REAL CONVERSATIONS COMPANIONS: KEITH & ALTANYA BURGESS
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On Strengthening Our Families: Saving Our Sons and Daughters
Keith and Altanya Burgess serve as the Co-Founders of The Dollicia F. Holloway Memorial Foundation, Inc. Mr. Burgess serves as Chief Executive Officer, Lead Advocate for The Diane L. Parker Educational Resource Fund and the Project Leader of The H.I.P. H.O.P. Movement Community Enrichment and Economic Development Program. Mrs. Burgess serves alongside her husband in the capacity of Chief Operations Officer and Deputy Executive Director.
Mr. Burgess possesses an extensive financial background, which lead to the development and execution of several successful programs and recognition in Nassau County while employed by the Economic Opportunities Commission of Nassau County, Inc. as their Financial Literacy Consultant in 2009.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, which allowed income eligible clients to file Federal and State Income Tax at no cost.
Youth Mentoring Program called “The Learn and Earn Assistance Program” (Project LEAP), which taught High School students the importance of Financial Literacy in the categories of: Savings, Budgeting, Credit, Identity Theft and the importance of Life Insurance.
In April 2010, Mr. Burgess was recognized by the Internal Revenue Service for Outstanding Public Service contributed to Nassau County through SPEC (Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication), VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), and TCE (Tax Counseling Elderly) Programs.
In January 2012, Mr. Burgess met the former Ms. Altanya Gerald on the social media site, Facebook. They immediately became friends and later founded The Dollicia F. Holloway Memorial Foundation, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit Organization, based out of Uniondale New York. Later in June 2012, Keith and Altanya fell in love, got engaged and were married on January 6, 2013.
Since then, Keith and Altanya, through The Dollicia F. Holloway Memorial Foundation, Inc. were awarded Citations for Outstanding Community Service for Domestic Violence Advocacy from Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, as well as Certificates of Recognition from Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby of the Town of Hempstead for Outstanding Community Service in Domestic Violence Advocacy, Financial Literacy and Economic Development.
Their youth initiative, The H.I.P. H.O.P. Movement Community Enrichment and Economic Development Program, hosted their inaugural 8K Walk-A-Thon titled “Walking towards a Brighter Future.” The program was able to extend it first merit/scholarship award in the amount of $2,575.00 to a College bound High School Senior who now attends Rutgers University in New Jersey. The mission of the H.I.P. H.O.P. Movement is “Helping Individuals Prosper, Honoring Others Potential.”
The H.E.A.R. Project, which stands for “Hearing Everyday At RISK,” was created and added as a component to the Foundation. Mrs. Burgess serves as Founder and Project Leader over the initiative. She is a hearing impaired person and advocates through this program to assist hearing impaired adults with educational and financial resources.
Lastly, Keith and Altanya were recognized by The Long Island Business News’ “50 Around 50” Award for outstanding achievements, leadership and contributions to Long Island.
Outside of the charitable organization and Domestic Violence Advocacy Group, Mr. Burgess serves as a nonprofit/business consultant and a grant writer and owns and operates Hidden MANNA Financial Services and Business Solutions, while Mrs. Burgess serves as the Founder/CEO of Altee’s Crochet Corner. Her vision is “By Grace I Create.” They both serve as ministry leaders of Simon of Cyrene Ministries, Inc.
When not so busy with work and ministry, Keith & Altanya Burgess enjoy traveling and adventure. They are the proud parents of 4 children—3 sons: Torres, Keith, Jr. & Taevon; a daughter, Keilah; and a granddaughter, Keianni.