The Service Guild of Birmingham
The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs exists because of the insight and energy of the members of the Service Guild of Birmingham. Founded in 1958, the Service Guild has for fifty years brought women together to serve the needs of children with disabilities.
The fifty-three charter members, seeking to give their time and skills as volunteers to make a difference in the Birmingham community, chose as their first project a school for the mentally disabled where Guild members taught enrichment classes and also provided publicity and other support for the organization. Furthermore, the Guild provided its members, many of whom had left positions of responsibility in the working world in order to raise families, with opportunities to serve in leadership roles within the Guild itself, carrying out the organization’s program and fundraising functions.
Fifty years later with a membership of over 175 dedicated volunteers, the Service Guild continues to be a vital part of the work of The Bell Center in making a difference in the lives of children with developmental delays.