About CKAR CDC
To promote the social, environmental and economic development of Greater Riverdale.
Transforming Our Community
East Riverdale/Beacon Heights Steering Advisory Committee
What We Do
Workforce and career development through the greater Riverdale Career Empowerment Center.
Environmental sustainability through various projects such as Tree Canopy and Edmonston Road Rain Garden Projects that are vehicles enabling us to improve stormwater management, enhance greening and appearance of properties in our community.
Clothing, food and other needs of local community families.
Business and economic development.
Providing equitable community development.
Supporting the health and wellness of the community.
About Greater Riverdale Maryland
Greater Riverdale consists of residents in District 3 within Prince George’s County, Maryland. They are:
The Town of Riverdale Park
The unincorporated communities of East Riverdale
Madison Hill Homeowners Association
West Lanham Hills
Diverse community of 36,510 residents
Refugees and immigrants speaking over 100 languages
Seniors make up 10% of population about 3,651
Re-entering citizens and homeless
Low income families and individuals with 16.2% below the poverty level
Median income of $66,842
27% of our population are without a high school diploma or GED
More than 17% are uninsured
5.7% are unemployed
About Our Board Members
Dennis R. Nola, President, PLA, RLA
Alice M. Bishop, Vice-President
John Arrington, 2nd Vice-President
Sharon W. Wertz, Secretary
Thomas L. Wertz, Jr., Treasurer
Gloria Aparicio Blackwell, At-Large Advisory Member
Patricia Hayes-Parker, Executive Director
Honorable David J. Lingua, Vice- Mayor, Town of Riverdale Park Member
Lisa Butler McDougal, At-Large Member
Sister Carmen Soto, At-Large Member
Melvin L. Allen Jr., Esq, At-Large Member
Our board members are committed volunteers that demonstrate an understanding of the community in which we live and serve. The board has approved effective management policies that are actively monitored by executive staff to effectively and efficiently fulfill its mission.