Fort Washington Alumnae Cluster Keeps Joy in Sisterhood
Submitted by DeLisa Prater and Robyn Pettiford
The Fort Washington Alumnae Chapter (FWAC), located in Southern Prince George’s County and Charles County, Maryland, fully understands the importance of being our Sister’s Keeper. The Chapter successfully launched the FWAC Clusters Program during Sisterhood Month in March 2020. With President Millicent Hawkins’s vision to promote sisterhood bonding through geographical proximity outside of formal chapter events and the Membership Services Committee’s theme of “Cultivating Our Connections,” this Clusters Program was designed for success. Promoting our National President’s idea to “Keep the Joy in our Sisterhood,” the program provided a forum for chapter members to build sisterly bonds, engage in social activities, and support one another during times of need. What happened? All become familiar with Deltas living in their community. They connected through walks, daily motivations, exercises self-care virtual sessions, and movie and GirlTrek Watch Parties.
The program’s goals were simple: 1) connect with Deltas geographically and generationally who have similar interests, 2) increase awareness of chapter members, and offer support during crucial time and needs, 3) strengthen the power and joy of sisterhood, and 4) to have F.U.N.!!
While the COVID-19 pandemic affected the ability to fellowship in person, the clusters instantly cultivated connections as a measure of encouragement and support. Led by liaisons and captains, the clusters made tremendous community impact such as:
Mask distribution to the Greater Baden Medical/P.G. Hospital/Fort Washington Hospital to partner with Prince George’s County District 9 Councilman Sydney Harrison and Masks Across America to assist with the distribution of 2,600 masks.
Provided 150 “Thinking of You” cards to Forestville Health Care Center residents seniors.
Provided materials and sheets to make masks for Charles County Front-Line Responders and nursing home workers at the request of our Emergency Response Team Committee, which resulted in 6,000 masks to front-line responders.
Partnered with the COVID 19 Capital Area Food Bank Drive collaboration with Gamma Phi Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and served 1,500 families.
As a volunteer chapter initiative, with 60% of members participation of Divas, Dolls, and Dears, the FWAC Clusters Program continues providing sisterly bonding, social activities, and community outreach by tapping into its most precious assets – Our Sorors.
“Alone, we can do so little, and together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
Submitted by DeLisa Prater and Robyn Pettiford The Fort Washington Alumnae Chapter (FWAC), located in Southern Prince George’s County and Charles County, Maryland, fully understands the importance of being our Sister’s Keeper. The Chapter successfully launched the FWAC Clusters Program during Sisterhood Month in March 2020. With President Millicent Hawkins’s vision to promote sisterhood bonding …