July 7, 2020

CHEER became a sociocracy in 2019. “A sociocratic organization can be organized very
differently than a traditional organization,” notes CHEER’s Executive Director Bruce Baker. This blog post relies heavily on a recent sociocracy orientation that Baker gave to various members of the CHE...

June 15, 2020

I first connected with CHEER in February of this year; I submitted a brief volunteer application online. Some months before that I meet John Brill, CHEER’s Community Empowerment Coordinator. John seemed like a great (and genuine) person and CHEER seemed like an organization that was doi...

June 4, 2020

We can restart from the pandemic to create a more equitable community.

The COVID-19 pandemic and all the economic and social turbulence of the recent past has exposed the pervasive inequality that exists in American society. Evidence of it is everywhere, even here in our own Takoma Park...

June 4, 2020

The coronavirus crisis continues. The virus is still working its way through our community. People are still getting sick and some are dying. Irrespective of how Maryland’s phased reopening progresses, COVID-19 and its repercussions will remain prominent issues for the foreseeable futur...

April 17, 2020

As the coronavirus crisis deepens in the Takoma Park and Long Branch areas, its lasting effects are far from clear. What’s become increasingly obvious is that COVID-19 has brought devasting economic consequences.

People will keep losing jobs. Unemployment claims will soar. Families will...

April 6, 2020

A local public health emergency is in process and economic challenges are now manifesting, which will require restructuring if we are to avoid deprivation and disaster for many in our community. Emergencies always affect the least connected and those with less resources, wealth and conn...

March 12, 2020

On March 5, the Long Branch Partners held a meeting at the Long Branch Community Recreation Center. Twenty-six people participated, and a range of organizations was represented. While CHEER facilitated the event, Morris Buster, the Director of the Long Branch Community Recreation Center...

November 13, 2019

My name is Angela Clemente and I'm 14 years old. I am Mexican-American and I speak both English and Spanish. I was born in the U.S.A but growing up I only learned to speak Spanish. English was never spoken

in my household because neither of my parents knew how to speak it. When I starte...

November 13, 2019

Ana Silvia Galeano began volunteering with CHEER in June 2019.  In looking for an opportunity to be involved with the community, Ana responded to a CHEER announcement for an Events Coordinator posted on the Montgomery County Volunteer Center website. Since then Ana has helped the Engage...

November 13, 2019

In September 2018, the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) approached CHEER to help reach Long Branch community members to become more connected to the Long Branch Stream which feeds into Sligo Creek. Because of CHEER’s connection to the Long Branch neighborhood, CHEER was able to bring do...

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