Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. donates to the Webb Center
Pamela Rogers and the Southwest Regional Leadership Retreat of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. recently donated $1,000 to the Webb Center of Hot Springs.
The Webb Center, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a sense of community for residents of Hot Springs by providing a facility which will allows educational, cultural, social recreational and community service activities.
The center provides opportunities for persons of all ages to participate in a variety of programs that educate and stimulate the public, enhance self-esteem and promote physical and mental health.
John L. Webb, donated the building to the African American youth of Hot Springs, in memory of his daughter, Emma Elease Webb. The center was built in 1918 and originally housed a restaurant, a grocery store and offices. Webb bought the two-story building in the 1930’s and converted it into a school and a dorm for nurses and bath attendants. Webb donated the building to the surrounding community in 1945 as the Emma Elease Webb Community Center, and it remains an important part of the neighborhood today.
The Webb Center schooled and housed African American nurses while employed by Woodman of Union Hospital (National Baptist Building). It is the oldest African American Community Organization in Hot Springs. In 1946, a library was opened on the second floor, and in 1949, it officially became a branch library for the city of Hot Springs. In 1998, the Webb Center was placed on the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.
In 2013, the Webb Center partnered with Hot Springs’ School District’s summer food drive. The center provides a food bank and a free clothing giveaway (call for appointment).
The Webb Center houses a computer lab and is available for activity/conference room rental and much more.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world.
Over the years, a wide range of programs addressing education, health, and international development have evolved. In realizing its mission, Delta Sigma Theta provides an extensive array of public service initiatives through its Five-Point Program Thrust of Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement.