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Penn PlaceGIVES (a 501(c)(3) organization) began in 1973 with a group of Garrett Park residents who were determined to do something to help relieve hunger locally & internationally. Even after over 40 years, the need to feed, clothe, house and provide training for those less fortunate remains at an all-time high. Our volunteers collect money once a month at the P.O. lobby and at the GP Farmer's Market.

How is my donation used?  Half of each month’s collection is sent to Stepping Stones Shelter (, a Montgomery County-based shelter in Rockville which offers support to homeless families with children. The other half is sent to Thrive DC (, a local organization helping to feed hungry men and women and provide them with support services they need to live with dignity. Also for them, GIVES collects toiletries year-round.

What does GIVES stand for? Garrett Park Intercommunity Voluntary Experiment in Sharing.

For further info, to volunteer (only 2 hours/year) or ask about Gift Donation Cards, please contact the officers below. If you'd like to make a donation by mail, please send to G.I.V.E.S., Inc., PO Box 331, Garrett Park, MD 20896.

 Rana Koll-Mandel
 Nancy Walz
 Jenny Krivanek 301-461-1104