International Cultural Center

Mission

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.

Goals

  • 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.

History

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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ICC Crossroads Ramadan Appeal: Help Us Reach Our Fundraising Goal

Help Crossroads  provide critical mental health services and community resource coordination to refugees and recent immigrants from the Middle East, South Asia and North/East/West Africa living in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.   What will your money go towards? 1) Providing mental health counseling to clients, many of whom are survivors of torture and trauma; […]

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

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Crossroads participated in the annual Diversity Leadership hosted by The City of Rockville, Maryland Human Rights Commission  on Saturday, March 29, 2014. 20 students from Richard Montgomery, Rockville, Montgomery Blair and Wootton high schools and Montgomery College participated in activities that raised their awareness of broad notions of diversity and helped them develop skills they might use in reaching out to fellow students. Crossroads also took […]

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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.

Large Group Portrait

On June 16, 2015, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson met with the Montgomery County Executive’s Faith Community Working Group (FCWG) to discuss the Department’s ongoing efforts to safeguard local communities, and to explore how the Montgomery County Model (MCM) can be replicated across the country. This special event at the International Cultural Center brought together 120 […]

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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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With current events affecting the youth, law enforcement, and communities across the nation, Dr. King’s words challenge us to action in a way that will honor his legacy and make our communities safe. The Youth Summit, held on April 8, 2015, involved a dialogue on youth advocacy, community policing, strategies for curbing violence, and building […]

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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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