As a young girl growing up in New York, Danielle White took an interest in helping others. It stemmed from her relationship with her girlfriends, who all came from single-parent homes, she said. The girls shared their feelings and worked together to solve problems.
“We had no resources other than each other,” White said. “I’ve always wanted to do something to affect others,” White said.
It is why last year she started the non-profit group Dynamic DIVA’s-- Diverse, Intelligent, Vibrant, Accomplished women.
The locally based Dynamic DIVA’s of Virginia focus on empowering women of all ages and highlighting the “diva” in all.
“We embrace, engage, educate, and empower one another,” White said. “Every woman is very "divalicious" in their own way, “White said.
The group is small with only five members, but they participate in community service projects as well as host events such as conferences and parties. The group also has “Little Divas,” who are the daughters of the group’s members. They range from ages 18-20 and help with the group’s service projects.
White’s teenage daughter influenced her to reach out to young girls.
“I don’t want my daughter to rely on what is seen or heard on social media,” White said. “Empowerment starts at home.”
The group’s latest project is a beautification project on Saturday, July 18 for the South Hampton Roads YWCA shelter.
The DIVA’s will be painting apartments for families who are victims of domestic abuse and putting down mulch for the children’s playground. In addition, the group will be donating house-warming and baby baskets filled with cleaning supplies, baby wipes, and toys.
The group will be taking donations of bed linens, and bathroom items such as shower curtains, soap, and bath towels. It also needs cleaning products and items such as mops and brooms.
”We sincerely hope the article brings awareness to the YWCA,” White said.
To arrange a drop-off time for donations or get information regarding the Dynamic DIVA’s, call 757-621-6498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.