Contact Us: PO Box 1153 - Kinston, NC 28501
Lin & Margo Dawson were giving back to their communities when they met in Massachusetts back in 1981. Whether volunteering to bring water irrigation systems to Zimbabwe or working alongside students to refurbish houses, their lives have been dedicated to service. In 2013, they launched a non-profit organization, JH Sampson Community Development Center, Inc., servicing Lin's hometown and Eastern North Carolina.
The mission is to Restore broken lives, Rebuild community, and Reclaim our Future. (JH Sampson CDC) exists to address critical social issues such as economic stimulation, education, violence prevention, and career development.
Kinston, North Carolina, Lin's hometown, was cited as being one of the topmost economically distressed tracts in North Carolina, which is calculated by the poverty rate, per capita income, and unemployment according to the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Although Kinston is being revived with business initiatives and sustainable projects, some communities continue to lag behind.
In 2013, Lin launched a Boys Leadership Mentoring Academy at Holloway Recreation Center for middle and high school males. With the help of a few local male volunteers, the program offered tutoring, computer technology, financial literacy, fitness, life skills, violence prevention, community service, and character building. Read More
From 2014 - 2018, under the direction of wife Margo, they launched a STEM and educational disparity campaign with the Coley Little STEM Camps, Pre-College Workshops, and Career Training. Partnerships included East Carolina University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, Lenoir County Public Schools, Lenoir County Parks and Recreation, Century Link, John Deere, Lenovo, NASA, PNC Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, a host of local Kinston businesses, parents, faith-based groups. Read More
In an effort to address health disparities in the area, their daughter, Jelyse Dawson, a certified fitness instructor integrated physiology and exercise classes into all youth activities including the Rochelle Middle School After School Tutoring Program.
Through collaborations with the local police department, the Governor's Crime Commission, and area organizations, Lin lends his experience in Violence Prevention and Team Building. Yes, there is more work to be done in building communities but with your support, we can make a difference.
The Lin Dawson Organization