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How We Are Helping The Community

Recent Activities

At the Dowdy Foundation, community involvement lies at the core of our mission. Here are some of the ways we've sponsored or participated in programs benefitting the surrounding area.

  • Donation to "Go the Distance for Autism" Organization
  • Sponsor Books and Fellowship Program with St. James Social Service Corp.
  • Sponsor Marion P. Thomas Charter School Cheering Squad at Cheerfest 2016
  • Sponsor Cookies and Cocoa event to benefit local women's shelter
  • Donation to the Bloomfield Tech Basketball Team for Summer Basketball Camp
  • Sponsor of Phi Bet Sigma Alumni Chapter Scholarship Luncheon
  • Sponsor of the Harriet Tubman School Nutcracker Suite Theatre Program
  • Donation to Marion P. Thomas Charter School Cheerleading Team for Athletic Mats
  • Donation to student Justice Hunt for Invitational Track and Field Meet
  • Newark YMCA Room Renovation Initiative
  • Thanksgiving and Room Renovation donation to battered women shelter
  • Donation to Newark Pop Warner Football Programs
  • Movie Day for gifted scholars of Marion P. Thomas Charter School
  • Donation to the Shakil Williams Memorial Fund
  • Donations to the American Cancer Society and Red Cross
  • Readers Corner Initiative - Newark YMCA
  • Multiple Clothing Drives
  • Luncheon with the Leaguers (a senior citizens luncheon)
  • Donation to Jerseyland Community Center

Other Recent Projects

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Scholarship Breakfast

Each year, the foundation holds a breakfast in honor of the recipients of The Maldine C. Dowdy Scholarship. The scholarships are awarded based on financial need and academic achievement, among other distinguishing qualities.


On a couple of occasions, the foundation has participated in a room redesign project called, Adopt-A-Room. This program, taking place in a local women's shelter, involves creating a safe, comfortable environment for women and their children and turning it into a place that can be temporarily called home.

Books and Fellowship

Recently, the Dowdy Foundation and St. James Social Service Corporation hosted a Books and Fellowship program for area residents. The program was designed to empower and inspire young and elder adults through education and literacy. Books were given away for free and a healthy meal was provided in an effort to feed the mind as well as the body.

Annual Golf Outing

The William J. Dowdy Annual Golf Outing is the foundation's largest fundraiser. The outing draws a number of supporters each year, who while supporting a fantastic cause, enjoy an exciting day of golf and networking.