MoCo ReConnect

Affirming service navigation for LGBTQ youth in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Holiday 2020 Gift Card Drive

Support LGBTQ+ youth in Montgomery County this holiday season! SMYAL and MoCo Reconnect serve queer and trans youth in Montgomery County, many of whom are struggling through the pandemic alone.  To make the season a little brighter, we’re running a holiday gift card drive! In order for these young people to have the flexibility to purchase what they really want and need, and to avoid traveling as much as possible, we’re requesting gift cards that can be easily used for online purchases, specifically, Amazon, Target, or Visa/MC/Amex gift cards.

Gift Cards can be mailed to SMYAL’s office at:

Attn: Connor Hegel
410 7th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

If you prefer to go digital, E-gift cards can be emailed to

We’ll be accepting cards between now and January 10th.  If you mail a gift card, please email me so that I can be on the lookout for it.  Thank you so much for your support, if you have any questions, please reach out.


As part of MoCo ReConnect, SMYAL can help you get connected to:

Educational Support
Housing Referrals
Mental Health Service Referrals
Case Management
Health Care Referrals
and other Supportive Services

To learn more about our accessing services, contact LGBTQ Services Navigator Connor Hegel at

Am I eligable?

To access these services, you must fit the following criteria:

  • Live in Montgomery County
  • Be between the ages of 16-24
  • Currently not attending high school or are at risk of dropping out of high school
  • or have graduated high school but are in need of assistance, not employed, or connected to higher education.

Where are you located?

We serve all of Montgomery County, appointments can be made by phone or email, with offices located in Silver Spring.

Who should I contact?

To learn more or access these services, please contact Connor Hegel.

Phone: 240-812-2009

Explore all services offered by MoCo Reconnect at

MoCo ReConnect is an initiative of the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth, and Families Inc. whereby partner organizations work together to reconnect youth and young adults to educational, workforce and community based services.