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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Annual Back to School Supply Drive – Donate by July 28, 2015

Did you know: 33% of kids in Montgomery County can’t afford school supplies. Extend your hand to help a needy child today! Donate school supplies or sponsor a student by donating $25 to the ICC. DONATE SCHOOL SUPPLIES Below is a school supply list provided by the Stepping Stones Shelter:  2 inch Binders  Folders […]

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.

Google Maps image of Mother Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun St Charleston, South Carolina

At the Silver Spring Civic Center on June 24, 2015 there was only standing room left at the prayer vigil in support of Mother Emanuel AME Church. The Black Ministers Conference, Faith Community Advisory Council, Montgomery County Offices of Human Rights and Community Partnerships, Jewish Community Relations Council, Montgomery County Muslim Foundation, Committee on Hate/Violence, […]

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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.


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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