The Columbia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. celebrated the 101st anniversary of the sorority's founding Jan. 10 to 11 by leading various community service projects that support the sorority's mission.

In keeping with the sorority's overall public service mission, and the Columbia Alumnae Chapter's specific efforts to positively impact the Howard County community, projects were selected that address the growing homeless population in Howard County, hunger prevention and elderly care.

In the first project, held Jan. 10, chapter members prepared and delivered 60 lunches for residents of the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center in Columbia. Grassroots is a 24-hour resource to individuals and families who are homeless and in need of a place to sleep, or who are experiencing a crisis and are seeking help or counseling.

The second project was a food drive held on the morning of Jan. 11 to support the Community Action Council of Howard County's Food Bank, which provides emergency food grants to families, as well as warehouses food for distribution to other food pantries in the county. Columbia chapter members gathered at the Giant Food located in the Owen Brown Village Center in Columbia and collected 677 pounds of food from members and others who supported the collection.


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For the last project, the Columbia Alumnae Chapter sponsored bingo Jan. 11 at two Health and Rehabilitation Nursing Facilities in Howard County. Between the two facilities, approximately 50 residents participated in bingo with chapter members, all of whom received a gift from the chapter. This is part of the chapter's ongoing Adopt-a-Grandparent program, which provides services to the aging population in Howard County.

The Columbia Alumnae Chapter also launched a Twitter campaign @CACDST1971, as well as a Facebook campaign, providing facts on the hunger issue in our community and on the importance and impact of feeding the needy. 

Overall, more than 100 members participated in Founders Day activities in various ways by donating time, food, gifts and working at the three locations, to celebrate the sorority's founding by helping combat homelessness and hunger in our community, and providing services to our aging population.

—By Kizzie Brown

Member, Columbia Alumnae Chapter

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority