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Economic Development


Foster Care Luggage Drive

There are over 960 foster children in Monroe County. In recent years, the number of certified foster homes has decreased by 20% in this area. Often times, youth move from home to home without adequate luggage for their belongings. Through the Foster Care Luggage Drive, Rochester Alumnae Chapter collects new or gently used luggage to donate to the Department of Social Services Foster Care Division. The program runs from February through April. Our target for 2014 is 100 pieces of luggage. Donations can be dropped off at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church at 141 Adams Street, Rochester, New York 14608. Luggage will be presented to the Department of Social Services in May…which is National Foster Care Month. This program aligns with the Delta Sigma Theta Economic Development Programmatic Thrust.


YMCA Shoebox

YWCA Christmas Shoebox

Every Christmas,  the YWCA sponsors a giving program that  fills shoeboxes with toys and school supplies. The Rochester Alumnae Chapter participates by filling and donating 100 Christmas Shoeboxes with toiletries for men, women, and children. The packages are then distributed the women they serve in the Rochester community. This program aligns with the Delta Sigma Theta Economic Development Programmatic Thrust.


Educational Development

Reading is Fun

Reading Is Fun

Reading Is Fun is a Books & School Supplies Program designed to promote literacy and model citizenship at the elementary school level. The program runs from April to June. Rochester Alumnae Chapter donates books and school supplies to a local classroom at School #19. Youth can earn Delta Dollars/Coupons for being model citizens and inquiring readers. Delta Dollars can be used to purchase items from the teacher’s classroom store.  This program aligns with the Delta Sigma Theta Educational Development Programmatic Thrust.


Frederick Douglass Speech Arts Competition

One weekend each November at the Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, students from the Rochester community compete in the Frederick Douglass Speech Arts Competition.  The Oratorical Competition is designed to promote the growth and development of oratorical skills in young school age students.  The competition requires each participant to deliver one of Frederick Douglass’s speeches.  The Rochester Alumnae Chapter is responsible for registering participants, judging, tallying scores and the reception held directly following the competition. This program aligns with the Delta Sigma Theta Educational Development Programmatic Thrust.


Community Child Care Center

The Community Child Care Center Adoption Program is designed to support early childhood development by assisting with the upkeep of building and grounds of the childcare facility at 170 Troup Street Rochester, New York 14608.  Our aim is to help maintain a safe and positive environment in which children can learn. In conjunction with our  Delta Academy and G.E.M.S. Program, we assist the childcare center by cleaning classrooms, sterilizing toys, raking leaves, and attending to flower gardens.   In addition, we donate toys and stuffed animals to the children at Christmas. This program aligns with the Delta Sigma Theta Physical and Mental Health Programmatic Thrust.

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Delta Academy

Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women for the 21st Century the Delta Academy was created out of an urgent sense that bold action was needed to save our young females (ages 11-14) from the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled futures. Delta Academy provides an opportunity to enrich and enhance the education that our young teens receive in public schools across the nation. Specifically, we augment their scholarship in math, science, and technology, their opportunities to provide service in the form of leadership through service learning, and their sisterhood, defined as the cultivation service learning, and their sisterhood, defined as the cultivation and maintenance of relationships. A primary goal of the program is to prepare young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century. We will attain this goal through activities outlined in the three components of the Delta Academy: Sisterhood, Scholarship, and Service.


Delta Growing & Empowering Myself Successfully (G.E.M.S.)

A natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly successful Dr. Betty Shabaaz Delta Academy: Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Delta Gems was created to catch the dreams of African American at-risk, adolescent girls aged 14-18. Delta GEMS provides the frame work to actualize those dreams through the performance of specific tasks that develop a CAN DO attitude. The goals for Delta GEMS are:

  • To instill the need to excel academically
  • To provide tools that enable girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success
  • To assist girls in proper goal setting and planning for their futures high school and beyond
  • To create compassionate, caring, and community minded young women by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities.

The Delta GEMS framework is composed of five major components (Scholarship, Sisterhood, Show Me the Money, Service, and Infinitely Complete), forming a road map for college and career planning. Topics within the five major components are designed to provide interactive lessons and activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth.

International Awareness & Involvement


Spoons for Haiti

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Physical & Mental Health


2013 Living Wellness

The Living Wellness Program is designed to raise the awareness of women’s health nationwide.  The program ran from February 2012 until February 2013….. Rochester Alumnae Chapter Deltas participated in a variety of aerobic exercises throughout the course of the year in an effort to collectively complete 2,013 hours of exercise.  A record was kept of fitness progress and  results will be unveiled at 100th Centennial Convention. This program aligns with the Delta Sigma Theta Physical and Mental Health Programmatic Thrust.


5K Walk/Run for Education and Health

Each Fall the Rochester Alumnae Chapter hosts this endeavor to not only raise funds for our community service projects and Maude Orman Scholarship Fund, but also for families, friends and local organizations to come together centered on a great cause. With this endeavor, our hope is to elevate awareness of the importance of an education and a healthy lifestyle. Participants are able to race amongst their peers and receive acknowledgement of their time during the 5K. Organizations like Healthy Hero, Perinatal Network of Monroe Count, and Mary Kay Cosmetics are just a few of the groups present during our Health and Education Fair. Families are sure to enjoy themselves with line dancing and Zumba sessions!

Political Awareness & Involvement

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Delta Days in City Hall

On November 15, 2011, Mayor Thomas S. Richards issued a proclamation declaring it Delta Day in Rochester, New York.  That marked an historic event for the city and the Rochester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  More than 30 sorors attended some or all of the scheduled activities of Delta Day at City Hall.  This event  was a first for the Rochester Alumnae Chapter, a first for any local fraternity or sorority and a first for the City of Rochester.  The purpose of the day was to help sorors better understand the workings of the city government, to give sorors an opportunity to discuss issues around education, youth services and public safety  and to  find potential avenues where the chapter and the city could work together in the future on issues affecting the Rochester community.


Voter Education/Registration Initiative

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated has a long tradition in its involvement with issues impacting the African American Community.  Delta’s participation in the Women’s Suffrage March on March 3, 1913 was the sorority’s first organized activity after its founding.  Since Delta is a non-partisan organization, the Rochester Alumnae Chapter seeks to ensure our community is properly informed about the election process through voter education activities.  In addition, numerous voter registration drives were conducted so members of our community have the ability to exercise their constitutional right to vote.  In 2011-2012, our chapter registered 622 voters.  This program aligns with the Delta Sigma Theta Political Awareness and Involvement Programmatic Thrust.


Night with the Candidates

These events are designed to inform and educate our community so they are prepared to vote in upcoming elections.  Candidates introduce themselves to the audience and share their platform.  During the balance of the time, participants submit questions which are then answered by each candidate.  Mt. Olivet Baptist Church and First Genesis Baptist Church hosted the 10/4/2012 and 10/16/2012 events respectively. This program aligns with the Delta Sigma Theta Political Awareness and Involvement Programmatic Thrust.