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Delegate Nicole Williams Newsletter - A Dream Fulfilled



Dear Neighbors and Friends -


I apologize for the error in this week's newsletter. We are now in the third week of session at the Maryland General Assembly. On Wednesday, January 18th, using the Bible which belonged to Frederick Douglas our newly elected Governor, Wes Moore, became the first African American Governor for the State of Maryland. We also experienced a two for one historical event on that day as the first Indian American Woman, Lieutenant Governor, Aruna Miller was elected to the Maryland Legislature.

We are also ecstatic to hear that Governor Wes Moore's first initiative provides $69 million towards abortion training, Cannabis funding, and more. According to CBS News, "$69 million of [the] previously unavailable funds will be released to help with issues such as the regulation and taxation of recreational of cannabis, an insurance fund to assist with paid family leave for some state workers, further protections for abortion rights, and initiatives to slow the rate of climate change." We look forward to the Governor and Lieutenant Governor's next steps for the 2023 Session!


- Nicole

 

District 22 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service


The Seabrook Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lanham, Maryland held our Community Food Distribution and Resource Fair on Monday, January 16th to celebrate Martin Luther King Day. The event participantspresented information about their services and programs.


We are also happy to report that almost ALL of the meals were distributed during the event! We would also like to thank Seabrook Seventh Day Adventist Church and our sponsors for organizing this special event, as well as all who participated. We appreciate your efforts, genuine concern, and service to our community.



Listed below are some of the organizations that were at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Event. They, along with the volunteers, assisted in giving out some of the meals that were provided by some of the restaurants in District 22.


Employ Prince George's County is a workforce development organization that offers a full range of assistance to job seekers and businesses. This service has access to over 10,000 jobs and provides tuition assistance for job seekers. If you are looking for qualified workers or the opportunity to improve the productivity of businesses visit: www.EmployPG.org/events


The Pearl Elegance Foundation is the Philanthropic arm of The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. This Chapter supports college students in need of scholarship funds as well as individuals in need of food, shelter and clothing. For more information visit the website at www.PEFINC.ORG.


Maryland Multicultural Youth Center provides services to diverse and immigrant populations in need of housing, clothing, and food. Many of their clients are Latino, African American, and Muslim families. This center also provides classes for English as a second language. For more information: https://www.layc-dc.org/.

 

COVID-19 Update


According to the CDC, COVID-19 Community levels are measured as Low, Medium and High. At this time Prince George’s County is measuring at the level of Medium. Older adults (50 years and older), individuals who are immunocompromised or have underlying medical or cardiac conditions should take necessary precautions to stay safe. Please click here to find the closest COVID-19 testing facility near you in Prince George's County.

 

Article of the Week


In light of the District 22 Delegation Scholarships going live next week on my website, here is our Article of the Week:


According to the Greenbelt News Review, three Roosevelt Seniors are selected as Posse Scholars. Along with those three, a total of twelve students have been selected for this award! Click henicolre for The Greenbelt News Review article.


 

Housing Resources


If you are currently facing housing or rental concerns due to financial hardship, the organizations listed below can provide some support:

  • Maryland Homeowner Assistance Fund offers support mortgage relief, weatherization, housing counseling, and legal services.

  • Housing Counseling Services Inc. offers a variety of MD housing and rental assistance resources including but not limited to housing counseling, foreclosure prevention, utility assistance, and veteran support services

  • 211 Maryland's database can connect you with local programs and resources, call 2-1-1 to speak with an Information and Referral Specialist or visit their website





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