2020 Candidate Forum Partner:
Delta Iota Omega Chapter - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
The Delta Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® is one of the many graduate chapters that make up Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA), an international, non-profit service organization. AKA is America's first black sorority, founded at Howard University in 1908 by African-American college women. The Pensacola chapter has dedicated itself to providing programs of service and social action in the Pensacola and surrounding communities since 1946.
This tradition of service and social action began with seven charter members and continues through the talents and skills of over one hundred women of diverse talents and interests. Among the local AKA members are professional women and retired professionals who want to advance the aims of the international organization through scholarship, leadership, and service.
2020 Candidate Forum Partner: The Links Inc.
The Links, Incorporated is an international not for profit organization founded in 1946. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest African American women service organizations in the world with more than 16,000 members, in 288 chapters, located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom.
This organization of extraordinary African American women is devoted to service that strengthens African American communities by providing outstanding programs and services within five (5) program facets which include: Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services. Links’ members donate millions of documented service hours in our respective communities, collectively, annually.
March 2021 Partner: ECARE
Meet our March 2021 partner: ECARE, Every Child A Reader in Escambia. Their mission is to "maximize children’s potential through increased school readiness" so that "every student starts kindergarten ready to learn." You can learn more about this wonderful volunteer organization by watching the video of our March Meeting on March 20, available on Facebook and YouTube. Or you can explore their website at https://www.escambiareads.org/.
April 2021 Partner: Manna Food Pantries
Our event partner for April 2021 was Manna Food Pantries. Manna is a local, grassroots non-profit dedicated to fighting hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Their mission is to offer emergency food assistance, service the food-related needs of vulnerable populations, and engage the entire community in the fight against hunger.
Just like LWVPBA, Manna is nonsectarian, community focused and volunteer supported! Watch the video of our April Meeting on Facebook or YouTube to learn more or explore the "Manna Helps" Facebook page or website:
February and August 2021 Partner:
Pensacola Young Professionals
Meet our partner for February and August 2021: Pensacola Young Professionals. The mission of the Pensacola Young Professionals is to share their passion for and belief in the Pensacola area, and to act as a catalyst for positive change in our community.
Their vision is to make the Pensacola Bay area one of the nation’s premier places to live, work, and play, and to serve as a model for all young professional organizations.
PYP engages young professionals and helps them find a place to belong, build a sense of competence about our community, and feel empowered to influence change in a positive direction. Learn more about this group by watching the February Meeting video on Facebook/YouTube. Or you can explore the PYP website and Facebook page:
Our Partner for October is a community-based disaster coalition that leads emergency preparedness, response, and recovery efforts in Escambia County.
For 14 years, BRACE has trained and mobilized volunteers, and collaborated with local, regional, and national partners to ensure the disaster readiness of our community. Their programs include:
Business Continuity Initiative
October 2021 Community Partner:
BRACE - Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies
AmeriCorps VISTA Project
Youth and Disabilities
November 2021 Community Partner:
JUST Pensacola - Justice United Seeking Transformation in Pensacola
JUST Pensacola is a diverse and growing coalition of 20 congregations working for justice in Pensacola. This newly formed organization is entering their inaugural cycle of;
listening to surface community problems
researching systemic solutions
taking direct action to hold decision makers accountable for change
They are currently forming Justice Ministry Teams within our member congregations, and will be holding house meetings this fall.
They are a local affiliate of DART (Direct Action and Research Center), a network of 28 grassroots organizations bringing people together across racial, religious, and socioeconomic lines to pursue justice.
For more information, please visit DART and JUST Pensacola on the Internet or Facebook:
February 2022 Community Partner: Sunday's Child
The goal of Sunday's Child is to inspire change in the Pensacola Bay Area by funding projects that enrich the quality of life and well-being of others.
Launched in 2014, Sunday’s Child uses a fundraising model similar to Impact 100 — individual members or member ensembles donate $1,000 annually, with 100 percent of funds going toward grant awards to local organizations. Grant applications are vetted by Sunday’s Child members, and the winners of each year’s grants are determined by the votes of members at the annual meeting.
Over the past seven years, Sunday’s Child has raised over $644,000 for local organizations. Each and every dollar raised has been used to fund projects which impact areas such as child welfare, animal welfare, hunger issues, LGBTQ+ issues, health, adults with disabilities and the arts.
For more information on this worthwhile organization, visit http://www.sundayschild.org/. Be sure to check out the amazing grants Sunday's Child has awarded on the News & Events page.