The Columbia (MD) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated
The Columbia Maryland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated was chartered in 1971, just four years after the town of Columbia was established in Howard County, Maryland. The alumnae chapter of DST executes public service programs under their sorority’s five-point programmatic thrust: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Political awareness and Involvement, and Physical and Mental health.
The alumnae chapter of DST’s Community Outreach Committee leads the charge in leadership and service within Howard County. The committee has partnered with Howard Community College to sponsor their adopt-a-family program for the entire sorority year, providing clothes, toiletries, food, and gifts to a family of four. They support Columbia Community Care, which was founded by a Wilde Lake High School student, every second Saturday of each month to volunteer at their food pantry, by breaking down donations for residents to shop at their various food hubs. During the holidays, the committee partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots foundation sorting over 1000 toys to provide them to local families. Delta Sigma Theta’s national service initiative this year focused on domestic violence.
To quote Dr. Dorothy Irene Height – 10th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, ”Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It’s important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It’s the way in which we ourselves grow and develop.”