Workforce Training and Career Development
At CKAR, one of our goals is to ready the residents of our community to qualify for new job opportunities coming to the Greater Riverdale area. To curb unemployment in the communities that we serve, CKAR has carefully developed a Workforce Training and Career Development Program. This program has been designed to offer certified occupational skills training in hospitality and culinary arts, outreach, job readiness skills, post-employment counseling services, basic computer training and legal services. CKAR provides these services in collaboration with Prince George’s Community College, Centro de Apoyo, Family Restoration and Healing Center, Run Your Race Ministries and Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County.
New job opportunities will be available through construction, maintenance and operations of a new $5.6 billion Purple Line light-rail project that will be constructed right in the heart of Kenilworth Avenue and Riverdale Road. New hotel developments, retail food markets such as Whole Foods and Safeway offer job opportunities to our residents. Workforce training and career development will deliver change to the community through increased economic impact if our residents are job-ready.
If you are interested in changing your career, prefer to have a closer work proximity within the Greater Riverdale area, getting back to work, or acquiring information about new job opportunities in the area, visit our office at 6801 Kenilworth Avenue Suite 203, Riverdale Park, Maryland 20737.
Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
CKAR engages homeowners in the Greater Riverdale area in environmental stewardship and sustainability. The goal of CKAR is to continuously improve the lives of residents in the community by creating a sustainable environment that will provide good water and air quality. Prince George’s County has over twenty-five storm water retrofit projects as priority projects in East Riverdale’s watershed. These projects offer CKAR an excellent opportunity to engage the community in CKAR’s Go Green in 2017 – Plant Trees Campaign in spring and fall; and develop pocket parks with rain gardens throughout the community. View Our Form Here.
CKAR supports the efforts of the Chesapeake Bay Trust in partnership with Prince George’s County Department of Environment to set a programmatic goal to improve communities, water quality in the County’s waterways, and engage County residents in storm water issues. As large infrastructure projects involving miles of hard surface are built, residents must balance that activity with ‘green infrastructure’ to support Clean Air and Clean Water.
Community Revitalization and Business Development
Community revitalization, if implemented using best participatory practices can be an effective tool to bring a community together through design initiatives and small business development. CKAR uses tools provided by our state and local governments to support its efforts. Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development offers Community Legacy, Business Works and other revitalization programs to non-profits to make effective change in their communities.
CKAR successfully partnered with the Town of Riverdale Park, the unincorporated communities of Riverdale and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC)/Prince George’s Planning Department to designate Greater Riverdale Sustainable Community in 2015. This designation opens up funding opportunities to these communities. This designation provided access to the State’s Community Legacy Program. CKAR received $90,000 in gap grant funding to partner with Prince George’s County Department of Public Works & Transportation, Department of the Environment and University of Maryland School of Landscape Architecture & Plant Sciences to develop a $321,000 Edmonston Road Rain Garden at the southern entrance to our sustainable community along Kenilworth Avenue. CKAR strongly hopes that this project will leverage interest, discussions, and create a sense of urgency within the community among residents and business owners to make changes to the Kenilworth Avenue Corridor.
At the local level, CKAR is a member of the Steering Committee for the Planning Department’s new Sector Planning Initiative for East Riverdale/Beacon Heights and the county’s Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative program (TNI) for East Riverdale/Bladensburg.
In 2016, CKAR worked with our county government through our Councilmanic District #2, our District 22 State Legislative Team and the Town of Riverdale Park to make effective change from a potentially disruptive closed support design change proposed by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) that would have divided the community to return to their original open structure support design for the Purple Line light transit Riverdale Park Station. CKAR developed an on-line petition, bi-lingual hard copy petitions, canvassed neighborhoods, spoke openly at community events and persuaded our county government and the MTA to reverse its decision. CKAR maintains the community’s voice for change.
CKAR plans to use certain features of its Edmonston Road Rain Garden project to be reiterative along Kenilworth Avenue east and west sides from Edmonston Road to Riverdale Road. Hopefully, this project will leverage interest and discussion within the community to make the changes badly needed along this important corridor.
CKAR anticipates change coming to our diverse community. CKAR wants to lead the community to play a role in that change. Through carefully developed revitalization plans, the community can be the beneficiary of the building and operation of the $5 billion Purple Line light rail transit system planned to travel through the core of the community. CKAR serves as a member of the Prince George’s County Planning Department’s Sector initiative. CKAR also serves as a member on the Purple Line Community Advisory Committee.