MAY I GIVE GRACIOUSLY of WHAT IS MINE
Delta Zeta's national philanthropy is the cause of speech and hearing. Delta Zeta partners with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to provide the gift of hearing to those who want it, but cannot afford it. Whether it be through hearing aids, speech therapy, or financial support for additional medical services, the Starkey Hearing Foundation creates opportunities to better the lives of those affected. The Foundation has been able to give the gift of hearing to people in over 100 countries with the help of volunteers and supporters. Delta Zeta chapters all across the nation have pledged to raise $5,000,000 for the Starkey Hearing Foundation within the next 5 years to help open speech clinics for those who have just begun to hear.
Delta Zeta hosts two philanthropy events each year along with a dinner each semester. In the fall, in recent years, we have done a flag football tournament, volleyball tournament and a 5k. Our spring philanthropy event is Hoops for Hearing, a basketball tournament hosted on campus! We invite fraternities, sororities, campus organizations, and friends to create a team and get messy! On the afternoon of our event, all of our teams and chapter members come out to cheer and play three on three games of basketball. All proceeds go directly to the Starkey Hearing Foundation. If you are interested in participating contact our Vice President of Philanthropy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PAINTED TURTLE CAMP
NATIONAL SERVICE PROJECT
Delta Zeta’s national service project is the Painted Turtle Camp. The Painted Turtle Camp is a camp for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Their illnesses often times do not allow them to be away from home for long periods of time due to medicinal or comfort needs. Because of this, these children miss out on camp experiences that many other children their age experience. The Painted Turtle Camp allows them to attend with their families, free of charge, while all of their medical needs are met as they enjoy a week full of activities for all abilities! Delta Zetas across the nation volunteer at this camp to help enrich the experiences of every camper. Our most recent fall philanthropy event, “Dig it with DZ,” was a volleyball tournament fundraiser to benefit the Painted Turtle Camp. If you are interested in participating in our fall philanthropy please contact our Vice President of Philanthropy at email@example.com.
During the summer of 2017, I had the opportunity to volunteer as a camp counselor at the Painted Turtle Camp, which is one of Delta Zeta’s philanthropies. Painted Turtle is a camp for children with serious medical conditions located in southern California. Due to generous donations from organizations like Delta Zeta, children attend camp for free. Painted Turtle is a special place because most children with serious health issues cannot go to summer camp due to their specialized health needs, but Painted Turtle has a pediatric medical center so children get to have the classic summer camp experience.
Painted Turtle is the most joyful, welcoming place I have ever been and the positive energy is contagious. All people who work and volunteer at Painted Turtle are dedicated to giving children a magical, happy camp experience. Children who attend camp have spent months, if not years, of their lives in the hospital and experience a lot of stress while coping with complicated medical conditions. At camp, they meet children with similar struggles and learn that they are not alone. They are able to forget about their day to day worries at camp because they get to do fun activities such as horseback riding, arts and crafts, and sing alongs around campfires.
Volunteering at Painted Turtle was one of the most rewarding, fun experiences I’ve ever had. The campers inspired me because even though they deal with serious health issues, they are always laughing and have positive attitudes. One of my favorite parts of Painted Turtle was volunteering with other Delta Zetas from across the country! It is a truly unique experience to volunteer with the organization that your sorority supports, and I recommend to anyone thinking about going through sorority recruitment to consider Delta Zeta for the opportunity to volunteer at Painted Turtle!
-Andrea Hayden ‘19