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Greater Dayton Chapter BIG Annual Back-to-School Initiative


Blacks In Government (BIG) was established in 1975 and incorporated by a small group of African Americans at the Public Health Services, which is a part of the Department of Health, as a non-profit organization under the District of Columbia jurisdiction in 1976.  BIG has been a national response to the need for African Americans in public service to organize around issues of mutual concern and use their collective strength to confront workplace and community issues. BIG's goals are to promote EQUITY in all aspects of American life, EXCELLENCE in public service, and OPPORTUNITY for all Americans.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base approved the Greater Dayton Chapter as a non-profit organization on November 27, 1984. As an approved private organization, the Chapter functions under the BIG principle to maintain professionalism, skills, and knowledge, as well as sustaining honor for cultural heritage.  The membership of the Chapter recognizes this governing principle; that the individual needs or aspirations of one can become the "common" towards the betterment for all.  The Chapter's mission is to be an advocate for equal opportunity for all and to develop and promote programs which will enhance ethnic pride and educational opportunities for all. Our membership is open to all federal, local and state government employees, including civilians, military and contractor employees.

The Chapter conducted its annual back-to-school initiative by donating over 80 book bags with school supplies to two area schools and two area charities involved with delivering school supplies to local area students. For this year’s initiative, the Chapter partnered with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Transaction Services, located at Wright-Patterson AFB.  Led by the DLA Director, Mr. Brad Lantz; employees collected, purchased and donated school supplies during the month of July. Items collected included book bags, notebooks, pencils, boxes of tissues, erasers, stencil kits, baby wipes, ziploc sandwich bags, hand sanitizer, glue, scissors, markers, and colored pencils.  In addition, donations were received from chapter members and other base employees.

On Tuesday August 12, 2014 the Chapter delivered twenty-five book bags with 3rd grade school supplies to Virginia Stevens Elementary School (Mad River School District) to the 3rd grade class of Mandy Gulmain.On Friday August 22, 2014 the Chapter delivered twenty-five book bags filled with school supplies to Meadowdale PK8 (Dayton School District). Meadowdale is one of three area schools adopted by Airmen Acting.  Airmen Acting is a group of Wright-Patterson civilian and military volunteers involved with tutoring and mentoring students from these area schools.   

The Chapter also delivered several book bags with supplies to the International Potter’s House ministries and Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.

The membership of the Greater Dayton Chapter continues to promote the principle that the individual needs or aspirations of one can become the "common" towards the betterment of all.   We appreciate the involvement of DLA Transaction Services and Airman Acting to our local community and we thank them for their continued commitment to service before self.  For more information on this and other Chapter initiatives and programs, please contact Ms. Labertha Williams,