Mrs. Isabella Cunningham, a senior citizen and retired teacher of Riviera Beach, Florida, has devoted more than 20 years of her life to neighborhood clean-up and revitalization efforts. She has volunteered numerous hours to helping the elderly, poor, and youth of her community.
In 1990, Mrs. Cunningham founded Neighbors United, an organization comprised of residents, law enforcement, and city officials to educate citizens on vital issues pertaining to neighborhood maintenance and crime prevention. She encourages homeowners to beautify their areas, mitigate any issues, and to assist neighbors and persons in need. Through her efforts, Neighbors United has grown to include an informal membership of approximately 500 citizens.
Mrs. Cunningham also participates in the federally funded Palm Beach County Weed and Seed Program. This federal initiative addresses many of the social and economic problems present within specific targeted areas. She serves on the Seed Policy Board, and is a member of the Weed and Seed Steering Committee. She was the driving force behind beautifying the common areas within one of the programs targeted locations.
In addition to her participation in the above mentioned efforts, Mrs. Cunningham volunteers with her church, is a volunteer teacher, and is on the Community Committee involved in Risk Focused Assessment of the City. She is also a member the Committee for Rosewood Memorial Gardens, a place for recognition of the burial site for the survivors of the Rosewood Massacre.