A 60-year old Wilmington public service sorority plans to open an education and outreach center in northeast Wilmington. On Saturday, October 22, The Delta Outreach and Education Center, Incorporated (DOEC) established by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Wilmington, DE Alumnae Chapter, held a “Settlement Celebration” to commemorate the purchase of land it plans use as thel hub for a wealth of community enrichment activities. The event was held at 330 East 30th Street in Wilmington from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the site of the proposed facility.
Elected officials, members of a variety of civic organizations, church groups, Greek letter organizations and community residents attended the event.
The Delta Outreach and Education Center, is a collaborative community outreach organization established in 1993 by the Wilmington (DE) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity, DOEC provides a broad range of educational, cultural and personal enrichment programs largely for women and girls. Existing programs include:
- The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, a national leadership development initiative that provides enriching, educational activities and mentoring to girls age 11-14, a crucial time in their development.
- The Summer Reading Program, which strengthens reading skills and builds literary competence for underserved, at risk, or economically challenged inner city youths.
- The Jabberwock academic scholarship program (for high school junior and senior girls).
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is a private, non-profit organization of more than 200,000 predominately Black college educated women. The Sorority has a long history of public service and civic involvement with over 900 chapters worldwide. With more than 200 members in northern Delaware, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Wilmington (DE) Alumnae Chapter is a sisterhood called to serve. Chartered March 6, 1949 in Wilmington, the local alumnae chapter seeks to transform lives and impact Delaware communities through a wealth of projects and programs, including:
- Adopt-a-Family and Black History Month programs,
- Dr. Jeanne L. Noble GEMS Institute – A 9-month program for potentially at risk 9th – 12th grade female students that helps build a CAN DO attitude through personal development, academic enrichment and self reflection.
- Physical and Mental Health Symposiums
- May Week Oratorical and Artistic Expression Showcase
- Thanksgiving Basket Program (for the elderly and physically challenged)
The land and planned facility will not only allow for the expansion of DOEC programs, but will also provide a space for myriad public outreach services. DOEC hopes to break ground for the building by December 2013.
For more information about Delta Outreach and Education Center, Inc., please visit www.doecinc.org.