23 May The University of Alabama Collaborating with the Community to Promote Culture and Awareness
The University of Alabama’s Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma, Delta Xi, has teamed up with the Holt Community Partnership, a non-profit that is dedicated to advancing the Holt Community. Since 2010, the Holt Community Partnership has assembled a festival that focuses on Holt’s unique culture. This festival draws from local talent to national headliners for music, food, and activities for all ages. It provides Holt an outlet in which to display the creativity, resiliency and service of Holt community members.
In April 2011, a devastating EF4 tornado carved a path through the Tuscaloosa community, producing the most damage in Holt. Since Holt is the most economically depressed community in Tuscaloosa, it has not since had the resources or attention that other areas in Tuscaloosa have, and this community is still reeling and trying to rebuild. The advisor of Delta Xi Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma learned about Holt’s story and about the Holt Community Festival, which needed another partner for 2013. Since November 2012, Delta Xi members have been regularly attending Holt Community Partnership executive board meetings in order to produce strong bonds and understand the needs of the community.
On April 13th, 2013, the fourth annual Holt Community Festival will take place. Delta Xi will be in charge of four activity stations for elementary aged children. There will be two nutrition stations and two physical activity stations. Several members of Delta Xi have been hard at work preparing for the Holt Community Festival, and are hoping for an excellent turn out. More importantly, this is an opportunity for Delta Xi to forge a long-term partnership with a community partner that is actively working to improve their community.