Delegate Nicole Williams Newsletter - December
Dear Neighbors and Friends -
As we usher in the holiday season, I wish everyone a festive and happy end to the 2023 year! December is generally a time for reflection and plans for the upcoming year. As for me, I am ready to be back in Annapolis in less than one month and begin the work of legislating! As we all prepare for the future, we have so much to be thankful and excited for.
Have a wonderful Holiday season and please use and share the resources listed below!
Article of the Month
Shop Made in Maryland Now Open in nearby College Park
A store that exclusively sells goods made by Maryland artists and crafters opened on December 7th, just in time for holiday shopping! Located at 7401 Baltimore Ave, this location features prints from local artists, mugs, travel bags, candles, and jewelry made by over one hundred Maryland residents. The shop also features a cafe with delicious pastries, espresso drinks, and other various selections. This amazing new location will also host regular classes on crafts, Wine & Watercolors on Fridays, ornament-making, and other various activities. Normal store hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. If you’re a Maryland resident interested in your items being sold at Shop Made, apply here.
Prince George’s County Health Connect
Prince George’s County presents Open Enrollment, where trained experts can help you get a 2024 health plan that works for you! Open enrollment will last until January 15th, 2024. Click the graphic above for more information!
Prince George’s County Police Department
The Prince George’s County Police Department is now hiring School Crossing Guards. If you are interested in helping keep our children safe, please click the graphic above.
Artificial Intelligence Empowerment Training
Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation presents the C-Suite Accelerator Program powered by FOUNDERTRAC and Innovation Station Business Incubator (ISBI). The program will provide Prince George’s County-based women and minority-owned companies access to FOUNDERTRAC’s online information/acceleration portal. These cohort-based sessions will focus on leadership, marketing, finance, and product development, along with open sessions with experts and mentors! Click the graphic above to apply.
Nicole in the Community
Community Grocery Giveaway
The Department of Social Services will be hosting a community grocery giveaway on Thursday, December 21st, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Come get some groceries a couple of days before Christmas! Please note that service is allotted to guests in cars!
The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) has announced that qualified plug-in electric vehicle owners can apply for a new HOV (High-Occupancy Vehicle) permit. The MVA began accepting applications on June 12th through this portal or by visiting an MVA branch office. Please note that prior permit holders should remove expired vehicle permits and reapply for new ones. The new program includes a $5 application fee valid through September 30, 2025. Any further information regarding the new HOV permit program can be found using this link.
Prince George’s County Department of Housing Community Development 2023-2024 Affordable Housing Portfolio:
The Portfolio Lists over forty upcoming and completed senior living communities and multi-family dwellings, now available to County residents. You can watch the promotional video here to access more information about the new portfolio.
If you are currently facing housing or rental concerns due to financial hardships, the organizations listed below can provide some support:
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.