In predominantly affluent Takoma Park and Silver Spring, its easy to overlook the many individuals who struggle to get by. But ACSGW ensures that no one is forgotten, reaching out to the most vulnerable among us refugees and immigrants, at-risk youth, low-income seniors and helping them build independence and self-sufficiency. Donations of food, clothing, diapers, holiday baskets, and more help clients make ends meet during tough times. At the Learning Center, 8-week courses in English and computers boost job prospects for low-skilled workers; for more advanced students, training in computer repair and technical certifications increase earning power. Fitness programs and learning camps empower youth to make healthy choices and shape their own futures. And when emergencies strike (such as the 2016 apartment fire that displaced 60 families), crisis support makes a real difference. Serving nearly 3,000 families annually, ACSGW is always there to lend a hand. So can you.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County; Silver Spring, Takoma Park, East County and others

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Veterans/Military Families; Immigrants/Refugees

Schools They Work In: Montgomery County Public Schools

  • Pounds of food provided (food items distributed) annually (2018):   204,000 lbs. (163,000 meals)
  • Families Receiving Holiday Food Baskets distributed (2018):   1,300
  • Low-income youth served through the Making Tracks Academic Enrichment program (2018):   150
  • Piney Branch Indoor Swimming Pool usage by residents and low-income families (2017 to 2018):   19,300
  • Workforce Skills Training courses held (2018):   40

Awards & Recognition

CAFB PARTNER OF THE YEAR, 2019, presented to ACSGW by the Capital Area Food Bank
DR. NANCY DWORKIN OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO YOUTH AWARD, 2019, presented to Shirley Reed for work on the ACSGW Making Tracks Enrichment Program by the Montgomery County Commission on Children and Youth
PROCLAMATION OF CONGRATULATIONS for 35 years of service to the community, 2018, presented by Montgomery County Government (County Councilmember, Marc Elrich, and County Councilmember, George Leventhal
CARING HEART AWARD, 2018, presented to Ken Flemmer by Sligo SDA Church for work with ACSGW and its contributions to the community,


  • Furloughed workers struggle to make ends meet; local organizations step up
    Mon Jan 14 2019, ABC7 NEWS, WJLA  
    ACSGW begin holding PopUp Food Pantries for Government furloughed employees in December 2018

Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
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