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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Good Deeds Day – Youth Against Hunger: Sun., March 15 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Good Deeds Day is an annual celebration of good deeds. All over the world, hundreds of thousands choose to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world.   In […]

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.

December 2, 2014

Over 50 people from many different faith communities attended the “Security Training for Faith Based Organizations” on December 2, 2014, which was hosted at Adat Shalom in Bethesda. Our presenters provided a two hour free training which taught participants how to secure their institutions and houses of worship – as well as how to protect […]

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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.

Assistant State’s Attorney Steve Chaikin speaks with a volunteer about internet safety.

On January 18th, 2015, the International Cultural Center was privileged to host the MLK Day of Service. Nearly 150 people from all ages and walks of life came together to make 1000 sandwiches and 2500 cereal packs for several area shelters. In addition the ICC had the honor of hearing Steve Chaikin, Division Chief, Community […]

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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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