If you are a regular reader of Live Sigma Kappa, you may have noticed that one this month’s themes is National Volunteer Month. Since I wrote a post in August about FIRST Robotics, which is one of my volunteering passions, I decided I would exploit technology (i.e., Google) to find out what other Sigma Kappa volunteers have been up to.
After the horrible events of April 15th through 19th, I almost changed my subject to the role of technology during a crisis. But then I saw dozens of people posting (and thousands re-tweeting) Mister Rogers’ heartfelt words about the best thing to do when scary stuff is on the news. “Look for the helpers. You’ll always find people who are helping.” Obviously, many of us are looking for good news and people to inspire us. So I went back to my original plan. Thanks to all the amazing chapters and individual sisters who continue to volunteer — not just during April — but all year, every year!
Sigma Kappa sorority spreads awareness about Alzheimer’s disease (Kappa Eta Chapter)
Sigma Kappa members gathered by the Founders Statue Wednesday morning and passed out Starbucks hot chocolate and coffee in cups that read “Sigma Kappaccino.” It was a way to welcome students and faculty back to campus and spread the word about Sigma Kappa’s philanthropy for the Alzheimer’s Association.
4th annual golf tournament in honor of Jessica Webber
Our tournament honors a remarkable young woman, who for 7 years was on a quest to find a cure for brain cancer. She fought a courageous battle, but sadly, lost her fight on January 6, 2010… In the fall of 2007, Jessa became a full-time student at Fredonia State University. She studied for three years away from home, balancing her classes, homework, and treatments, and continued to push herself to have as normal a life as possible. Jessa was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and a volunteer for Carly’s Club.
Research Sources: Sigma Kappa Sorority (Theta Omicron)
I will go to… the Claire Bridge Nursing Home where we volunteer. The Claire Bridge Nursing Home is an Alzheimer’s elderly home. Sigma Kappa volunteers there because one of our philanthropies is Alzheimer’s research.
University of Nevada’s Sigma Kappa achieves successful “SKetti Night” fundraiser (Kappa Xi)
Sigma Kappa Sorority’s annual philanthropic event, entitled “SKetti Night,” is an all-you-can-eat spaghetti feed with all proceeds benefiting the Sigma Kappa foundation and its included organizations. Sigma Kappa’s main philanthropies include Alzheimer’s Research and Gerontology.
Apparel marketing senior nominated for national Udall scholarship (Theta Tau)
Birzer is member of Sigma Kappa sorority… Birzer has served as president of Study Abroad Mentors, a peer adviser for the university’s study abroad office, homecoming float co-chair for Sigma Kappa and coordinator for the 2010 Fair Trade Fashion Show. She has volunteered for Boys and Girls Club and is a costume designer for Broadway at Baker, a musical theater summer camp.
Sigma Kappa in Peace Corps | Wonders of the Wander
Trying to compare sorority life to living as a Peace Corps volunteer in a foreign country? Long shot, right? Some may scoff at the idea of this juxtaposition but Sigma Kappa has made a profound impact on my life and I’ve carried a number of lessons I learned as an active sister into my service. The days of sisterhood events, ritual and some of the most memorable times and people of my life seem far removed from the struggles of life as a volunteer. My days are filled with researching projects for HIV/AIDS awareness and life skills for youth, navigating a foreign culture and the everyday challenges of living in a rural village. This is not so much a comparison of the life and activities but more so how being in a sorority taught me values that I’ve carried into my life and more specifically my service. The values of Sigma Kappa sorority are based on personal growth, friendship, service and loyalty; all values that apply to life as a volunteer.
Sorority has volunteer spirit (Theta Delta)
67 members of the Sigma Kappa Sorority from the University of Delaware unloaded 250 trees for the Brookside Lions Club at their lot across from Chestnut Hill Plaza, on Route 4. According to their president, Monica Vilacha,
“It’s a great way to help a great organization that does a lot for the community. It’s no problem having all the girls show up at 8 a.m. on a Saturday, when the trees are delivered, because we really enjoy helping their club.” This is the third year that the women of Sigma Kappa have assisted the Brookside Lions Club.
Greek Life: ‘Something everyone should try’ (Zeta Omicron)
Sororities and fraternities are known as social organizations, but they are also very involved in charity and volunteer work. Kim Gould, a psychology sophomore and member of the Sigma Kappa sorority, said that being involved in Greek Life has also influenced her to become more active in volunteer work with both the Arizona Cancer Center and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.
Sigma Kappa to spread holiday cheer with carols today at retirement home (Kappa Eta Chapter)
Sigma Kappa sorority members are going to Garden Terrace Alzheimer’s Home this Friday, said Emily Hamlin, the vice president of philanthropic service for the organization.
Next time you need to “look for the helpers,” be assured you only need to look as far as the nearest collegiate or alumnae chapter, or to any one of your amazing sorority sisters.
This post was written by Teri Centner. Contact Teri at firstname.lastname@example.org
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