Cheryl W. Owens, President
Welcome to the Ivy Community Charities of Prince George’s County, Inc.!
As the President of the Ivy Community Charities of Prince George’s County, Inc. (Charities), I am extremely proud and honored to have the privilege of representing and leading the 500-plus members of our organization. Collectively, Charities is committed to ensuring the most effective use of our resources, as well as tapping into and engaging the extraordinary talents of our leaders, members, and community partners by efficiently managing our funds to maximize our impact for the residents of Prince George’s County.
Over the past 33 years, we have made significant impacts in the community through numerous programs that address or fill various educational, health, and social gaps created by an ever-changing economic environment. These services include: enhancing educational achievement through tutoring, scholarships, mentoring, assisting with the college application process, and social development programs; encouraging healthy lifestyles through health education and sizeable contributions to various medical research organizations; supporting families in need through our shoe bank, and donations to the Lions Club and Soles to Souls organizations; strengthening our linkage to some of the most vulnerable residents by working with elderly residents at a rehabilitation center; and celebrating the arts by exposing our youth to various forms of the fine arts. We are also continuing to enhance our fundraising efforts by garnering increased support from current and new corporate partners.
in 2012, we purchased a facility in Suitland, Maryland to house our programs of service, known as the Ivy Youth and Family Center (IYFC). which officially opened in the spring of 2015 after significant rehabilitation. In the spring of 2019, we also purchased the property adjacent to the Ivy Youth and Family Center which will be used to create the Ivy VINE (the Ivy Village Incubator for Non-Profit Excellence), a facility where we will assist other non-profits achieve their maximum potential through the provision of office space and training. We are continuing our capital campaign efforts to make sure both of these facilities meet our vision of excellence in sustainable community service and operational needs,
In the words of Michelle Obama, ‘We’ve got a responsibility to live up to the legacy of those who came before us by doing all we can to help those who come after us.” I am extremely grateful for the leadership of those who served before me, the Board of Directors, the leadership team, members, and community partners who believe in our mission, and who will be walking with me on this exciting journey of providing excellence in sustainable community service. I invite and encourage you to join us as we continue to leave a positive impact and legacy in Prince George’s County!