Theta Zeta is dedicated to service both nationally and locally. Our sisters value giving back to the Charlottesville community and understand that service operates on multiple levels. Members of Theta Zeta can be found fundraising for the Sigma Kappa Foundation and its related philanthropies, educating the community for a cause, and providing hands-on assistance when needed. Sigma Kappas are called to "Live with Heart", and nothing exemplifies our chapter's dedication to service more than seeing our sisters willingly and wholeheartedly dedicate themselves to whatever cause is thrown their way.
In April of 2016, Sigma Kappa held a kickball tournament raising $4,800 for the Alzheimer's Association. The $4,800 was donated to Sigma Kappa's Walk to End Alzheimer's team. In October, before the walk, Sigma Kappa teamed up with a fraternity on Grounds, Sigma Alpha Mu, to have an Alzheimer's Awareness Week. Sigma Kappa and Sigma Alpha Mu passed out flyers to provide students with information regarding the walk, hosted a showing of "Still Alice" (a movie released in 2015, which follows a mother of three children through her diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's disease and the aftermath), and had the honor of having the head of the Alzheimer's Association in Charlottesville speak to students on Grounds. Following the awareness week, Sigma Kappa raised $7,725 in total for the walk. Additionally, in September of 2016, Sigma Kappa held our annual Violet Gala at Verulam Farms. Violet Gala is a live auction and parents formal. Our sorority raised $10,000 for the Sigma Kappa foundation, which contributes to all of our national philanthropies. At the conclusion of the fall semester, Sigma Kappa held a coat drive for the Maine Seacoast Mission. The coats were put into care packages and sent out during the holidays.
Sigma Kappa's Kickball tournament for Spring 2017 reached an all-time-high team sign up rate: 21 teams entered the competition. In the fall we hosted a sunset 5K to continue to fundraise for our largest philanthropy event, Violet Gala. At the Violet Gala, held in April of 2018, we were able to raise over $12,000 for the Sigma Kappa foundation, beating the previous year's amount.
In the fall of 2018, Sigma Kappa achieved an all-time high fundraising amount for the Walk to End Alzheimer's, raising over $11,000 in little over one week.
Our sisters know and recognize that public service does not mean simply attending annual events or donating money to a cause. They understand and take to heart that service is a choice to serve and to continue to serve year round, which is why Sigma Kappa also partners with Martha Jefferson, a local retirement home in Charlottesville. Each week, our sisters volunteer to provide company for residents, whether that means playing games with the residents, or just simply just talking with them. Over time, the residents of Martha Jefferson have forged a close bond with our sisters and always look forward to their visits.
To remember our philanthropies all you have to do is spell SIGMA:
S is for Sigma Kappa Foundation
I is for Inherit the Earth
G is for Gerontology
M is for Maine Sea Coast Mission
A is for Alzheimer's Research