Gerontology and Alzheimer's Disease:
Sigma Kappa Sorority believes in the importance of working with and understanding the needs of the elderly. In 1954, Gerontology was adopted as a national philanthropy of Sigma Kappa and in 1984, an emphasis on Alzheimer's Disease was added as well. Each semester our chapter visits a local nursing home that provides care for residents with Alzheimer's Disease. During each visit, we try to participate in different activities with the residents. In the past we have sung songs, danced, played trivia, played bingo, exercised, bowled, and even had a mini fashion show. Our chapter has also hosted the Big Chill, an annual ice cream eating contest in which we raised $2,000 to support Alzheimer's research. In addition, we participate in the annual Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimers with our sisters from the George Washington University chapter, creating the fourth largest team to participate. This year, we significantly increased our fundraising for the Sigma Kappa Foundation and Alzheimer's research by hosting a Casino Night at the UMD Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center in October raising just over $6,000.
http://www.alz.org/ Pictures from Casino Night 2011/
Maine Sea Coast Mission:
Adopted in 1918, this was Sigma Kappa's first national philanthropy. Since Sigma Kappa's five founders were from Waterville, Maine, this philanthropy honors them by providing gifts to benefit islanders off the coast of Maine. The mission annually receives packages of toiletries, clothing, toys, games, books, and money to deliver to the island residents. Food, shelter, and medical services are also offered to families in need.
Inherit the Earth:
This philanthropy ties environmental awareness and cleaner communities with our other cause, Gerontology. One program that our chapter participates in is Adopt-a-Road. We have adopted a portion of Greenbelt Road and are dedicated to keeping this portion clean by picking up trash every semester. Other activities that Beta Zeta has participated in include potting violets with senior citizens and decorating a "green" dumpster for Homecoming 2010, which won us first place in that category!