Since childhood, Dr. Crystal Kuykendall has known that it really is "more blessed to give than to receive". Whether one gives money or materials, time or talent or all of the above, "giving" makes for better "living". At the age of 8, Dr. Kuykendall was required to do a community service project at New Hope Christian Missionary Baptist Church, the church where her Uncle, Rev. Frank Wesley Campbell, was Pastor. A Girl Scout for four years, she saw numerous examples at home, at church, in the community, and at school of people helping people and caring communities coming together in a common cause for collective benefit.
In adulthood, Dr. Kuykendall has maintained her natural propensity for community service and outreach. Over the last three decades she has been an active member of numerous PTAs, community, church, civic and social groups dedicated to improving life for all mankind, including the following:
. Impact Coalition . Friendship Heights (Washington D.C.) Advisory Council . NAACP (Life Member) . National Council of Negro Women (Life ember) . Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc (Life Member) . National Urban League Education Task Force . Education Task Force of the Martin Luther King Center for Social Change . Health Power Board of Directors
Currently, Dr. Kuykendall gives numerous volunteer hours to important and very significant community service endeavors. Some of those endeavors are described below:
Henry C. Gregory III Family Life Center Foundation, Inc (FLCF)
Dr. Kuykendall has been a member of the FLCF Board of Directors since 1996 and has been Chairperson of the Board of Directors since 2004. The FLCF is a non-profit foundation founded in 1982 to provide services to children, seniors, the deaf & hard of hearing community, "at-risk" youth and the homeless. Dr. Kuykendall's leadership and personal involvement have launched or improved these FLCF Programs:
Maryland Mentoring Partnerships (MMP)
Dr. Kuykendall has been a Member of the MMP Board of Directors since 2005. The MMP provides services and training to corporations, school districts, individuals and institutions to implement and improve mentoring programs for school age youth.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc (AKA)
Since her first year at Southern Illinois University (S.I.U.), Dr. Kuykendall has been passionate about her membership in the world's oldest African American Sorority. All active AKAs pride themselves on their many efforts to be "of service to all mankind". An active member of Xi Omega Graduate Chapter in Washington, DC, Dr. Kuykendall has been a part of many service projects, regularly recognized for giving over 100 hours of volunteer time annually with her Chapter. Through her Sorority, she became a HOSTS Mentor (Helping One Student To Succeed) in 1996 and has been actively involved in Sorority Adopt-A-School Programs, tutoring and Summer Reading Programs.
African American Women Accessing Resources for Empowerment (A.A.W.A.R.E.)
Dr. Kuykendall is actively involved in this organization's on-going endeavors to improve the involvement of many marginalized Americans in the political process, register voters, sponsor informational forums and monitor the actions of elected officials in fostering improved education and social justice.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Chesapeake (BBBS)
Dr. Kuykendall has been a Member of the Board of Directors for over 5 years. BBBS continues to be a leader in training mentors and matching them with children and youth.
Actively involved in numerous organizations and auxiliaries of every church to which she has belonged, Dr. Kuykendall has also served on the Board of Trustees of Beersheba Baptist Church in Chicago, IL. She also holds a Master of Divinity Degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, VA and is an ordained minister and part of the ministerial team at Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington, DC. At Shiloh, Dr. Kuykendall is "former" Chairperson of the Community Outreach Ministry Team and has provided leadership, time and talent to the improvement of the Missions Department, the Social Justice Ministry, Tennis-at-Shiloh, the Ex-Offenders' Task Force, Your Active Christians Outreach and numerous other church ministries. Dr. Kuykendall has also been a volunteer at Roots Public Charter School in Washington, D.C and has been a consultant to many local schools and community groups in Washington, DC and Maryland . She continues to serve as a Mentor to two young adults and provides "pro bono" legal advice to many young people. While her professional obligations leave very little time for community service, she still manages to give well over 500 hours of community service annually. Her commitment is to develop more "Merchants of Hope" and to be exemplary in showing passion and commitment all "Merchants of Hope" must have.
Dr.Kuykendall has also been a volunteer at Roots Public Charter School in Wshington, DC and has been a consultant to many local schools and community groups in Washington, DC and Maryland. She continues to serve as a Mentor to two young adults and provides "pro bono" legal advice to many young people. While her professional obligations leave very little time for community service, she still manages to give well over 500 hours of community service annually. Her commitment is to develop more "Merchants of Hope" and to be exemplary of the passion and commitment all "Merchants of Hope" must have.