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The vision for Project 13 is to have all sorors and chapters across the globe unite around this initiative. s This program is designed to help Af-rican- American women take charge of their health. Chapters educated themselves and their communities about ways to avoid developing dia-betes. • March of Dimes – African-Ameri-can women have significantly higher rates of premature birth than Cau-casian women. Delta Sigma Theta has partnered with the March of Dimes to prevent these health dis-parities. In 2013, chapters had the opportunity to become a DIME chapter, which means Deltas dedicat-ed to Improving the health outcomes of Mothers and Infants through Edu-cation. • Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California – The partnership be-tween the Sickle Cell Disease Foun-dation of California and Delta Sigma Theta is designed to raise awareness about sickle cell disease, increase blood/bone marrow registries and also raise money to send children to Camp Crescent Moon. The camp is the nation’s first and oldest camp for children living with sickle cell dis-ease ages 7.5 -14 years old. • Sisters Network – Sisters Net-work is the only African-American Breast Cancer Survivorship in the nation. In 2013, each chapter was asked to support the An-nual Stop the Silence Walk by registering at least two walkers. Partnerships or Initiatives of Corporations, Organizations and Agencies that Support Deltas, Initiatives, Projects and the Community: • Delta Foundation – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. established the Delta Research and Educational Foundation, The Delta Foundation, as a public charity supporting scho-lastic achievement, public service programs, and research initiatives fo-cused upon African-American wom-en. In support of the Foundation and in recognition of Mother’s Day 2013, chapters and individual sorors sent donations to the Foundation. • ARP – Twenty (20) chapters from across the Sorority were selected by their regional leadership to imple-ment AARP’s Decide. Create. Share. SM Initiative in their service areas. This is a national initiative designed to help women in their 40s, 50s and 60s take steps today so they will be adequately prepared for a safe, healthy and secure tomorrow. • State Farm – State Farm diligently demonstrates Economic Develop-ment through diverse employment opportunities while effectively edu-cating constitu-ents worldwide about pre-need planning inclu-sive of charitable giving options. In 2013, chapters held workshops in partnership with State Farm representatives to help members plan for life occur-rences. Also, State Farm committed to interview and hire Deltas who met the company’s employment require-ments, in honor of the Sorority’s cen-tennial. • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – For the last few years, Delta Sigma Theta has partnered with St. Jude and served as a national partner for the “Give Thanks. Walk” across the country. Chapters have raised funds to help St. Jude con-tinue advancing the treatment and prevention of catastrophic diseases in children. For more information about par-ticipating in Project 13, contact the co-chairs of the National Strategic Partnerships Task Force, Sorors Deb-ra Bunkley (dabunkley@bellsouth. net) and Lydia Cincore Templeton, Esq. (Lydia@cyfcla.org). s JOURNAL Spring 2014 11


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