Donald Williams II - Community Service

Gaithersburg, Maryland

Ret. Lieutenant Col. Williams spent 20 years as a military officer in the U.S. Army. For more than 25 years, he has focused on serving youth, first in Church and then in the community. Nine years ago, he & his wife co-founded Unity Christian Fellowship, Inc. (UCF), to address the critical need to mobilize the community around the vital challenge of saving young minority men. UCF brings mentors & leaders together to find solutions to reverse the trends regarding the alarming & unfavorable disparities facing our young men. His leadership has impacted thousands of students and their families. Through a series of enrichment programs held throughout the year, he strategically has raised student achievement, developed student leaders, strengthen family relations, and partnered with school leaders (K-16). Some of these programs consist of - SAT/ACT Boot Camp, U-STEM Fun Zone, Monthly Educational and Life Skills Meetings, Annual Dream Chaser College Tour, and a Health Program Community Day. His culminating signature event “Game Changers Conference” brings mentors & students together to learn from a keynote speaker & breakout workshops facilitated by leaders from various industries.

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Erin Williams

Mr. Donald Williams has been a positive influence to my son CJ. Mr. Williams program, UCF, has made a favorable impact in our community by providing opportunities to young black and Hispanic males that would not have a chance under normal circumstances. We met Mr. Williams during his Game Changer conference and my son was forever changed. The conference encouraged my son to do his very best in everything that he does. He is eager to participate in monthly meetings, volunteer in the community and participate in the boys book club. I am so happy Mr. Williams is being recognized, he is making a huge impact in our community and is helping our kids to be successful adults.

June 30 at 11:14 AM
Ms. Wilson

I am an educated, African American, single mother with four daughters. Our home is loving, nurturing, supportive, and structured. One of my daughters, the first born, is soon to graduate high school in the coming days and one is in middle school. My eldest daughter and I met Mr. Williams the summer of 2015 at one of his community service events. After earning a high salary and becoming unemployed for the first time, my options for better preparing my first child for college were suddenly slim. My daughter completed UCF's SAT/ACT bootcamp and taking her SAT/ACT was a blessing. She took the exam with more confidence and ease, and scored higher each time she took the test. As a result, she has been accepted to twelve schools and will attend Md. Eastern Shore this fall (majoring in engineering). In addition, both my middle and high school daughters have volunteered for a few Game Changer events and both realize the importance of service and being used to help those in need. Mr. Williams' tireless efforts makes this possible and has been a true blessing for our family. When life takes unexpected turns, organizations like UCF has showed my family God's grace in action, on the ground. Ms. Wilson

June 03 at 4:07 AM
Tamika Fitzgerald

Mr. Donald has been a blessing in my son's life! I am a single mother and I remember the day my son came to me and said "Mom, I need a mentor, I need someone to help teach me how to be a man." Of course, no single mother wants to hear something like this especially when she has no way of providing him with what he is asking. Fast forward 9 months later and one of my colleagues told me about the Game Changer Conference and said he would sponsor my son. I checked out the website and contacted Mr. Donald about the other programs offered and the rest is history. My son has been with UCF for a short period of 4 months but even in this short amount of time UCF has made a positive impact on him. He is more confident, focused, and a thirst for knowledge that was not there prior to joining UCF. My son not only has future goals in mind but he is developing concrete plans on how he can accomplish these goals. Mr. Donald makes UCF a family and I am so happy to be a part of the family!!

June 02 at 10:16 AM