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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Earn $25-$50 by participating in a focus group or survey

We’re partnering with the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in research to discover ways to bring the diverse cultural communities of Montgomery County closer together, and to make our communities safer for everyone: including your friends, your family, and you.   This project is a multi-faceted, community-led effort to promote resiliency and the prevention of violence. It […]

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


On Tuesday, April 8 the Montgomery Commission for Women hosted a discussion on the challenges confronting Muslim women, especially new immigrants, including issues of faith, identity and integration into American society at the Executive Office Building in downtown Rockville.  With over 60 participants made up of social service providers, interfaith community members, MCPS school personnel […]

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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.

In partnership with the City of Gaithersburg, the ICC gathered a diverse group of Montgomery County youth, who learned (in just 3 hours) video editing skills, and then created a unique short film on the topic of alienation. These videos were based upon the students’ own creative works (original artistic content from the previous justArt […]

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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.

Many ways to skin a cucumber...

For our Youth Against Hunger program on February 23rd, 2014, the ICC was privileged to have Elizabeth McGlynn as its guest speaker. As Executive Director of Girls on the Run, Elizabeth was pleased to see so many young people gathered at February’s event (yet another packed house at the ICC!) and she was kind enough to […]

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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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