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Our History

New Monrovia Concerned Citizens, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established December 13, 1994 to help our youth attain a better quality of life, enhance the neighborhood and implement community projects by providing excellent programs.  In July 1995 a $59,825 grant was approved and supplemented with in-kind services from Martin County Parks and Recreation Department through the Children’s Services Council which would fund an affordable afterschool and summer program for neighborhood school children known as R.E.A.C.H. (Residents Empowering All Children’s Hope).


The Annual Bahamian Connection Festival was created in 1996 while Martin County was celebrating its Sesquicentennial celebration.  Elmira Gainey, who was the District Commissioner at the time, approached the New Monrovia Board and asked them to come up with an idea for the neighborhood to participate.  They decided that because there were quite a few families who originally migrated from the Bahamas that it would only be fitting to celebrate the heritage and have an annual festival.


In August 2002, the organization’s name was changed to New Monrovia Community Development Corporation (NMCDC).


The following are some of the accomplishments that New Monrovia CDC has achieved:

  • Completion of two (2) S.H.I.P. homes within the community

  • Seasonal activities:  community Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas caroling at Salerno Bay Manor Rehabilitation Center by the R.E.A.C.H. children

  • Partners with Martin County B.O.C.C. and the Martin County School Board for the restoration of the historic “One Room School House” in New Monrovia

  • Participants of National Night Out On Crime, Preventing Crime in The Black Community conference, and Keep Martin Beautiful

  • New Monrovia Community clean up

  • R.E.A.C.H. children performed at the Barn Theatre for two days in a play that was written for them through a grant from the Arts Council

  • Receive Grant from Community Foundation for B.O.S.S. (Beating the Odds and Striving for Success), a teenage program for boys

  • Teen Mentoring Club

  • Recognition of outstanding community residents

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