Charleston and surrounding communities will now have more access to programs that strengthen families thanks to a Cummins Community Development Grant awarded to Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC). The $55,000 grant will help CYDC to provide additional programs at CYDC’s Family Support Center.
The center will provide the larger Charleston and surrounding communities with resources and supports for parents and families including in-home visitations, individual and family therapy, caregiver support groups and workshops that help families involved in the child welfare system and heal and reunify when possible.
Earlier this month CYDC, an organization whose mission is to protect children, empower families and prepare youth for adulthood, received notification it had been awarded the Cummins Community Development Grant.
“This center has been a dream for our staff and our board of directors for a while now. As a team, we felt a responsibility and sense of urgency to offer more resources and opportunities for healing and help to the families in our community,” said Beverly Hardin, CYDC CEO. “Cummins has been a committed partner with CYDC for many years. Once again, they are making it possible for us to fill a much-needed gap in services, during a critical time. Now more than ever, families in our community need the supports this grant will make possible. We cannot thank the Cummins family enough.”
Cummins, Inc. which operates five divisions globally including Cummins Turbo Technologies, located in North Charleston South Carolina, focuses its corporate responsibility on three global priorities critical to healthy communities: Environment, Education and Equality of Opportunity.
“We are excited to see the impact the Family Support Center has on our community. It has been a need in our area for a long time and the Cummins Inc. family is proud to support and help make it happen,” said Cummins Inc.’ team member, Leon Stungurys, who also is a member of the CYDC board of directors.
CYDC’s Family Support Center will be located on the North Charleston campus in the George W. Williams building, whose namesake was a chairman of the board in the 1920s and would later go on to earn the name “Angel of the Orphan House.”
The center and its programs will add to the numerous services CYDC’s community-based programs provide including afterschool care, Freedom School (a summer school program), the Strengthening Families Program and additional prevention services.
About Carolina Youth Development Center:
Founded in 1790 as the Charleston Orphan House, Carolina Youth Development Center’s mission is to empower and equip our community’s most vulnerable children by providing a safe environment, educational support, and career readiness, in collaboration with families and community partners. Our vision is that all children have loving and stable families and a nurturing community that empowers them to lead successful lives. For more information visit CYDC.org.
About Cummins, Inc.:
Cummins powers the future with products and services that improve people’s lives. The global company is focused on bringing the right technology solutions at the right time to its markets, providing the most efficient, high-performing and most reliable technologies available. These include advanced diesel, natural gas, hybrid, electric and fuel cell and other technologies currently under development and evaluation. For more information visit Cummins.com.