Since its chartering in February 1954, the Orlando Alumnae Chapter (OAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., has mirrored its programs of community service in the clearly distinguished image of its National organization, which in dramatic fashion, clearly confront the challenges of African-Americans and their families. During the past five and one-half decades, OAC has worked tirelessly to develop and to implement a wide range of empowering programs and initiatives that emulate its shared mission with that of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
In the long-standing tradition of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., OAC continues to advance its efforts to strengthen African-American families and communities through its Five-Point Program Thrust:
- Economic Development
- Financial planning, money management, consumer education, investments and employment opportunities are but a few of Delta’s “money concerns” under economic development. Our chapter provides homeownership, financial management and consumer education to the community and chapter through our Homeownership Program, Financial Management Program and Financial Fortitude programs.
- Educational Development
- Each year, local Delta Chapters conduct projects designed to address the community’s concerns about excellence in education. On a local level, OAC’s pursuit of educational excellence takes the form of our 3 youth groups, 1 youth inspired initiative and scholarships.
- International Awareness and Involvement
- Delta has a rich history of involvement in the international arena. The building and maintenance of a maternity wing at the Thika Memorial Hospital in Kenya, West Africa, to Delta’s identification of 1987 at the “Delta International Year” underscores Delta’s commitment to understanding the world. The “African Diaspora,” a Delta Cultural Awareness/Study Program, focused on the dispersion of the peoples and cultures of Africa through the continents of North and South America, Europe, Asia and the island countries in the eastern and western hemispheres.
- Physical and Mental Health
- Concerns about America’s physical and mental health have not escaped Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Delta’s work in prevention and “wellness”translates to health education programs, health fairs and the provision of health care services. Delta also supports medical research that examines illnesses that target specific segments of the country’s population.
- Political Awareness and Involvement
- Though non-partisan in nature and purpose, Delta understands the importance of and the need for an informed electorate.
Delta’s concern for the public’s “need-to-know” and the enfranchisement of all Americans has been the philosophical basis for public service programs in this area. Voter registration and education programs, workshops and seminars highlighting assessments and accountability issues are ongoing.
As you journey through the OAC website, fundamental examples of each program thrust will be highlighted.