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CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIION Founders Day Weekend s they were no different from other children their age. To honor the spirit of Founder Mamie Reddy Rose, a homemaker and volunteer, three projects were conducted at Howard University Hospital. Soror Anna Riley, president of Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter, and Soror Hazel Bristow served as co-chairs of the service activity. The first project at the hospital, and the first point of contact with the public, was the “Delta Concierge” which allowed members to act as patient greeters and escorts. They met visitors as they entered the hospital, provided visitor badges, and escorted visitors who needed assistance. Hospital visitors seemed pleasantly surprised as volunteers met them at the door. They asked about why they were there, and they asked questions about the history of the Sorority. The second project was the “Delta Home Improvement Crew” which allowed members to assist hospital staff with ward beautification. The third project was the “Delta Temp Agency” which allowed volunteers to assist in the hospital offices. They filed paperwork, answered phones, and attended to other office management duties. Thanks to the volunteers, hospital staff members were free to assist with more intricate work that demanded their attention. According to Cynthia Livingston, director of Community Services at Howard University Hospital, “A lot of special projects and activities were taken care of in many offices around the hospital.” Volunteers even donated “pampering bags” to patients. At the end of this service project, volunteers were tired, but they felt they had been a great help to the hospital and the general community. Other sites included: s The Washington Center for Aging Services—Held in honor of Founder Edith Motte Young, focused on visiting and connecting with the elderly to erase feelings of isolation and exclusion. s Dorothy I. Height Library—Held in honor of Founder Myra Davis Hemmings where members read with children. s The Veterans Administration Hospital, Fort Belvoir Army Warrior Transition Unit and Walter Reed-Bethesda—Held in honor of Founders Zephyr Chisom Carter and Winona Cargile Alexander, allowed participants to show appreciation to veterans, particularly women veterans, for their service to the country. volunteered to perform office duties at Howard University Hospital during Founders Day Weekend. COURTESY OF SOROR ANNA RILEY s “Dress-4-Success” workshop—Held in honor of Founder Vashti Turley Murphy, to teach women about appropriate workplace attire and maintaining workplace professionalism. s Food for Friends—Held in honor of Founder Edna Brown Coleman, provided members with the opportunity to provide food preparation service for the organization’s clientele of persons living with life-challenging illnesses. s D.C. Thrive—Held in honor of Founder Wertie Blackwell Weaver, members provided food service for the organization. s Community for Creative Non-Violence— Held in honor of Founder Olive Jones at the largest homeless shelter in the Washington D.C. area, allowed members to perform services including: receiving and sorting donations, sanitizing common areas, removing litter from around the facility, and other light office work. s The Capital Area Food Bank and Bread for the City—Held in honor of Founders Ethel Cuff Black and Frederica Chase Dodd, volunteers packed and sorted incoming food products, and organized clothing and food donations. s The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House—Held in honor of Naomi Sewell Richardson, volunteers worked on the historical collection by editing the recorded oral histories in the National Archives of Black Women’s History, the former headquarters of the NaMembers JOURNAL Summer 2013 29


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