S: 2013: Freddie L. Groomes-McLendon Caring Award: Soror Dionne Mahaffey - Nu Lambda Omega Chapter - Atlanta, GA
1: Reference Sheet
2: Soror Dionne Mahaffey
3: Why I Volunteer? | Demonstration of Genuine Long-term interest in others who are in need or less fortunate Since childhood it has been instilled in me that volunteering and giving time to serve others should be a “way of life.” It is a noble thing to lend a hand for the greater good of all mankind. We should all give time in service to those in need for no reward, favor or any grand show of gratitude. To that end, I strive daily to “do something – for somebody” as my grandmother would often say. My volunteerism and philanthropy are a result of the instilled set of values that compel me to act on deeply held beliefs about the importance of helping others. In this book I strive to demonstrate the importance of caring, volunteerism and rendering service on behalf of others. It is in no particular order, but does highlight the areas below: Demonstration of ability to establish trust and to relate/work well with individuals and groups of diverse background(s) – (youth, elderly, disabled, homeless, minorities, immigrants, indigent, ill/injured, handicapped). -Respect for Life Foundation/ Board Member – 1995 to Present (elderly services) -United Way Volunteer Involvement Program/ Volunteer– 1999 to Present (worked on service/programming for elderly, disabled, homeless, less fortunate) -Atlanta Union Mission / Volunteer – 2010 to present (homeless) -Hands on Atlanta Volunteer – 2008 to present (homeless, environment, youth, elderly) - .. among others Demonstration of long-term community volunteerism -Pearls of Purpose Foundation (Nu Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc) – donor to foundation events, participate in EYL program as guest speaker and all chapter initiatives related to community engagement, -Jack and Jill of America (Elks Aidmore Children’s Center, Books for Africa, Adopt a Highway, Ranfurly Homes / Travel Volunteerism) -United Way Volunteer Involvement Program/ Volunteer– 1999 to Present (worked on service/programming for elderly, disabled, homeless, less fortunate) -Respect for Life Foundation/ Board Member – 1995 to Present (elderly services) -Atlanta Union Mission / Volunteer – 2010 to present (homeless) -Hands on Atlanta Volunteer – 2008 to present (homeless, environment, youth, elderly) -Southern Christian Leadership Conference Volunteer – 1992 to present - (Get out the Vote Campaign) -.. among others Demonstration of leadership or significant involvement in efforts designed to bring about changes in laws, policies, regulations, procedures, institutions or other conditions that enhance the well-being of ethnic minorities and women -Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated (Nu Lambda Omega Chapter)– 2001 to present (Social Justice Committee, AKA Day at the Capital, Regional Communications Committee) -Junior League of Atlanta 2010 to present – (Attended CSEC training to end Child Exploitation) -Researcher/Professor – Gender Loyalty Theory – Research on Female Rivalry in the Workplace and how to eradicate this problem -Southern Christian Leadership Conference Volunteer – 1992 to present - (Get out the Vote Campaign) RECOMMENDATION LETTERS CAN BE FOUND ON THE LAST PAGE OF THE BOOK
4: PROVIDING SERVICE TO ALL MANKIND WITH CHARM AND GRACE | What is it about a Nu Lambda Omega woman that makes people take notice when she enters a room? What is it about a Nu Lambda Omega woman that commands the attention of everyone in her presence? Is it her beauty, her intellectual prowess, her administrative astuteness or the quiet mystique that surrounds her? While all of these things characterize an Alpha Kappa Alpha Woman in general and a Nu Lambda Omega woman in particular, and all are worthy of note, they are not the true measure of a Nu Lambda Omega woman. The thing that sets a Nu Lambda Omega woman apart is the way she serves. Whether she is “Relaying for Life”, “Dashing for Diabetes”, feeding the hungry, mentoring the young, caroling older adults at a nursing care facility or encouraging a sister whose life has been shattered by domestic violence, she does it all with charm and grace. Charm in a woman fascinates, delights and attracts others. Charm is compelling. Whenever one is charming, one commands the attention of others. The same is true of her sister “grace”. Grace is pleasing, grace is winsome, and puts people at ease in its presence. But charm and grace are so much more than the pleasing traits of a woman who exudes them. When a Nu Lambda Omega woman serves with charm and grace, it comes from her heart. She serves with charm and grace because she has been graced with more than she could have ever hoped for. Having received undeserved favor, she is compelled to grace others as she has been graced. When she serves others, it is not simply an act of kindness that is meant to brighten their day, but rather to change their lives. What sets a Nu Lambda Omega woman apart is the fact that she serves others because she has been graced to serve.
5: REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE APPOINTEE | GRADUATE ADVISOR CERTIFICATION
6: I have Volunteered for Seven (7) years with this program. During that time I have served as an Advisor. Each school year I visit the classroom once a week during the second semester to assist students with the development of their business plans. I help the students identify and fill gaps in their plan prior to completion and submission for the annual Youth Entrepreneur of America competition | LEADERSHIP - VOLUNTEER - ADVISOR TO YOUTH
7: Youth Entrepreneurs of Atlanta is a privately funded business program hosted in public high schools that teaches students free-enterprise fundamentals through hands-on learning activities, including a final project of writing and presenting a workable business | Practice makes perfect...We love teamwork! | HELPING OUR YOUTH
8: VOLUNTEERED TO HELP BUILD A HOME IN NEW ORLEANS | Jack & Jill of America joined with the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) in dedicating a new home at 4025 N. Rocheblave in the Upper Ninth Ward. Corey Holmes is a 29 year-old father of three children who grew up in the St. Bernard housing project in New Orleans.
9: Service is the RENT we pay for living on GOD's earth!!
10: Eight (8) years after Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans is still in need of assistance.
11: Volunteer at Children's Garden - at Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Volunteers provide information on the garden, plants and other Educational Information to students. This information is aligned with the Science (STEM) curricula at their respective schools
12: ONE BILLION RISING IS: - A global strike - An invitation to dance - A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends - An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers -A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given -A new time and a new way of being | JOINED THE MOVEMENT IN SUPPORT OF ERADICATING VOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS
14: VOLUNTEER-CHAPERON *** with teen group as they participate in Adopt-a-Highway Program in the Metro-Atlanta area. We picked up litter and debris along a 1-mile stretch of Interstate I-20 ***
15: VOLUNTEERING with my children and other families to help the homeless and needy by preparing and serving food on Thanksgiving Day!
16: Volunteer organizer of "Leadership workshop" which gave teens a glimpse of the real world. Professionals ranging from doctors, police officers, college professors, attorneys, judges, and politicians gave area teens a real-life lesson on careers as part of a free leadership workshop. 75 students from disadvantaged backgrounds attended the event held at Elks Aidmore Children’s Center. The workshop touched on career planning, money management, scholastic achievement, entrepreneurship and time management. The teens were also schooled on the do's and don'ts of Social Networking
18: LEADING BY EXAMPLE | I received a personal letter, certificate and pin from President Barack Obama for volunteer service! So did the Teen Group of Volunteers
19: Holiday Greetings from the WHITE HOUSE
20: Volunteered with family in Washington DC during the National Day of Service held on the National Mall.
21: We worked with Sunshine Mail and made greeting-cards to be delivered to children in the hospital, homeless shelters or foster care
22: Sunshine Mail is filled with handmade cards, care essentials and other age appropriate items and delivered to children in need including hospitals, homeless shelters and foster care.
23: Volunteered to organize a Youth Town Hall meeting. This event afforded local teens to engage in dialog with city, county and state elected-officials.
24: Volunteered with my daughter to help improve the grounds at the Frazer Center to ensure a safe and healthy environment for those who benefit from their programs. On any given weekday throughout the year, as many as 170 children – 1/3 of whom have a developmental disability – between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years gather at The Frazer Center for their Inclusive Child Development Program. Ninety adults with developmental disabilities ranging in age from 18-73 participate in the Adult Program, while an additional thirty adults serve in supported employment positions around greater Atlanta.
25: Consistent Volunteer participant in Annual Book Drives, Holiday Toy Drives and Food Drives to help those in need!
26: Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 27 million books to 48 different countries since 1988. In 2012, the organization shipped 2.2 million books valued at $28.3 million to 22 African countries, with an additional 616 computers and 15 brand new law libraries.
27: VOLUNTEERED WITH MY CHILDREN and other families to sort and pack books for shipment to AFRICA. We were excited to make a monetary donation and to offer our time in service to help end the BOOK FAMINE in the MOTHERLAND!!!
28: LEADERSHIP * ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE I have been awarded a grant by The Society of Consulting Psychology: Division 13 of the American Psychological Association to complete a Research Study on "Female Rivalry in the Workplace." The forthcoming research findings will be published in the "Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research" later this year. I also received a grant from the "Journal of Leadership Studies." God-willing this much needed analysis will increase awareness toward understanding the crazy and disorienting dilemma that many women face when dealing with those of our gender in organizational settings.
29: I am taking the lead on this research to find ways to establish more collegial relationships among women in organizational settings!
30: LEADERSHIP * PROTECT THE FAMILY This Book is another effort to END the destructive behavior against women by women. My research interests include relationships, infidelity, self-improvement, female rivalry, marketing to women, female buying behavior among other nouveau-feminist topics. In this book I further expand the Gender Loyalty Theory and the necessity for women to support and not sabotage one another by taking the setting from the workplace to relationships, I explore the culpability of the "other woman" as it relates to the breakdown of the Family unit!
32: LEADERSHIP State of Atlanta Address held at The Commerce Club With Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed - | WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM SPEAKER
33: CERTIFIED MEDIATOR - CAN ASSIST ORGANIZATIONS WITH PROBLEM SOLVING AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION | * PROFESSOR * COACH * MENTOR *
34: Co-Produced Documentary on "Hope" during the 2008 Presidential Campaign
35: My children and I took water and snacks to the polls in 2008 and 2012. They passed out these items to those standing in long lines waiting to VOTE | TRAIN UP A CHILD
36: Volunteered with teen group to assemble and donate baskets of toiletries to give to kids in foster care
37: COMMUNITY SERVICE WITH TEENS ON MLK HOLIDAY
38: Volunteer-Reader Readers are Leaders initiative.
39: Volunteer Media/Communications Speaker for Nu Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc's Emerging Young Leaders Program (EYL) at Jean Childs Young Middle School
41: Volunteered to help organize a FREE “Heart” HEALTH EXPO In recognition of National Heart Health Month. The event titled “I (heart) Health” was designed to encourage community awareness about cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and promote healthy living in the African American Community. Doctors were on hand to provide advice and a healthy cooking demonstration was given by a local chef.
42: VOLUNTEER DONATE PARTICIPATE
43: IN SUPPORT OF WOMEN'S HEART HEALTH MONTH
44: VOLUNTEERED to prepare and serve food with Sorors at the Covenant House Shelter for run-away teens
47: VOLUNTEERING WHILE VACATIONING ACTIVITIES INCLUDED BOOK DONATION, FOOD PANTRY DONATION and ACTIVITIES WITH THE HOMES CHILDREN The Ranfurly Homes for Children has been a safe haven for thousands of Bahamian children since 1956. The Home provides a safe, structured environment for children who have been orphaned, abused, neglected or abandoned. The idea for the home originated as a result of a mid 1950's fire in downtown Nassau. when Lady Hermoine Ranfurly, wife of the then Governor General, the Earl of Ranfurly during the aftermath and cleanup, discovered a group of homeless children sleeping in cardboard boxes in buildings and alleys near the burnt buildings..
48: Founded in 1979, ACFB procures over 35 million pounds of food and groceries each year and distributes it to more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies serving families and individuals in 29 metro Atlanta and north Georgia counties. | The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) sends products to food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters, and senior centers. In turn, these partner agencies provide food and other critical resources for low-income Georgians who suffer from hunger and food insecurity.
49: MY REGULAR VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: Sorting & packing food boxes & Helping at local gardens
50: Long-time Volunteer with Junior League of Atlanta. I give at least 100 hours of Volunteer Service per year to various Community Placements. *Kids in the Kitchen * Habitat for Humanity * Center for Puppetry Arts * Disability Services * Communities in Schools among others. I also Serve the League internally by volunteering as a member of the Membership Committee and as Editor of the League's Publication, Peachtree Papers
52: VOLUNTEER DUTIES INCLUDE: Sorting Clothes, Hanging Clothes, Working Cash Register Since opening its doors in 1949, the Junior League of Atlanta’s Nearly New Shop has served hundreds of thousands of customers, raised more than four million dollars in net revenue, and moved eight times — growing with each relocation. Countless memories have been made by every League member who has worked at Nearly New at some point in their League career. More than 350 League members work more than 7,000 hours at the store and more than 1000 members make direct donations to the store on a yearly basis. Just as The Nearly New Shop helps financially support the efforts of the Junior League, so do the members of the Junior League of Atlanta help support the Nearly New.
53: Donor and Volunteer Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia. *** Pictured below participating in the Annual Celebrity Bowl-a-Thon for Charity
54: VOLUNTEERING TIME AND TALENT Peachtree Papers Magazine Editor Dionne Mahaffey: With a circulation of almost 5,000, Peachtree Papers is a major public relations tool of the Junior League of Atlanta, Inc., informing both the membership and the general public of the extensive community work of The League. The goals of this magazine are to inform, educate, entertain, recruit and create a sense of unity within The Junior League of Atlanta. In 1933, The Cotton Blossom, forerunner of Peachtree Papers, was founded as a simple black and white publication. Today, Peachtree Papers is a four-color, 48-60 page quarterly magazine with features on placements and partnerships, fund-raisers, recipes from the Junior League of Atlanta ’s cookbooks, League events and business, profiles on members, as well as other articles of interest. The committee consists of about 12 Junior League of Atlanta members who write, edit and photograph with much coordinated effort of many other League members plus a graphic designer and publishing company, New World Communications. Slated as Editor Elect 2012 - 2013 During the 2012-2013 League Programming year I will train under the current editor. During the 2013-2014 League Programming year I will automatically evolve to Editor-in-Chief (the first minority editor in this league's 95 year history)!
56: LEADERSHIP * COMMUNITY * EDUCATION | HOODWINKED" is a film by Janks Morton, a Social, Political, and Spiritual Activist whose award winning films present a searing examination of the role that myths, stereotypes and mis-perceptions have played in the decimation of modern era Black relationships, and how the symbiotic relationship between government, the media and special interests perpetuates misinformation to further marginalize the role of black men in society.
57: DISPELLING MYTHS ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE! ORGANIZED SCREENING AT MOREHOUSE COLLEGE
58: VOLUNTEERED TO HELP PROMOTE "The Bible Series" Pictured with Power-couple/Producers Mark Burnett (The Bible Series, The Voice, The Apprentice, Survivor) and Roma Downey (The Bible Series, Touched By An Angel) and Rev Paula White. The series brings the most widely-read book of all time to life on the screen in the 10-hour mini-series “The Bible.” Airing on History Channel Spring 2013, the epic production features a sweeping musical score by Academy-Award winner Hans Zimmer, as well as dramatic live action and cutting-edge CGI technology. Geof Morin of the American Bible Society, which is one of the many organizations across all faith denominations serving as advisors on the production, said, “Not since Cecil B. DeMille’s production of The Ten Commandments has a powerful, major Hollywood production like ‘The Bible’ been released worldwide.
59: "GATHER FOR GOOD" A fundraiser to help put more music-instruments in schools
60: Dionne Mahaffey is a visionary and thought leader who continues to introduce innovative concepts into business and culture. As the Founder of The CPAI Group, Inc., Mahaffey successfully positioned her firm as the “Staffing Agency To The Stars ” among Hollywood circles. She authored “Beyond The Red Carpet,” a guide focused on behind-the-scenes careers in sports & entertainment, and was soon featured on Oprah, MTV, E!, VH1, Fox & ABC News for her coveted knowledge of entertainment careers. Under her leadership, CPAI was named the “Official Lifestyle Management Agency” of the National Football League (NFL), which was a historical appointment as the first time that such a contract was awarded to a minority or female owned company. This multi-year, multi-million dollar deal with the league's players association resulted in CPAI providing lifestyle management services to 1,896 active NFL players and over 5,000 retired members throughout four NFL seasons. | She has also provided marketing and public relations services to the sports and entertainment sectors. As a freelance journalist her writing has appeared in various newspapers and magazines. Additionally, she has produced radio and television shows and is the 2009 recipient of the Emory O. Jackson journalism award. She is also the former Southern Regional Reporter for The Final Call Newspaper. Prior to launching CPAI she had a successful executive career in Technology and Engineering. During her "techie" days she hosted TechNotes, a daily radio vignette, featured on Bloomberg's Urban Report. Her company Ashanti Technologies created various ethnic related software products and services. She also launched Blinks, a news-magazine aimed at seamlessly intertwining technology and Black culture. This work gained her an invitation to several White House briefings and she was blessed to be a part of President Bill Clinton's "New Markets Tour" which traveled to several urban areas across the country exposing the "digital divide" and also focused attention on the infrastructure needs, such as housing and information technology, and investment potential of the African American Community. | BIO
61: She conducts research that delves into the dynamic of women in various career, relational and social situations by exposing the psychology behind “unhealthy competition,” “mate poaching” and other phenomena. She has introduced her “gender-loyalty” theory, which highlights increased self-worth and loyalty to sisterhood as one the keys to true fulfillment, happiness and better personal choices. Her forthcoming book, "Girl Leave Her Man Alone," delves into the psyche of the "other-woman" involved in extra-marital affairs. She is a featured Relationship Psychology writer for Examiner.com. Her doctoral studies also include consumer buying behavior and the academic performance of student-athletes. She is also a Adjunct Professor teaching Business, Marketing, Technology, Entrepreneurship and Organizational Psychology courses. | Mahaffey received her BS from Auburn University, her Masters from Central Michigan University and is ABD status for the Doctorate in Psychology at the Colorado School of Professional Psychology (at the University of the Rockies) She has been accepted to a post-doctorate program at Columbia University in New York City, studying Change Leadership in the School of Social-Psychology. When she is not on the lecture circuit, or "coaching" clients towards realizing their fullest potential, she remains busy as the mother of two beautiful children and an active member and community volunteer with various civic and community organizations including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Junior League of Atlanta, Jack and Jill of America and The United Way's Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP).
62: RECOMMENDATION LETTERS
63: If I am blessed to win this Award I would like for the $100 donation to be sent on my behalf to: The United Way Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP) Mail to: Janice Robinson Director, United Way VIP United Way of Greater Atlanta 100 Edgewood Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30303 404-614-1019