volunteers and donations of both time and money are always needed.