Amazing, Incredible, Marvelous, Miraculous, Grateful, Excited and Hopeful! These words, these descriptors, only partially portray the excitement we wish to share with you in announcing the development and near completion of the Providence Community Center (The Center). Finally, a facility, carefully designed to be a Best-Practice in terms of community programming, will offer services to everyone in one of Tallahassee’s oldest, most distressed, and yet proud communities.
Our volunteers, donors, and other supporters have worked hard for nearly 5 years, investing thousands of hours of sweat equity, caring and focus for the singular purpose of bringing to fruition something which could be considered “best” to a community arguably much too familiar with the worst. With 100% of construction completed, the Center is scheduled for the Grand Opening on September 18, 2012. The Center is the brainchild of the Delta Kappa Omega Foundation.
A few years ago, we gained knowledge about the City of Tallahassee and its partnerships with 501C (3) organizations. We pursued that avenue along with the Providence Neighborhood Association and community; and today we have the Delta Kappa Omega/Providence Community Service Center. The Delta Kappa Omega Foundation membership consists of 160 women dedicated to serving the Providence community. The service of Delta Kappa Omega Foundation to the Providence community coincides with the program initiatives and needs of the City of Tallahassee, Providence Neighborhood Association and community. Foundation members are fully committed to the success of the center and have established an annual assessment per member to assure support of the Center.
In 2012, the Capital Region Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council announced that the Delta Kappa Omega/Providence Community Service Center was the recipient of its first annual Green Building Outreach Initiative. This assistance program allowed developers of the Center to receive the chapter payment of LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification fees and the pro bono services of USGBC volunteers for the design and documentation required for certification as a “green building.”