Community Service Is In My Blood-Part 1

Hey MayaIndia Sweeties! I have been meaning to share some news with you about an honor I recently received. IMG_3054 In April, I received an award from the National Association of Negro and Professional Women's Central Nassau Club for Outstanding Community Service. Although I was humbled by the honor, it really is second nature for me to be helping others. As a  clinical social worker, my employment opportunities have led me to positions at both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric facilities, teenage parenting programs, group homes and currently a public high school. I get paid to help others and I love what I do. I believe my purpose here on earth is to help people, especially children, because I feel they are the most vulnerable-usually helpless and voiceless. However, this award was not for the services I provide and get paid for, rather it was for the other activities within the community I so love to participate in. As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated I enjoy serving on various committees that have allowed me to:
  • Conduct self esteem and entrepreneurship workshops for teenage girls.
  • Assist in school supply collection and preparing breakfast for homeless students.
  • Provide mentoring for girls placed in a residential facility.
  • Identify needy families and distribute supermarket gift cards during the Thanksgiving holiday season.
  • Conduct an annual suit drive and donate the items to Dress for Success.
  • Work with the women in a local homeless shelter.
  • Assist in collection of non- perishable food items and donate them to a local church's food pantry.
  • Play BINGO each month with the residents of a nursing home in the area.
  • Chaperone our annual HBCU College Tour, visiting 7 universities with approximately 40 high school students.
People often ask me why I am still involved in a sorority at my age. I am so blessed to be involved with the GREATEST sorority in the world! This organization is all about sisterhood, scholarship and service and as you can see, service is in my blood! Tomorrow, I'll share Part 2 of my community service activities. Until next time, Stay Sweet!  
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