History of SCA
At the turn of the century, the village of Suitland had a general store, post office, churches and several houses. On August 10, 1909, a large number of Suitland residents met at the home of Mr. George J. Hess and organized the Suitland Improvement Association of Maryland electing the following officers to serve one year: President Dr. C.M. Emmons, Vice President C.L. Jenkins, Secretary and Treasurer George J. Hess. Committees were appointed and some idea of what the association hoped to accomplish was outlined by a brief talk by Dr. Emmons. On November 17, 1950, the Suitland Improvement Association became incorporated by the State Tax Commission and later changed its name to The Suitland Citizens Association. By 2002, this community lead organization revamped its name yet again and became known as the Suitland Civic Association. As groups gathered for monthly meetings at the Water Tower located on Suitland Road, future plans for Suitland were discussed and revitalizing the neighborhood became a focal point for the community.
In 2010, the memberships growing desire for transparency and accountability led to the resignation of president Elsie Jacobs, vice president Margaret Rich and trustee Al Rich, when they failed/refused to produce requested documentation of their activities in the associations name. Treasurer Sandra Attidore became the acting president pending an interim election and with the assistance of Elsie Conway, chairwoman of the bylaws committee, helped guide the association through those troubled waters. Mrs. Karen Anderson became the interim president and was subsequently elected for two full terms of office. From her first day in office to the present she has diligently worked to rebuild and reshape the associations leadership, community involvement and commitment to improving the quality of life for all the residents of Suitland.
The Suitland Civic Association wants you to know that this is a great time to live and invest in Suitland. Please join us as we carve out a prosperous future for our residents, our businesses, our children and our seniors.
In 2012, new leadership was elected and immediately addressed residents concerns by appointing an Ad Hoc Committee. The Suitland Civic Association, Inc. Ad Hoc committee solicited our elected officials’ assistance in rectifying issues voiced by the community. These concerns included Public Safety Issues, Jobs & Training, Economic Development, Blighted Properties, Road and Street Improvements, as well as the building of a new Suitland High School.
SCA, Inc. lead the movement that resulted in having the piles of dirt removed from the Census Bureau construction project, which was an eyesore in our community for 8 years.
SCA, Inc. organized the Bike & Pedestrian Study with WABA to look at improving bike lanes and walk paths on Silver Hill and Suitland Road.
SCA, Inc. appointed a Code Enforcement Committee to address trash, loitering and deteriorating properties, resulting in over 500 service requests filed to date with County Click 311 .
SCA, Inc. partnered with Conifer Developers and submitted a proposal for Senior building for the propose development at the Suitland Town Square on Suitland Road.
SCA, Inc. also submitted a proposal for the Mt. Ararat property located at Suitland Road to bring upscale business, restaurants, career center, etc.
SCA, Inc. also worked with local developer’s to improve the look of the shopping center on Suitland Road and made a proposal to have a Police Sub Station added to the shopping center.
SCA, Inc. partnered with Maryland Park & Planning to host a trail walk at the historical Suitland Bog.. SCA, Inc. was also instrumental in having the new fence and park benches installed in the Bog.
SCA provided scholarships to students that attend Suitland High School.
SCA, petition on change.org for a New Suitland High School and over 500 people signed up for a New SHS.
Through our partnership with Galilee Baptist Church CDC, the SCA, Inc. has provided yearly Thanksgiving baskets, along with all of the sides, to over 400 families in Suitland and the surrounding area.
For several years, SCA, Inc. has donated to and participated in the Good Samaritan Project with Chick Fil A.
SCA, Inc. has provided several donations to organizations such as; DuPont Village
Neighborhood Watch, Prince George’s County Department of Corrections, Suitland Elementary School, Drew Freeman Middle School and Suitland High School just to name a few.
SCA Grants Received
SCA, Inc. received the Prince George’s District 7 County Council grant in the amount of $5,000to host educational seminars and workshops for the community.
SCA, Inc. partnered with People for Change Coalition and received a grant in the amount of $35,000 to recruit homeowners and install 30 rain barrels in homes within Suitland. This grant allowed SCA, Inc. to hire 6 employees from the Suitland community.
SCA, Inc. awards & recognition
SCA, Inc. has received the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association Group/Organization Award.
SCA, Inc. has received the Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards at its 4th Annual Women’s History Month Celebration.