The Ivy Community Charities is excited this month to showcase Daphne Benbow-Doyle who serves as the Deputy Director of the Office of Community Relations in the Office of the Prince George's County Executive (Maryland). In this capacity, she is the primary link to community outreach and manages a wide range of programs and activities that serve the neediest families across Prince George's County which has been one of the jurisdictions in the Washington, DC area that was hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
In May 2020, Daphne approached our organization as the County prepared to launch the Stand Up and Deliver Program, the County Executive's initiative to address the food insecurities that had exacerbated in Prince George's County due to the pandemic. Through Daphne's leadership and the various County partnerships that she and her team developed; a host of restaurants, churches, non-profits, and community advocates made available hot meals, desserts, produce boxes and poultry serving more than 7,000 residents each week. Additionally, the Stuff-a-Trunk initiative held prior to Thanksgiving provided more than 2,000 residents with bags and boxes of holiday fixings. In collaboration with the public safety offices of the County, Daphne was also able to secure 5,000 McDonald gift cards for children during the Toys 4 Tots event held in December. For Daphne, serving the community is a true labor of love and remarkable organizational efficiency for which Charities is sincerely grateful.