Gerontology and Alzheimer's Disease Research:
Sigma Kappa Sorority believes in the importance of working with and understanding the needs of the elderly. In 1954, Gerontology Research was adopted as a national philanthropy of Sigma Kappa and in 1984, an emphasis on Alzheimer's Disease was added as well. In the past, our chapter has visited a local nursing home that provides care for residents with Alzheimer's Disease, where we participated in different activities with the residents. In addition, we participate in the annual Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimers with alumni and our sisters from other local chapters.
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. To find out more, click the following link: http://www.seacoastmission.org/
Inherit the Earth:
This philanthropy ties environmental awareness and cleaner communities with another one of our philanthropic initiatives, Gerontology Research. One program that our chapter has participated 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, decorating a "green" dumpster for Homecoming, doing clean-ups of College Park, and upcycling items so they can be reused!