Project D.S.T. – A Delaware Statewide Service Initiative
Submitted by Dawnée A. Watson-Bouie
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Many communities are being vaccinated, feeling more hopeful and looking forward to safely returning to the “new normal” of our country and looking forward to living in a post-pandemic world. However, many African-American and Latino communities are still facing the pre-pandemic realities of limited access to resources and financial stability. This dilemma is not unfamiliar to struggling neighborhoods living in generational poverty. Yet, it has been exacerbated due to the global health crisis that many have endured regardless of gender, age, religion, educational background. or class. Many Black and Brown Americans do not have a place called “work” to which they can return. Yet their babies still need diapers, and working-class families need personal care items to sustain their basic desire and need for human dignity.
With a sense of urgency and realistic compassion, members from Dover Alumnae Chapter (DAC), Middletown (DE) Alumnae Chapter (MAC), Sussex County Alumnae Chapter (SCAC), Wilmington (DE) Alumnae Chapter (WAC) and Mu Pi Chapter (MP), University of Delaware, filled the gaps and answered the call through a Delta Statewide Service Initiative. Five Delaware chapters (four alumnae and one collegiate) delivered much needed items, Diapers, Sanitary and Toiletry products (D.S.T.) on June 4-5. Drop-offs were made to various statewide community organizations spanning a 91-mile service area from Seaford to Wilmington. Through Project D.S.T., a total of 23,843 diapers and baby wipes (12,824 items), sanitary items (6,395) and socks (1,246); toiletries (5,065) and T-shirts (352). In addition, a variety of miscellaneous cleaning, sanitizing, and household goods were provided to the community organizations listed below.
Dover Alumnae Chapter: Children’s Choice, Mamie A. Warren Senior Center in Smyrna; People’s Place, Whatcoat Social Services, Shepherd Place, Inc. and Delaware Veterans Home in Milford.
Middletown (DE) Alumnae Chapter: Neighborhood House and Brian Conley Veteran Resiliency Center in Middletown.
Sussex County Alumnae Chapter: Ace Center, Immanuel Shelter, and DAPI (Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc.) in Georgetown.
Wilmington (DE) Alumnae Chapter: Black Mothers in Power, Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc. (DAPI), Hope Center, Mary Mother of Hope House II, and the Home-Life Management Center, sponsored by the YWCA in Wilmington.
Mu Pi Chapter: University of Delaware
Congratulations, with gratitude, to the Delaware Statewide Coordinator and each Committee Chair for their timely action! The compassionate service to the State of Delaware communities makes our entire sorority glow with public service and sisterly Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., JOY!
Submitted by Dawnée A. Watson-Bouie Extra! Extra! Read All About the collective action and service to the State of Delaware Communities. Many communities are being vaccinated, feeling more hopeful and looking forward to safely returning to the “new normal” of our country and looking forward to living in a post-pandemic world. However, many African-American and …