Residents look through donated food outside their apartment complex in Silver Spring. The adjacent apartment complex exploded and burned late Wednesday night. 2 people are still missing. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)

Montgomery County officials released an updated list on Friday of the things people could do to lend a hand to the victims of the explosion at a Silver Spring apartment.

Officials said goods and financial donations as well as volunteers — especially those who can volunteer as interpreters for affected families — are still needed.

Investigators and fire crews continued to look over the ruins of an apartment complex in Silver Spring. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)

Want to be an interpreter?

CASA Welcome Center is looking for people who can volunteer as an interpreter — both Spanish-English and French-English interpreters. Interested? Send an email to for more details.

Want to donate furniture?

You can contact A Wider Circle by calling (301) 608-3504. The program is located at 9151 Brookeville Rd. in Silver Spring and you can either call for a pick-up or drop-off furniture seven days a week.

Want to donate clothing, household items, toiletries, blankets and sheets?

Reach out to Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington, located at 501 Sligo Ave. in Silver Spring, by calling (301) 585-6556. Officials said no furniture please. A Spanish speaking case manager is available to answer questions.

Want to help sort through donations of goods?

You can also contact CASA Welcome Center for more information. Officials said the center is looking for volunteers to help with sorting and those interested can come to the Silver Spring location, 734 University Blvd. East, on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Want to make a financial donation?

County officials said people can make donations online by visiting From there, people can click on GiveDiect at the top right corner of the screen, type in an amount and a credit card number and the words “Long Branch Fire” in the comment box.

Here’s a few other ways to send in donations:

• Mail it to Montgomery Housing Partnership

(Attn: Long Branch Fire)

12200 Tech Road, Suite 250

Silver Spring, MD 20904

Write “LONG BRANCH FIRE” in check memo.

• Mail it to Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington or make a donation via online by visiting

PayPal donations are also accepted — mark all donations with the words “Emergency Fund.”