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SERVING OUR COMMUNITY

The Upcounty Consolidation Hub at BlackRock provides much needed food and essentials to families in our community which have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

an arts center turned into a food & supply distribution center
THE STORY

BlackRock Center for the Arts has long been the leading venue for performing arts in Upper Montgomery. Our mission has always been to provide access to exceptional arts for all. 

 

However, last year, the world changed and so did our role in Upcounty Montgomery County. Stepping up as an anchor for our community we worked with several partners to create the Upcounty Consolidation Hub (The Hub).  

 

In a matter of days, our award-winning Kay Gallery became home base for storing, sorting, packing, and delivering much-needed food, baby, and household supplies that now serve approximately 1,000 families every single week.

So, yes. The last year has brought with it significant challenges. But, as we learned, it also brought with it opportunities to grow and change. Most importantly, it gave us an opportunity to bring people and organizations together in the service of others during a crisis.

Therefore, we invite you to join us for our virtual One Year Anniversary of The Upcounty Hub. The evening will be a celebration of community, collaboration, and partnerships. Click below to purchase your tickets or become a sponsor!

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“BlackRock has always had the support of so many people in upper Montgomery County. In these challenging and uncertain times, it's important that we step forward and give back to the community that generously supports us.”

- Lynn Andreas Arndt, CEO

 
THE WAYS
how you can give back through The Upcounty Hub @ BlackRock

SUPPORT

​Knowing the economic impact of the virus on our community, BlackRock is making it easy for generous individuals, like you, to give what is in your heart.

 

We created several options for you to donate and give back to the community in which we serve.

DONATE

Please view our most current list of needed items or order from our Amazon List or select from our most needed items list below. 

 

Donations Accepted

Monday - Friday | 9 AM - 4 PM

Donation Drop-Off 

BlackRock in rear parking lot

12901 Town Commons Drive

Germantown, MD 20874 

Drop-off Requirements

All persons must practice physical distancing and wear a mask when dropping off items. 

 

To schedule bulk or large donations, please email hub@blackrockcenter.org.

VOLUNTEER

The Upcounty at BlackRock coordinates its volunteers through our valued, long-term partner

KindWorks. 

If you are interested in volunteering for the Upcounty Hub at BlackRock, please contact KindWorks to get more information and sign-up.

SPECIAL DRIVE

Saturday, April 10 from 11 AM - 1 PM

William B. Gibbs Elementary School

 

Help us fill up our delivery van with much-needed personal hygiene and baby products this coming Saturday. Safely drive by with your donations or ship directly from our Amazon Wish List. Our Top 10 Most needed items are: 

● Shampoo/Conditioner
● Razors/Shaving cream
● Diapers (Sizes 2-6)
● Adult Diapers (gender-neutral)
● Pull-Ups

● Honey (plastic bottles appreciated)
● Granola/ Cereal/ Snack bar assortment
● Assorted Canned Vegetables
● Canned Chicken
● Mini Fruit Cups Assortment

MOST NEEDED ITEMS

  • Tea Bags (all flavors)

  • Bottled Honey

  • Shelf-stable Milk

  • Individual Sweeteners

  • Pedialyte

  • Breakfast Cereal (all flavors)

HOUSEHOLD

  • Gift Cards of Any Denomination (Target, Wal-Mart, Giant, Safeway,  Visa)

  • Paper Plates Cups

  • Individually Wrapped Plastic Fork, Knives, and Spoons

  • Deoderant

  • Shaving Cream

FOOD & DRINK

 
GET SUPPORT

The Upcounty Hub at BlackRock distributes food and essentials to families in the following ways.

DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE

DRIVE-THROUGH FOOD & SUPPLY PICK-UP

HOME DELIVERIES

HOME DELIVERIES ARE MADE WEEKLY ON THURSDAYS

Receipients must be within service area. Zip codes currently being supported: 

20841 * 20871 * 20872 * 20874 * 20876 * 20879 * 20886

THE WORD
what people are saying about The Upcounty Hub @ BlackRock

HOME DELIVERIES: 

Households struggling with COVID, the elderly, the disabled, or those without transportation. 

Tuesdays @ 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Thursdays @ 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM 

Friday @ 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

DRIVE-THROUGH DISTRIBUTIONS

Open to anyone in need. 

Scheduled on Tues & Weds
See below for exact dates & locations

DO YOU OR YOUR FAMILY NEED SUPPORT? 

Click here to contact us

Emai us at hub@blackrockcenter.org

Call us at 240.912.1077

Monday - Friday | 10 AM - 3 PM 

Spanish Translation Available

Please note that the Upcounty Hub at BlackRock does not provide clothing, shelter, rental, or bill assistance. However, we can connect you to the right county resources if you are in need.

 

Montgomery County Council Proclamation

"BlackRock has stepped up to provide live-saving support to their community. The county is replicating the model at the Upcounty 

Consolidation of Hub in other areas. Your work will go down in history in terms of what has been done for your community and beyond.”

- Councilmember Nancy Navarro

Sharing the Story of the Upcounty Hub

"That reality of taking this idea of a regional hub and making it the spoke to where it's actually now sending out to all the areas that need it. It... It's a tremendous response to the need that we are seeing in our communities."

- Councilmember Craig Rice

Additional Media

 
who helps make The Upcounty Hub @ BlackRock possible
THE PARTNERS

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead

The Upcounty Consolidation Hub is made possible through our strong partnerships that span across public, private, and non-profit sectors. It is through these partnerships and their generous donations of money, items, and effort that we are able to sustain and support food and supply delivery to approximately 1,000 families every single week. Thank you for all you do in our community and beyond! 

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THE TEAM
who makes The Upcounty Hub @ BlackRock happen every single day

LYNN ANDREAS ARNDT

BlackRock Center for the Arts

Chief Executive Officer 

larndt@blackrockcenter.org

GRACE RIVERA-OVEN

Upcounty Hub at BlackRock

Co-Founder & Sr. Prog. Director

goriveria@blackrockcenter.org

GLENDA ALFARO 

Upcounty Hub at BlackRock

Administrative Assistant

galfraro@blackrockcenter.org

YOSSELYN ESPINOZA-RODRIGUEZ

Upcounty Hub at BlackRock

Hub Assistant

yrodriguez@blackrockcenter.org

NIKKI HADDAD

Upcounty Hub at BlackRock

Volunteer Coordinator 

nhaddad@blackrockcenter.org

PAOLA LOPEZ

Upcounty Hub at BlackRock

Adminstrative Assistant

plopez@blackrockcenter.org

AMANDA MOSKOWITZ

Upcounty Hub at BlackRock

Dir. of Marketing & Comms

amoskowitz@blackrockcenter.org

RAVEN NIENABER

Upcounty Hub at BlackRock

Hub Assistant 

rnienaber@blackrockcenter.org

MADISON OSTROWSKI

Upcounty Hub at BlackRock

Hub Assistant

mostrowski@blackrockcenter.org

CHRISTIAN OVEN

Upcounty Hub at BlackRock

Hub Assistant

coven@blackrockcenter.org

MARKO RIVERA-OVEN

Upcounty Hub at BlackRock

Senior Program Coordinator

moven@blackrockcenter.org

KRISTINA SMITH

Upcounty Hub at BlackRock

Program Coordinator

ksmith@blackrockcenter.org

ROMA VENKATESWARAN

Upcounty Hub at BlackRock

Hub Assistant

rvenkateswaran@blackrockcenter.org

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The Germantown Cultural Arts Center, Inc dba BlackRock Center for the Arts is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County Government and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

BLACKROCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS

12901 Town Commons Drive

Germantown, MD 20874 

 

301.528.2260 

info@blackrockcenter.org

By Appointment

Monday - Friday | 10 AM - 6 PM

THE UPCOUNTY HUB AT BLACKROCK

12901 Town Commons Drive

Germantown, MD 20874 

 

240.912.1077

hub@blackrockcenter.org

Donations | Mon-Fri | 9 AM - 4 PM

Distribution | Tue & Wed | 2 - 4 PM

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