philanthropy

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the PRIVILEGE, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.”- anthony robbins


service for sight:

Our chapter is committed to service and raising awareness for our philanthropy, Service for Sight, which has founded five schools around the United States for the visually impaired and promotes education of sight preservation. Delta Gamma has raised over $2,800,000 for Service for Sight grants.

This philanthropy has been the focus of the Delta Gamma Fraternity since 1936, when a blind Delta Gamma member, Ruth Billow, petitioned to adopt providing aid to the blind as our philanthropy. Today, 285 million people worldwide are blind and/or have visual impairments, which affect their daily activities. Our goal as Delta Gamma’s is help provide these people with a better life by funding sight preservation schools, training guide dogs, funding equipment to further sight mobility, supporting programs to provide accessible jobs for those with visual disabilities, and so much more. Click below to learn about the 2017-2018 grant recipients who benefitted from our philanthropy; recipients range from infants to senior citizens.

Service for sight- joining forces:

In addition, a branch of our philanthropy supports veterans and those serving in our armed forces through the Service for Sight: Joining Forces program. This program supports veterans and military personnel who have suffered from visual impairments during their time serving in our military. During the year, we host many drives to collect supplies to send to soldiers abroad and at Fort Benning. As the only panhellenic sorority on Auburn’s campus that works with our Armed Forces through our philanthropy, we strive to bring the Auburn community together to give back to those fighting for us. Not only do we host supply drives open to donations from the community, but also we set up letter writing tables on the concourse to allow Auburn students to send words of encouragement to our soldiers overseas.

Golden anchor program:

Every Delta Gamma chapter as an unique branch to their philanthropy, known as the Golden Anchor Program. Each chapter devotes community service to its senior citizens who are in need of extra services and encouragement. For Delta Sigma, our Golden Anchor Program is volunteering at Arbor Springs, a nursing home in Opelika, Alabama. Members volunteer weekly helping residents with activities, mobility, running local errands, and games. Please click on the link below to learn more about our philanthropy and ways to help!

 

In 2018, Delta Sigma raised

$27,867.19

benefitting Service for Sight!

 
 

We donated

1,472 items

for military packages sent to Fort Benning!

 

We collected

2,530 boxtops

for our three, local visual impairment schools!


delta gamma schools for children

five schools funded through service for sight for children with visual impairments.

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blind children’s center

Los Angeles, CA

Foundataion for blind children

Phoenix, AR

Anchor center for blind children

Denver, CO

Children’s center for the visually impaired

Kansas City, KS

Delta gamma center for children with visual impairments

St. Louis, MO


meet hope

Delta Sigma’s VP of Foundation

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War Eagle!

Since 1873, Delta Gamma’s motto has been to “Do Good.” Having the privilege to serve as Delta Sigma’s Vice President of Foundation, I hope to instill this same motto every day within our chapter. I have such a passion and love for philanthropy, and my hope is to spread awareness about Service for Sight on Auburn’s campus and to continue our passion for building our philanthropy within our sisterhood.

We have two philanthropy events during the year, Anchor Splash and Milk and Cookies. My goal is to raise even more money this year to benefit all of our branches within Service for Sight.

Beyond fundraising, I plan to make Auburn’s campus more involved within our philanthropy by working with our campus ROTC program and with students who are visually impaired.

I hope that you will join me, and the wonderful women I get to call my sisters, in the fight to help Service for Sight—so we may continue our mission to “Do Good.”


For a better tomorrow,

Hope Hudgins

heh0050@auburn.edu




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anchor splash

In the fall, our chapter hosts a synchronized swimming competition to raise money for Service for Sight. Our members work with teams, made up of Auburn students to coach their routines. Auburn students and the community attend to watch the event. Last September, our event consisted of a variety of competitions including the “Prettiest Eyes Competition.” Each team submitted one swimmer who they believed had the prettiest eyes. Auburn students and the community donated to their favorite pair of eyes, which was a fun way to raise money and get the community involved. The swimmer with the most donations helped advance their team in the rankings. Some other events throughout the competition included relay races, half mile swims, synchronized routines, “biggest splash,” and “race a DG.” We have such a fun time bonding with each other and other organizations on campus for a great cause.


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milk and cookies

Celebrating our love for sweets, we host an all-you-can-eat event for Auburn students and friends to enjoy delicious cookies in our chapter room. We serve more than ten different types of warm cookies, including chocolate chip, sugar, peanut butter, double chocolate, and many more! The cookies are served with milk, a variety of soft drinks, and other sweets! Our sisters enjoy baking and decorating cookies together for an amazing cause. Last February, Milk and Cookies raised over $15, 000, serving over 1,500 cookies! We love putting this event on every spring and we are so grateful for the support Auburn’s community has shown with attendance and donations to our philanthropy.