The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Greater Cleveland Chapter
I am honored and humbled to serve as the Greater Cleveland Delta Foundation Life Development Center (GCDFLDC) President for 2022-2024. The Greater Cleveland Delta Foundation Life Development Center Inc., is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1997 for the purpose of providing a permanent home for the Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Our mission is to promote educational, health, government, economics, social and cultural programs for the community. Our theme for 2022-2024 is Working for Today to Change Tomorrow and our focus is Community, Collaboration and Commitment.
During the 2021 board year, The GCDFLDC set an important goal to pay off the Delta Center’s mortgage located at 11955 Shaker Boulevard. With the generous support of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., donors, friends and supporters we achieved our goal. We extend a heartfelt thank you to all that supported the GCDFLDC efforts. During the 2021 board year, the GCDFLDC collaborated with the Cleveland Food Bank to feed 373 families, partnered with local experts to present educational and health seminars, sponsored a community virtual walk and mentored CMSD students in our Stephanie Tubbs Jones Leadership Academy. The GCDFLDC is committed to continue the rich legacy of serving and uplifting our Cleveland area community.
Our vision for GCDFLDC is a future where we continue to grow and support important service-oriented causes that are crucial to our community, develop and create lasting partnerships . Thanks to the accomplishments and remarkable work of our Board of Directors, Advisory Board Members, Friends of GCDFLDC, and volunteers, we have begun a movement for transformative change in our community that the GCDFLDC is committed to help nurture and grow.
On behalf of the Greater Cleveland Delta Foundation Life Development Center, Inc., we are committed to “working for today to change tomorrow”. Thank you for your continued support.
Tamia D. Woods “Our community, have complications with understanding the need for education, understanding finances and how to advance in the corporate work environment. Black people especially black women suffer from financial trauma, financial abuse, and financial shaming. According to article Fact Sheet: Black Women’s Financial Trauma written by Chloe B. McKenzie, “Financial trauma is rooted in our financial system, which has historically dehumanized, and shamed black women based on their race, gender, and socioeconomic status as well as their net worth”. Helping build a more confident woman, both young and old can help decrease the financial and educational gap that we have in our community.”
Markayla Mariner “A very pressing issue affecting Black women and girls today is the importance of mental health. Society deems for Black women and girls to be strong in all circumstances. We are often the backbone of our families. Unfortunately, when involving generational trauma (racism, health, financial instability, hardships, forms of abuse, etc.), our strength can only take us so far. Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety can stem from the challenges mentioned above, and I want to advocate for more accessibility of mental health resources. From a personal viewpoint, I also want to reassure Black women and girls to be comfortable and feel secure in seeking help and achieving self-validation.”
Moriah Batiest “A current issue I would advocate for and that is affecting black women and girls would be unconscious bias and a lack of equity in the workplace. As a black woman in corporate America, I understand that a large percentage of black women are paid unfairly and are under pressure to perform against company expectations. I would develop programming to develop awareness and provide solutions.”