Building on an exemplary beginning, Azalea City Chapter has initiated several programs over the years, some of which are listed below and others which are described in further detail following this list:
- Project Walking Fete – a National Program
- Support of an orphanage in the Ivory Coast of Africa
- Black Dolls for South African girls
- Beau-Cotillion 1997, 2000, and 2003
- Reading Programs in two elementary schools
- Support of the Haitian Community through the “Haitian and Proud” program
- Support of the Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV)
- Support of AMIS – The Atlanta Ministry for International Students
- Support of Susan G. Komen Foundation
- Support of the Covenant House, a “safe house” for homeless youth
- Support of the Bronze Film Festival, which features black film makers and their films
Teen Empowerment Program
One of the most exciting first programs was the Teen Empowerment Program at Washington High School. This program gave high-potential, inner city girls regular opportunities for exposure to experiences which enriched their lives and their learning. One such activity was a field trip where the girls were flown to Washington, DC for a day of activities, including a visit to the Smithsonian Institute and visits with. In addition, two of the girls were participants in the 2003 Beau-Cotillion.
Carrie Steele Pitts Orphanage
Azalea City Chapter has supported, for many years, and continues to support the
Carrie Steele Pitts Orphanage in southwest Atlanta. Donations of personal items, clothing, toys, gift cards, and financial support and computers to graduating students are just some of the special projects undertaken at Carrie Steele Pitts Orphanage. The focus has been to assist high school seniors in their last year at the orphanage and to provide initial support for adjustment after age 18.
Azalea City Chapter has been generous and initially provided educational scholarships to students in the community through its “Hamilton E. Holmes, MD and Nelson McGhee, MD Scholarship Award.” For many years, the Chapter has been a contributor to the Trumpet Awards Scholarship Program.
Talent Development Program of the ASO/Azira G. Hill Scholarship Fund Yet another long-standing project is the support of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program and the Azira G. Hill Scholarship Fund, named in honor of Azalea City Chapter Alumna member Azira G. Hill. The chapter gives annual support by funding scholarships for students to attend prestigious music camps and by attending the Spring Recitals and Fall Musicales. Additionally, the Chapter showcases the students periodically by having them perform at activities sponsored by the Chapter. In 2009, Azalea City Chapter entered this program in The Links, Incorporated Signature Program status for The Arts: Arts Through the Ages and received a $300 stipend at the 2010 National Assembly. Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program
“Food for the Soul” Arts Series
Established several years ago, the Food for the Soul Arts Series was re-energized in recent years to include the presentation of several Atlanta-area authors at book signings.
“Linking The Past to the Future: Helping Grandparents Raise Grandchildren” program
From 2006 to 2011, Azalea City Chapter focused on a segment of society which receives little to no support — grandparents raising grandchildren. Azalea City Chapter supported the Kinship Care Resource Center Program at the Shelnutt Intergenerational Center located in Clayton County, GA by being available to mentor the youth and provide financial support through its Umbrella Program “Linking the Past to the Future: Helping Grandparents Raise Grandchildren.” With funds raised by the 2007 fundraising luncheon, Azalea City Chapter awarded $50,000 to the Kinship Center, which allowed for the purchase of many needed items, including a van for transportation. Also, the Chapter provided on-going support services in the form of healthy-living workshops to both the children and the grandparents. The children at the Kinship Center were encouraged in 2008 to take the “Go-Healthy Challenge,” and many did. Individual Chapter members served as mentors to the children and provided moral support, field trips to cultural events, and special treats throughout the year. On April 24, 2010, the Chapter sponsored a Health Fair on the grounds of the Kinship Center and served over 400 clients. In February and March of 2011, the Southern Area’s Childhood Obesity Prevention program was presented at the Kinship Center, and over twenty-five students and grandparents completed the 6-week training program. Azalea City received one of seven $2500 grants awarded from the Southern Area of The Links, Incorporated to implement and pilot this program.
Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy
Azalea City Chapter is a partner with the five other Atlanta-area Links Chapters in the support of the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy, the only single-gender girls’ school of the Atlanta Public Schools system. Since the school’s inaugural year in 2007, Azalea City Chapter has donated to the purchase of uniforms for the girls for two school terms, and Chapter members mentored the middle school girls for several years. In conjunction with the other chapters, Azalea City helps to provide special programs, such as the Speakers Bureau, where Links speak to the students monthly on a specific topic; the Holiday Shopping Spree, where gifts are donated and the girls “shop” for holiday gifts for their family members and themselves; and, the Valentine Shoe Box distribution where members filled and decorated shoe boxes with much needed personal items and special treats, and the girls were given the boxes as incentive rewards.
Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation
From 2009 – 2011, Azalea City Chapter had a partnership with the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation. The Foundation empowers students with the tools to live and grow as savvy and sophisticated leaders, critical thinkers, successful salesmen and women, and young adults with a strong and unwavering sense of self esteem. The Chapter members worked with and mentored the Foundation’s high school seniors during 2010 – 2011 to provide them with guidance as they applied for and were readied to attend college. Students were awarded monetary awards to assist with college preparation expenses at the end of the program year.
Brooke Jackson Edmonds interviews students for the MJYF!!!
Morehouse School of Medicine’s International Health Council and Project Medishare
in August of 2010, the Chapter made a donation of $5,568 to the Morehouse School of Medicine’s International Health Council and Project Medishare for its 2011 medical mission to Haiti. In addition, the chapter purchased many medical supplies and disposable cameras, which were taken to Haiti when the students traveled during the summer of 2011. A memorandum of understanding, which clearly defined the partnership, existed between the Morehouse School of Medicine and the Chapter.
Spotlighting some of the more significant fund raising efforts of the Chapter, the Green and White Luncheon, a signature fundraising event, has allowed the Chapter to be very successful in its fundraising endeavors. Proceeds from these luncheons have allowed the Chapter to further its program development and provide priceless opportunities to the various populations whom we serve. Proceeds from the 2007 “Green and White Panache – Crystal Champagne and Caviar” produced one of the larger donations received by The Links Foundation, Incorporated designated for a specific program facet — “Linking the Past to the Future: Helping Grandparents Raise Grandchildren.” In May of 2010, the Chapter presented “Celebrating the Classics,” a theatre night, in celebration of the Chapter’s fifteenth anniversary, featuring the True Colors Theatre Company in the production of “JITNEY” at the Southwest Arts Center. In February of 2011, we returned to the Southwest Arts Center and True Colors Theatre Company with another fundraiser and presented the Kenny Leon directed performance “Broke-ology.”