Smiles, applause, hugs and words of thanks were just a few ways the community expressed appreciation to members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and other volunteers who performed service in observance of National Make a Difference Day 2016 on Saturday, October 22.
Members of Delta’s Pensacola Alumnae Chapter and other supporters completed projects at three locations in the city.
Sorority members spent weeks gathering supplies and preparing for donations of items and time to three nonprofit organizations.
Members spent Thursday, October 20 sorting boxes of toiletries and other personal care items for delivery to the Loaves and Fishes homeless shelter.
“The Loaves and Fishes project has been ongoing for five years,” said sorority member Angela Heard, the Delta Make a Difference Day project team leader.
On Saturday, the Neighborhood Beautification Team led by Rose George spent the morning at FavorHouse, a domestic violence shelter. Volunteers and sorority members delivered diapers and other baby supplies. They also cleared overgrown branches from trees and shrubs, manicured the landscaping and cut the grass. In addition, workers planted and mulched flowerbeds along with installing a small herb garden.
Sorority member Pearline Quinn designed a fall wreath for the front entry to FavorHouse to complete the exterior transformation.
FavorHouse was selected in recognition of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Other volunteers on hand to participate in the beautification project included members of the American Association of Blacks in Energy’s Gulf Coast chapter, members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. from the University of West Florida chapter and Baptist Hospital employees. Relatives of volunteers also assisted.
“It was a great work day and quite heartwarming to give back to our community,” George said. “It was also a great time to network with like-minded people who believe in hands-on service that provides instant improvements to the quality of life for students as well as our neighbors overcoming homelessness and abuse.”
On Monday, October 23, sorority members extended their service by delivering boxes of books, snacks, and other items on a “wish list” to the Extra Miles After School Program at the Dorrie Miller Community Center.
“Overall, our efforts for the Make a Difference Day projects chosen for 2016 were overwhelmingly successful,” General Chairwoman Marlena Lewis said.
Lewis also acknowledged the Belmont-DeVilliers Neighborhood Association for its partnership and donations to Delta projects for the past two years as well as the generous community members who contributed books, baby supplies and other items for the nonprofits selected in 2016.