Azalea City Chapter was chartered twenty-three years ago (June 26, 1995) by a diverse group of dynamic women who represented many professional fields. Today, members of Azalea City Chapter are outstanding leaders in the fields of business, education, finance, government, law, literacy, medicine, technology, corporate management, and science. The members sit on national, regional, state and local boards of major organizations serving the business, academic, social and civic communities. Azalea City Chapter is one of six chapters in the Metropolitan Atlanta area.
Through the years, the leadership has ensured that Azalea City Chapter focuses on National program initiatives and, as a result, the chapter has created outstanding, innovative award-winning programs and has received several awards both at the organization’s National Assembly as well as Southern Area Conferences. In addition to the following chapter accomplishments, most recently, Azalea City Chapter is proud to have received two national awards during the 41st Links National Assembly held in Indianapolis, IN:
(1st Place Umbrella Program award) National Trends & Services: Covenant House of Champions based on Azalea City Chapter’s transformational programming provided to the residents of the Covenant House of Georgia where youth received life-building skills that aided them in learning to live independently and become productive citizens
(3rd Place award) Services to Youth — Integrated Program: Linking Children to Success: Achieving Excellence (Pre-K-6th Grade) where Azalea City Links serve as a partner and conduit to assist Michael R. Hollis Innovation Academy in achieving its mission on closing the educational gap and furthering academic excellence.
Both awards resulted in monetary contributions that will be used to continue the chapter’s outstanding programming initiatives.
A few of Azalea City Chapter’s accomplishments of note include:
Providing on-going support of the Covenant House Georgia in Metro Atlanta with sustainable programs, workshops, meals, gifts, and special support to the Rights of Passage residents
Providing on-going monetary support of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program, as a donor to the Azira G. Hill Scholarship Fund, so named for one of Azalea City’s beloved Alumna and Charter member, Azira G. Hill
Awarded over $10,000 in scholastic support of former SWAGG student at Savannah State University during the 2014-2018 academic years
Supported Bethune Elementary School with a $10,000 donation over 2014-2015 academic year
Donated $25,000 to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding hospital in 2014
Created a partnership with “Be the Match,” which is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program as a cornerstone of Azalea City’s Health and Human Services programming; partnered with Morehouse College in conducting multiple blood drives which included information on tissue and organ donation
Implemented annual Pre-Holiday Artisan Showcase, which focuses on exposing minority artisans to the community
Implemented “Remembering Our Legends and Honoring our Torchbearers,” a 2012 collaboration with the GA Legislative Black Caucus providing a showcase exhibit at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on the legislative journey for African American legislators
Implemented Teen Empowerment Program at inner-city Washington High School, Atlanta, GA
Awarded educational scholarships through the Trumpet Awards program
Offered support of Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV) with donations of personal care items
Supported students involved in the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation Leadership Development Program
Supported the Kinship Center/Grandparents Raising Grandchildren “Umbrella Program” through workshops, mentoring, field trips and the purchase of a 15-passenger van as well as the purchase of a piano for piano lessons; provided a well-attended Health Fair for over 400 participants of the Clayton County community in addition to other monetary support
Partnered with La Gonâve Haiti Partnership, a local organization which helps Haitians to improve access to healthcare, education, economic opportunity, sanitation and clean water. Additionally, Azalea City Chapter over the years has partnered with La Gonâve in providing girls dresses, medical and personal supplies, baby kits, shoes and financial support for medicine in Haiti
Supported the Atlanta Ministry for International Students and the Morehouse School of Medicine’s International Health Council’s medical mission to Haiti through Project MEDISHARE
Supported Carrie Steele-Pitts orphanage with donations of goods, services, and scholarships to students who matriculated to higher education
Supported the Fulton County Juvenile Court with “Project SWAGG: Linking Success to Better Choices,” a confidence and character-building program 2012–2015
Provided support of orphanage in the Ivory Coast of Africa, delivering much needed supplies, materials and toys for the children including collecting and sending Black Dolls and books to South African students
Planned Beau-Cotillion 1997, 2000, 2003, an event introducing young ladies and men to society
Developed “Haitian and Proud,” focusing on health and social awareness for Atlanta-area Haitians
Through Azalea City Chapter’s umbrella program, the chapter provides ongoing support to the Covenant House of Georgia, a refuge and safe haven for homeless youth in Atlanta. Our program places special emphasis on mentoring and assisting this special population of residents who are in their final stages of residency at the shelter and are making plans for independent living. Azalea City has created a special bond with these residents and has provided workshops, jewelry making sessions, political awareness seminars, job readiness workshops, field trip experiences, food, clothing, and real-life assistance to these young people. One Connecting Link even taught the young men how to tie a neck tie, a life changing event, which several of the youth had never experienced. In addition, over the last five years, Azalea City Chapter has formed an invaluable partnership with Hollis Innovation Academy (formerly Bethune Elementary School) in developing an integrated program with a strong emphasis being placed on literacy, career development and STEM education.
Azalea City Chapter continues to provide world class service and transformational programming in an effort to strengthen our bonds of friendship and fulfill our promise of providing impactful service to our communities. And for this reason, we look forward to continuing outstanding service to the Greater Atlanta Community and beyond in many years to come.