The District is a transient city and amalgamator of people from different parts of the country boasts many unique cultural groups that preserve regional traditions and local delicacies. One such group that curates southern style, people, food, and culture is Yellowhammer Social. Founded in 2017, Yellowhammer Social builds on a tradition of hospitality and community common across the south. The hospitality of the group comes from their openness and their inclusion of members with southern roots, ties to the south, or just an affinity for southern culture.
Yellowhammer Social has quickly gained a reputation for hosting popular events across the region to make itself more accessible to members. From Capitol Hill to Southern Maryland, to Georgetown, DuPont Circle, Navy Yard, and more odds are there is a Yellowhammer event taking place near you. It also expands the southern community in DC by partnering with State Societies and southern college alumni associations to bridge social as well as college rivalry divides.
“People ask why they should join Yellowhammer,” says President, Laura Carr, “Yellowhammer Social attracts the most diverse, bipartisan community in Washington. When you join Yellowhammer you don’t just join an elite networking group, you join a family. Members will feel our passion for giving back and southern hospitality at its finest.”
Their social events include Happy Hours, themed bus tour events, and members-only gatherings. The social aspect extends into the professional as well. In 2019 the group aims to host mentorship events aimed at pairing DC experienced professionals with members starting their careers. The social backbone of Yellowhammer Social is the foundation on which the group’s charitable efforts rest.
Since its founding, the group has become a Corporation for National Community Service recognized volunteer organization and supported charities across the South and the NCR including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Food & Friends, Mississippi Children’s Museum STEM Gallery, and 14 others. It has also raised around $5,000 to support these organizations.
Members also give back to the community directly. Past events include cooking dinners at the Ronald McDonald House, homebuilding events with Habitat for Humanity, participating in charity walks, and coordinating memorial obstacle races. These efforts contributed over 700 hours of community service last year. Yellowhammers next event will be on March 13th at Barrel supporting the Alabama Tornado Relief. Come check them out!