The group of ladies delivered a number of Valentine’s baskets to the elderly in their community. Inspiration Inc. is a nonprofit community-based organization committed to serving the elderly and developing comprehensive community-based programs for youth and their families.
“This organization provides young ladies in our community with opportunities for community empowerment and self-reliance, as well as enhancing the quality of their family life,” said Cynthia Mitchell, the Inspirations executive director. “The inspirational youth programs this organization provides these young girls will help influence their thinking toward accomplishing tasks and achieving goals for a brighter future.”
Mitchell said Inspiration Inc. not only addresses community needs but also counteracts the negative influences of drugs, violence, crime, school delinquency and teenage pregnancy.
“Our program content consists primarily of homework and tutoring assistance in many different subjects to help enhance the girls’ skills,” Mitchell said. “We work with girls at the middle and high school age on a variety of topics, such as self-esteem, college and career goals and so on.”
Mitchell said the organization was started in 2000 but fell by the wayside over time. Inspiration has regrouped and will now be working on various community service projects.
Mitchell’s mother, Sarah McElrath, serves as president of the organization and helped organize the group when it first organized. Several former members will serve as mentors for this new group, including Cyndriae Ingram, Shontia Spears, Kai Johnson and Ebonie Franks.
“Like a lot of things, life’s storms got in the way, but we’ve started the group back up and we have several former members who are serving as mentors,” Mitchell said. “We kicked off our first community service project with our Valentine’s Day Basket Giveaway, and we’ll be working on several more projects, including helping the elderly in our community who need help.”
Mitchell said every other Saturday the group will be working on variety of service projects, including visiting elderly residents around the community and assisting those who need help with cleaning their homes.
“Any of the elderly in our community who need assistance can contact us, and we’ll be glad to come out and help them,” Mitchell said. “And we’re hoping all the young ladies in the community will come join us and become an inspiration to others.”
Any young lady interested in joining The Inspirations Inc., can contact Cynthia Mitchell at 205-717-7026 for more details.