The mission of the MCCF is to preserve and improve the quality of life for all current and future residents of Montgomery County, Maryland. Since its founding in 1925, the volunteers of the MCCF have committed themselves to providing an effective citizen voice to government policy makers, both elected and appointed.
The Civic Federation is a not-for-profit, county-wide umbrella group designed to promote cooperation, education, and effectiveness of civic and community associations in Montgomery County. It addresses a wide range of concerns in transportation, land use, environment, education, budget and finance, health and human services, public safety, and ethics. With its strength of numbers and thoroughness of its deliberations, the Federation influences county policy and balances the activities of vested county pressure groups.
The MCCF membership consists of neighborhood associations, as well as homeowner and condominium associations, which appoint voting delegates to the Federation. In addition, individuals may join as nonvoting Individual Associates. The membership year runs from July 1 through the following June 30.
The Federation meets monthly, on the second Monday evening of each month (except July and August), but check our Calendar to see the venue (see link below); we’ve been meeting virtually via Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic. Most monthly delegate assemblies include an informational program, on a timely topic of interest, followed by the business portion of the meeting. The public is welcome — nay, even urged! — to attend.
The MCCF monitors county and state policies and legislation affecting our communities and quality of life. It also conducts in-depth studies of critical issues, and often adopts Resolutions or positions on them which are communicated to government. Recognized as the primary voice of residents, the Federation is given representation on several county boards, commissions, advisory committees, and working groups.
The monthly MCCF newsletter, Civic Federation News, keeps our members and the public informed on issues (see link below). It comes in both a clickable online version and a “print” version — without hyperlinks — to fit 8-1/2"x11" paper.
The MCCF currently bestows three awards to those who have provided outstanding public service to the people of the county.
We regularly honor people and organizations from our community who are working hard to make the county a better place for all of us.
“The Birth of the Montgomery County Civic Federation” was written by Charles Wolff in May 2015 and explains how the MCCF came to be.
For a concise list of Montgomery County’s “movers and shakers” since 1925, you need look no further.