January 3, 2020
From: Irma F. Dillard Rogers
To: The MLK-CDC Board & Membership
As we come to the close of a Decade, I take this opportunity to update the membership on the many milestones during the past 16 years. The Martin Luther King – Community Development Corporation continues to exemplify itself as a very worthwhile organization with positive partnerships and alliances throughout the city and parish.
Including annual programs beginning in January with support for our local historical parades and Black History events to December with Christmas Outreach, 2019 was very fruitful and a full year of activities. Listed are several of the organization’s programs:
Monthly and yearly events still include such items as Great American Clean Up sponsored by Shreveport Green which denotes there are fewer places in MLK which require our attention for cleanliness – Continuing to present Crime Statistics and Property Standards reports a on a monthly basis to inform the citizenry of our low crime rate for the area’s size and number of people – Enhanced Tutoring Projects have been expanded to include Spring & Fall Sessions for the last few years, with a special Summer Session added in 2018.
The organization continues to serve as a major sponsor in support of four summer camps for the youth all over the City and Parish – primarily through partnerships with the SPD and others – offered the parenting forum during annual Back to School Give-Away, along with free haircuts with more than 250 backpacks full of supplies for area students given away at this event – school uniforms are still our first vanguard for approximately 10 years based on grant funds and given each month as the need arises to qualified students – In October assisted with disseminating information for Neighborhood Watch Group Participation & National Night Out Gatherings – Fall Community Forum on Crime Prevention and Education targeted Domestic Violence this past year – Monthly Senior Socialization Programs which provides a hot meal is also offered now twice monthly for area seniors – Community Outreach Programs which included – Thanksgiving with over 125 turkey baskets delivered and Christmas outreach shopping for the underserved for more than 100 children in need of warm clothing. Also, for the first time this year partnering with the Hawg Riders Motorcycle Club to offer toys to those students who were referred from the Homeless Education Assistance Program during the Christmas outreach
However, the opening of the” Crown Jewel” of our efforts for the past several years was realized by the Special Projects Team with the completion of the Lane Project; a new Public Facility Building which will now offer many more services to the community. I offer the thanks and gratitude from the total membership to our supporters and partners, Mrs. Bonnie Moore and staff of the city’s Community Development Office across three administrations. There are many other services offered and various endeavors too numerous to name at this juncture, as we also partner with several other organizations to support their community efforts. Thus, as the MLK-CDC embarks upon a new decade: Please, please – remember – generous membership support is the first and most important step in our fundraising efforts.
We look forward to another decade of great service to the community.
Irma D. Rogers