Giving Back: Dothan Service League

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By Brittany Shepard

In May of 1946 members of the Sorosis Club of Dothan realized that there was a need for a women’s service organization in the Wiregrass community. The Dothan Service League was then founded and led by its first president Mrs. Martha Chapman.

The goal of the newly minted Dothan Service League was to organize women who had a desire to volunteer their time and talents to local organizations and other fundraising projects.

During the first few years, Dothan Service League members banded together to donate a bookmobile to the Houston-Love Memorial Library, sponsored the Gingerbread House to provide childcare for working mothers and also founded a junior version of the Service League for young girls that today operates under Girls, Inc.

Since the early years, the Dothan Service League has constantly looked for new opportunities to serve the community and has done everything from delivering Meals on Wheels to overseeing art projects at the Children’s Rehabilitation Center to staffing the gift shop at SAMC. More recently, they hosted the Holiday Tour of Homes to raise money for Wiregrass Children’s Home.

“For more than sixty years, the League and the Dothan area have prospered due to the dreams and ambitions of hundreds of dedicated League members,” said current president Jessica Deck. “League members have given over 300,000 volunteer hours and $950,000 to transform our community. And that’s who we are – women transforming communities!”

Today, the group still works to meet the same goal of organizing women to serve the community and continues to support Wiregrass-area nonprofits as well as the community itself.

“League members continue to leave behind a legacy of service, commitment and unwavering faith in the Service League and the Dothan community,” said Jessica.


What is the vision and mission of the Dothan Service League?

The Dothan Service League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism and raising money for the benefit of the Wiregrass region. Our mission is to strengthen the community through fundraising activities and volunteering opportunities and to develop the potential of young women by providing scholarships.

In what ways does the Dothan Service League work to fulfill that vision and mission?

Each year, we provide scholarships to two hardworking, deserving young ladies. The scholarships are awarded by Wallace Community College and Youth Leadership Dothan based on their academic and leadership achievements. Our members also organize fundraising events and participate in volunteering opportunities within the community.

What activities do members participate in to build community together?

Each year, the league participates in the Festival of Trees benefiting the Wiregrass Childrens Home. Historically, we have participated in activities to benefit the community such as walks/runs and meals on wheels.

How does one become a member of the Dothan Service League and what are the requirements?

We look for hardworking, energetic and creative women who are desire to make a difference in the Dothan community. Members must be at least 19 years old.

In its history, what are some of the ways the Dothan Service League has had an impact on our community what events are you looking forward to?

Since its beginning, league members have given over 300,000 volunteer hours and $950,000 to community projects and organizations. In recent years, we continue to volunteer hours and raise money. This past year we held an American Girl fashion show to benefit the NICU at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. We are also excited to bring back the Holiday Tour of Homes this year! In the past, it has raised a record of $10,000 that was used for renovations to the Wiregrass Children’s Home.

In your opinion, what is the most rewarding thing about being involved with the Dothan Service League?

To me, the most rewarding thing is meeting so many wonderful ladies in the league and making long lasting friendships with people who, like me, want to make a difference.

What is your organization’s greatest need and how can our readers help?

Readers can help by referring member candidates to our email address: dothanserviceleague@gmail.com.

Where can our readers go for more information?

For more information, please visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/dothanserviceleague or follow us on Instagram @dothan_service_league.

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