Chapter Philanthropy & Service
Alpha Gamma Delta is committed to fighting hunger. Food insecurity is a measure by the United States Department of Agriculture that assesses a household’s ability to provide a nourished, balanced diet for each of their members. There are 1 in 4 children and 1 in 6 seniors who experience food insecurity daily in America.
The commitment to hunger prevention and education ensures that sisters have the ability to make a local impact. There are 1 in 7 Americans who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. We are committed to lowering that number.
- Alpha Gamma Delta’s top 10 contributing chapters raised more than $250,000 during the 2015-16 school year.
- During the 2017 Week of Service for North America, each collegiate chapter participates in local philanthropic efforts via volunteer service or monetary contribution.
- In 1919, our philanthropic effort was a kids’ camp for children experiencing undernourishment and food insecurity.
- Margaret Moffat Toy-Alpha Epsilon brought the Meals on the Wheels program to America.
For more information, please visit our international fraternity homepage here.
Local Philanthropic Efforts
Pi Chapter is involved with many efforts within the Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa community. Here is a list of each volunteer endeavor with a brief description of what each effort contributes to.
Gems of Hope
Gems of Hope Inc. is a nonprofit organization that offers gifts of jewelry mounted on inspirational cards to cancer patients. The patients are invited, along with family and friends, to attend workshops to create these works of art for others.
Gems of Hope was founded by Alpha Gam alumna, Beth Hamilton, with the mission of “bringing hope to cancer patients and their families.”
To find out more about Gems of Hope, click here to watch a brief video, or visit their website.
Reggie’s Sleepout honors the life of Reggie Kelsey. Reggie aged out of the Iowa foster care system in 2001 and was found dead in the Des Moines river within 3 months. Each year a group of Alpha Gams camp out on the Iowa State football field for an evening and raise an amount that will be totally donated to fighting youth homelessness in Eastern and Central Iowa. The goal for Spring 2017 was $250; Pi Chapter is pleased to announce that they raised $320.
To find out more about Reggie’s Sleepout, please visit their website.
Riverview Trauma Center
Riverview Trauma Center provides support and advocacy for survivors of traumas related to sexual assault. They offer professionally trained clinicians for therapy, community outreach, school based services and education and a 24-hour crisis hotline.
Currently, there are two collegiate women who are trained as victim advocates. Pi Chapter is committed to fighting campus sexual assault.
Visit their website for more information.
Willis Dady Emergency Shelter
Willis Dady strives to provide shelter and prevention to the homeless and near-homeless in the area. Their core values include, “empowerment, respect, accountability, compassion, integrity, acceptance and education.”
Through the Coe College Office of Community Engagement, Coe has promised to provide an overnight host once a week during the school year. This partnership has made it possible for Alpha Gams to volunteer at the shelter.
For more information, please visit their website.