The Beloved Community (TBC) was started by Dr. Mar Peter-Raoul, while she was a professor of religion, philosophy, peace & global studies at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
She had the insight for the organization and a network of fellow professors, humanitarians, and family to help out.
In the early 2000s, TBC hosted multiple years of youth development summer projects in the Binghamton, NY area. With serving one's community and world being an important part of its mission, TBC facilitated youth volunteer projects in the local area. This included collecting food donations for the CHOW pantry which serves families in need, creating packages full of goodies for overseas U.S. soldiers, and hosting events in the name of TBC.
Next came the phase of global humanitarian projects which ranged from the Russian Children's Project to supporting the H.E.L.O. Haiti Orphanage around the time of the 2010 earthquake. TBC’s main fundraising strategy is hosting 100% charitable yard sales with donated goods. The yard sales, although originally used to support the Haiti Orphanage, are now a key component of the Kolkata Children’s Project.