Since its founding in 1913, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated has been committed to advocacy and action. Beginning with its participation in the Women’s Suffrage March of 1913, the Sorority has clearly distinguished itself as a public service organization that boldly confronts the challenges of African Americans, inclusive of all Americans. Over the years, a wide range of programs addressing education, health, international development, social activism, and strengthening of the African American family have evolved. In realizing its mission, Delta Sigma Theta provides an extensive array of public service initiatives through its Five-Point Program Thrust of Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement.
Chartered on February 3, 1921, the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter (WDCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has mirrored its national programs of community service. During the past 95+ years, WDCAC has worked tirelessly to develop and implement empowering programs and initiatives that emulate its shared mission with that of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Through the years, the creative approaches by the Chapter to mitigate and address community issues have been through job opportunity and training initiatives, library and literacy projects, and a willingness to share skills, knowledge, and material goods. The chapter has humbly volunteered at or provided financial assistance to organizations such as New Endeavors by Women, So Others Might Eat, Food and Friends, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Junior Village, YWCA, NAACP, NCNW, Urban League, American Red Cross, The College Fund, the Girl Scouts of America, United Givers Fund, Southeast Boys Club, Health and Welfare Council, Iona Whipper Home, International Student House, Hospital for Sick Children, Washington Center for Aging Citizens, Tower Girls, Water & Education International (WEI), and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
In the long-standing tradition of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter continues to advance its efforts to strengthen African American families and communities through the Sorority’s Five-Point Program Thrust of:
- Economic Development
- Educational Development
- Political Awareness and Involvement
- Physical and Mental Health
- International Awareness and Involvement