Greetings from the Scenic City of Chattanooga, Tennessee! On behalf of the 156 members of the Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, welcome to our website.
We are celebrating 75 years of sisterhood, scholarship and service in the Chattanooga and Hamilton County areas. In keeping with our national theme, “Uncompromising Commitment to Communities: Service, Leadership, Empowerment,” we implement programs and projects that impact communities locally, nationally and internationally. The Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter looks forward to continuing our commitment to “AIM High…Action Impacts Mission”. This is done through our Five-Point Programmatic Thrust:
We appreciate that you have taken the time to learn more about our chapter. You are encouraged to peruse our website often to stay abreast of our various programs and to learn more about our fundraisers that support these programs. We invite new, visiting or relocating members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to visit our chapter meetings typically held on the second Saturday of each month at 12:00 p.m.
Valara Y. Sample
Submitted by Soror Karlene Clarity
On Saturday, May 6, members of the Community Outreach Committee provided lunch to a 17 all female Habitat volunteer crew placing the finishing touches on the 2017 Habitat for Humanity Women Build Home.
The 2017 Women Build Home is being constructed in Chattanooga’s Glass Farms Historic Neighborhood for a working mother and her two children. Construction of the home begin March and will be completed by June 6 – weather permitting.
Habitat Women Builds are organized throughout the country during the month of May as a way to unite women to take a stand against poverty housing in communities. Additionally, this annual project connects women from all walks of life for the purpose of empowering and constructing Habitat homes for deserving women.
At work in Chattanooga since 1986, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area is a faith based non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the Chattanooga area by working with financial partners and volunteers to build simple, decent and affordable homes for low income families. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga’s corporate partners, volunteers, and families have built 267 homes providing more than 1,000 women, men, and children with the joy and security of homeownership.
As part of Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to transform communities and expand their impact, Habitat launched its Neighborhood Revitalization Program in 2013. The program encompasses community engagement, completion of critical home repair projects and exterior repair and preservation. The intent of Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program is to enhance the quality of life in targeted neighborhoods through partnering with residents, nonprofits, funders, and volunteers.
For the past three years, Habitat focused their efforts on 37 homes in the Bushtown Neighborhood. Habitat transitioned out of Bushtown and is now working in the Historic Glass Farm Neighborhood of East Chattanooga.
Submitted by Soror Saundra J. Adams
"Millennials Planning for Success by Confidently Conquering Challenges" was the theme for the High School Senior Recognition Program sponsored by the Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on May 7, 2017.
Approximately 90 graduating seniors from schools in the Chattanooga and Hamilton County area received achievement certificates for their accomplishments in academics, athletics, leadership, public service, fine arts, technology and vocational education. Edna Varner, a member of the Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter, charged the students to focus on their future pursuits. She also presented the Mamie Bullard Award to Brainerd High School student Elijah Locklin. Simone Edwards and Chandler Custer, previous participants and current college students, gave musical presentations.
The Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter was proud to award $9,000 and the foundation, Deltas Serving Together, Inc. (DeSTI) awarded $2,000. These young scholars are high achievers, academically advanced and actively involved in their school and/or community. The 2017 recipients are: Markia Ash, Alise Bedford, Breanna Berry, Lauren Blalock, Meghann Common, Trevor Holsey, Carlisha McKenzie, Autumn Richardson, Sydnee Scott, Darika Scott, and Pamela Slack. Pictured with the recipients are Valara Y. Sample, the chapter president, and Saundra J. Adams, scholarship committee chair.
Submitted by Soror Wanda Gocher-Johnson