Frequently Asked Questions

Is Interfaith Works a religious organization?
No. We are a non-sectarian organization that has many programs through which neighbors help neighbors in need in Montgomery County, Maryland through donations of time, funds and in-kind contributions. Over 4,800 individuals volunteer with our programs each year, including corporate and civic groups, individuals and groups from our membership — over 165 congregations of many faith traditions who find common ground through service to neighbors. Won’t you join us?

Is Interfaith Works a government agency?
No. Many of our programs receive public support from federal, state, county and municipal funding sources, but we are an independent 501(c)(3) agency.

Montgomery County is affluent. Why do people in Montgomery County need help?
Montgomery County is home to almost 1 million people. While many residents are affluent, many individuals and families struggle economically because the cost of living here is one of the highest in the nation and workers in low-wage jobs cannot easily support their families. Some startling facts:

    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the County is $1,200/month. That is the entire paycheck of someone working full-time at minimum wage.
    • Our first-rate school system educates 140,000 students each year. One in three of these students — over 50,000 children — qualify for free and reduced price meals through the Federal government program for low-income children.
    • On any given day, 1,100 residents of the County are homeless — one-third of whom are children. Over the course of a year, 4,000 people in our community experience homelessness.
    • Over 70,000 residents of the County each year qualify to receive food from local food banks. Hunger is a big problem too.

I am interested in volunteering. Are there opportunities for me to help?
YES! Please click here to visit our Volunteer page. Volunteers are critical to our programs, and we have opportunities for individuals, families or even larger groups. Our programs qualify for community service credit with most schools and we have many opportunities for youth. Some jobs are ongoing and many are just one-time needs. If you have a special skill, we are sure to be able to put it to good use. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!

I need help or know of a family in need. Can you help?

Montgomery County’s Crisis Center (240-777-4000) at 1301 Piccard Drive in Rockville can provide a referral for services through the Department of Health and Human Services. The Crisis Center is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for both telephone and walk-in services. More information is here.

Interfaith Works Connections program also links low-income residents of Montgomery County to the resources they need. Our Outreach Coordinator, bilingual in English and Spanish, conducts comprehensive needs assessments and gathers information to make referrals to appropriate partner providers for food, vocational services, legal assistance, health services, emergency services and child care. To begin, call 240-641-6308 for Interfaith Works Connections.

Homeless families with children should go to the closest Department of Health & Human Services location between 9am-5pm.

Single, homeless adults from Montgomery County can visit Interfaith Works Empowerment Center at 8601 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm. From November through March, the facility also provides safe overnight shelter from the cold. Intake hours are 8-10 pm. First come, first served. Call 301.585.4471 for more information.

I have clothing I want to donate. Do you need it?
Yes! Our Interfaith Clothing Center in Rockville is open to receive donations Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 4:30pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 2pm. We are closed on Sundays and Mondays, and select holidays. Thank you for your support!

I am interested in working for Interfaith Works. Whom should I contact?
Please visit our employment page to learn of any current openings.