Continental Societies, Inc. is an international philanthropic and public service organization founded in 1956 and incorporated nationally in 1972. The mission of Continental Societies, Inc. is to create environments within communities that empower children to have access to quality and appropriate opportunities to reach their optimal potential. This organization is composed of 46 chapters in 20 states, the District of Columbia and Bermuda and serves over one quarter of a million children and youth annually.
The Five Point Programmatic Thrust is the foundation for the organizations mission. This programmatic thrust embraces Health, Education, Employment, Recreation and Arts and Humanities. Metropolitan Philadelphia Area Chapter provides quality programming, focused on these areas, to children and young people in Philadelphia, Delaware and Montgomery counties.
In 1996, inspired by the example of hands-on, caring, dedicated and service oriented women in Continental chapters locally and nationally, a group of 18 like-minded women, under the direction of Linda Wormley Meade and Barbara Stallworth, formed the Diamond Cluster Interest Group of Philadelphia Suburban Communities to seek membership into Continental Societies, Incorporated. On October 25, 1997, members of The Diamond Cluster Interest Group were officially installed as members of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Chapter of Continental Societies, Incorporated with Linda Wormley Meade serving as the first Chapter President. In 2003 the chapter name was officially changed to the Metropolitan Philadelphia Area Chapter, Continental Societies, Incorporated. Since 1997, the chapter has grown annually and now has 52 members. In January of 2008, we were honored to sponsor the Solivita-Polk County, Florida Chapter, Continental Societies, Incorporated. This was especially pleasing because the chapter was organized by former chapter member Pamela Sykes.
Since its inception, Metropolitan Philadelphia Area Chapter has worked diligently to provide meaningful programs to children. The initiatives of the chapter have ranged from Read Across America, TV 10 Homework Helpline, Eugenia House mentoring program, and Rubye’s Kids to Food Drives and Walk-a-thons. We have held Employment Readiness Seminars, drives to provide hats, gloves and scarves for children, College Scholarships and book Awards, Special Olympic programs in schools and sponsored students on College Tours. We are constantly searching for new ways to meet the mission of Continental Societies, Inc.