Dr. Ronnie Jones founded the Parkside EDC in 2000 as the economic development arm of L.A. Third Church of Religious Science. Its purpose was to provide a small but powerful and dedicated congregation with a non-profit community outreach vehicle, committed to improving the quality of life for Leimert Park and surrounding residents. Parkside’s primary focus has been providing scholarships to Crenshaw and Dorsey High School graduates, who are good students, community conscious and have extenuating circumstances. Parkside EDC in partnership with L.A. Third Church has provided assistance to the homeless, seniors and battered women shelters, while keeping it’s focus on youth empowerment.
With community and corporate support, Parkside EDC is poised and ready to become a catalyst for positive change in the lives of many.