Paws for a Cause

 Article Danielle S. Tepper | Photography Jack Hartzman  Four years ago, the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center opened its doors to local pet lovers. A multimillion-dollar state-of-the-art facility 20 years in the making, MCASAC has become the largest open-admission animal shelter in the county, operated by the animal services division of the police department.  Those who step inside…

Sunflower Café

 Article Tyra Wilkes | Photography Monica Vidal  Sunflower Café is a local gem dedicated to building a productive and inclusive community. Located in Gaithersburg, Sunflower Café trains young adults with learning differences in baking, pastry arts and job training in preparation for employment.  Co-founders Laurie Wexler and Sara Milner wanted to design a program dedicated to preparing their students for…

Freshfarm Nourishes Consumers’ Bodies and Hearts

At one time or another, everyone has found themselves at a Freshfarm farmers market stocking up on goods from the local nonprofit, whose farmer community generated nearly 11 million in revenue through markets in 2017, including nearly $100,000 in matching dollars to recipients of nutrition benefit programs, allowing them to double their spending power and bring home fresh fruits and…