News Release, Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives

Over 100 Multilingual Leaders Bring Life Saving Messaging and Actions to Diverse Communities

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Today, the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives announced the impact of longstanding, trusted relationships between commissionersfaith-based partners, and more than 2.7 million Marylanders from diverse communities they represent during COVID-19. 

“Maryland has always been a leader in demonstrating what inclusive and innovative civic engagement looks like and the enormous impact it can have on our communities,” said Steven McAdams, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives. “Governor Hogan has united service-minded individuals, which has empowered our state to act and come together during challenging times.”

As a community outreach arm for Governor Larry Hogan, the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives engages Maryland communities through the governor’s ethnic and cultural commissions, as well as faith-based partners, to connect with the diverse populations in our state, alert the state about real-time needs of communities across Maryland, and deliver the voices of citizens to state leadership. 

“Particularly during this COVID-19 timeframe, our office acts as a liaison to promote collaboration between Marylanders and their representatives to find solutions,” said Winston Wilkinson, Chief of Staff for the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives. “This includes serving others, amplifying life-saving messages from the governor, and tapping into Maryland’s diverse communities who are willing and able to fulfill critical needs.”

Commissioners and faith-based partners reached out to both established and new partners, which resulted in sharing state resources from 15 agencies and offices; translating COVID-19 information into 18 languages; the donation of more than 16,700 personal protective equipment items and 40,800 pounds of food; and assisting more than 2,300 families, individuals, and patients. Below are some of the highlights from various partners who are serving Marylanders:

The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives’ faith-based partners have continued their excellent civic, humanitarian, and religious services during the COVID-19 crisis. Governor Hogan proclaimed April 5 at noon as a Moment of Prayer and Reflection – especially for medical professionals and first responders dedicated to protecting Marylanders during the health emergency. Faith-based leaders from diverse communities responded to the Governor’s call by organizing virtual prayers statewide. Many of these leaders also joined the Governor’s advisory group of faith-based organizations established as part of the “Maryland Strong” recovery plan to provide recommendations related to public worship and reopening the state.