For this week’s blog post, we would like to shine the spotlight on another great community organization: Beverly Cunningham Outreach Program. The 501(c) (3) non-profit public charity was launched in 2010 by Roderick Cunningham to honor his late mother, Beverly, who was a victim of domestic violence. Beverly was a mother and day-care provider “whose love for children overflowed and touched the life of many others.” The mission of the organization is to provide advocacy and rehabilitation services to victims and survivors of domestic violence. The foundation is also an outlet for youth who are at risk of becoming victims of violence, substance abuse and impacted by health issues.
The Beverly Cunningham Outreach Program has many programs to help victims and survivors of domestic violence including individual and group counseling for domestic violence, financial literacy programs for teens to adults, specific counseling for the needs of children from young through teenagers and training for life skills such as job training and parenting. The foundation sets up programs with local groups such as: Operation Hope, DeKalb Rape Crisis Center, SO Speak Out Productions, Safe Haven Transitional and Empower Success Today. Roderick Cunningham also reaches out to the community by being a member on local boards and coalitions such as the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Strengthening Families & Communities Coalition of American and the Georgia Department of Labor-DeKalb/Rockdale Employer Committee.
On November 16th, the Beverly Cunningham Outreach Program will be having its 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at This Is It BBQ & Seafood restaurant in Lithonia, Georgia from 1 to 4pm. This meal helps an estimated 150 children and immediate family members, who have been victims or who are survivors of domestic violence or are part of the underserved community. Storage World is honored to be a sponsor of this dinner. The dinner is provided from donations and the help of many volunteers. You can help the foundation by making a tax-deductible donation via their website or help sponsor community events such as the Thanksgiving dinner or “I am Cr8tive” Live concerts that are held throughout the year.
The foundation’s founder and executive directory, Roderick Cunningham, will be on the WATC 57 “Atlanta Live” show on December 11th from 7pm to 9pm to talk about various activities that the foundation sponsors in the community including the partnership with Partnership Against Domestic Violence, the Teen Dating Summit in February, 2014, the Teen Health Forum in March, 2014 and the 3rd Annual Holiday Giving for Children & Mothers in the DeKalb County School System. Mr. Cunningham will also be appearing on CNN in December to discuss the organization. The foundation continues to be involved in many activities to help those who are affected by domestic violence in the Atlanta area.