Founded in 2003 by Dr. Karen Bethea, Liberty Community Development Corp Inc. (LCDC) exists to provide and assist with community redevelopment and revitalization and to provide programs to enhance the lives of the residents in Central Maryland. LCDC is a tax-exempt, charitable, educational, and community development organization.
The mission of LCDC is to enhance the quality of life for residents in Central Maryland. We accomplish that through the implementation and execution of community programs and community outreach initiatives that promote improvement in the quality of life for youth and their families. Since 2012, LCDC, in conjunction with its community partners, has provided college book scholarships, mentoring to males and females ages 11 to 18, education programs targeting tobacco use and STI’s, a summer youth enrichment program, and school supplies and food donations to over 10,000 youth and 2,000 families in Central Maryland.
In 2016, LCDC conducted a community needs assessment of its primary catchment area (PCA) of Catonsville, Milford Mill, Randallstown, and Woodlawn. The key findings identified community needs such as workforce development, educational enrichment, family strengthening, and prevention program development. In conjunction with community partners, private, local, state, and federal entities, LCDC is committed to developing programs and services to address the findings in the community needs assessment. It is also the goal of the LCDC to develop a youth community center to house the programs and services, providing a “one-stop-shop” approach to increasing the quality of life in the community.
The LCDC Board of Directors consists of Linwood Bethea (President), Dwight Parker (Vice President), Dr. Karen Bethea (Secretary), Keith Penn-Jones, MBA, ACC (Treasurer), and Kendra Randall-Jolivet Esq. (Board Member).