International Cultural Center


ICC is a community center where people of diverse backgrounds can come together to engage in community building programs, social action projects and educational programs built to promote pluralism and social cohesion based on mutual respect and harmonious coexistence.


  • Promote the participation of individuals and families with various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds in civic engagement, cross-cultural and interfaith dialogue, and community service.
  • Develop a vibrant community of engaged citizens with the resources to peacefully mitigate any social and political conflict through effective cross-cultural approaches.
  • Decrease a culture of misunderstandings, fear and violence.


Realizing that real action and change must take place at the community level, in 2011 WORDE established the International Cultural Center (ICC). The establishment of this center, located in a 10,000 square foot facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland, has given WORDE the wonderful opportunity to transform policy into action.

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MCM Open House – Open to Public: Thu., Dec. 17

MCM Open House Open to Public Thu., Dec. 17 The International Cultural Center (ICC) in partnership with Montgomery County Faith Community Working Group (FCWG) and Gaithersburg Interfaith Alliance (GIA) invites you to an open house to learn more about our Montgomery County Model (MCM). Please save the date. We look forward to seeing you at […]

The Crossroads Program provides culturally proficient counseling and access to social services for Montgomery County residents (with low to moderate incomes).

Youth Summit 2015

On October 16, 2015, the International Cultural Center partnered with fellow community organizations such as Identity, Gaithersburg High School and the MCPD, in order to launch and facilitate the Youth & Law Enforcement Summit. The event hosted 75 students in grades 9-12 and involved a dialogue on youth advocacy, community policing, strategies for curbing violence, […]

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The ICC’s dynamic community building programs are designed to foster mutual respect for various cultural and ethnic traditions, while developing new friendships and avenues for collaboration.

Briefer Response #2

Nyambura Mundia, WORDE Visiting Fellow from Kenya, and Bonventure Chengeck, with the County Executive’s Office of Community Partnerships gave informative presentations about their experiences to-date working in Montgomery County on issues that promote social cohesion and greater public safety. Mundia and Chengeck are here as part of an exchange program established by the State Department’s […]

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Over the last year, youth and families from the Greater Washington DC area have participated in a range of activities at the ICC that promote social action through service-learning projects.

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Approximately 105 people gathered to make 700 sandwiches, cut 100 pounds of fresh vegetables and create 2500 cereal packs for local area shelters at Youth Against Hunger on October 25, 2015. In the tradition of community spirit which defines Youth Against Hunger, families and youth set record time – eagerly making the sandwiches in less […]

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Attend hands-on workshops, seminars and town hall discussions with policymakers, analysts and academics on critical issues that affect our community such as conflict resolution, domestic violence, and the impact of violence on our youth.

Speaker Kolya Braun-Greiner, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake

On February 9th, the ICC hosted 60 people from diverse faith traditions who came together to increase community awareness of issues related to water quality at “Greening Our Sacred Grounds”. Speakers included Paul Hlavinka of the Muddy Branch Alliance and Rev. Mary Gaut from Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake. The following presentations engaged congregations in […]

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