Speech and Hearing
Delta Zeta has three national philanthropic efforts that our chapter supports through our service and events. In 1954, Delta Zeta's Convention body voted to make the cause of speech and hearing our national philanthropy. Each chapter nationally has the responsibility to support Starkey Hearing Foundation, The Painted Turtle Camp, and Gallaudet Unversity for the speech and hearing impaired.
Starkey Hearing Foundation
Since 1984, Starkey Hearing Foundation has strived to give the gift of hearing to individuals in need across the globe. Starkey works to provide affordable hearing aids to as many of the 36o million hearing impaired people in developing countries. Employees and volunteers of the organization have traveled to more than 100 countries, offering their services to hearing impaired people in underprivileged nations.
In 2015, Delta Zeta made a pledge to donate 5 million dollars to Starkey in the next 5 years. During the first year, we raised 1.7 million dollars nationally for the organization. As a chapter, we have contributed nearly 20 thousand dollars towards that goal to date through our local philanthropy events: Healing in Heels dinner and fashion show and Pink on the Green golf outing.
The Painted Turtle Camp
The Painted Turtle Camp's mission is to provide a year-round, life-changing environment and authentic camp experience for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.
Delta Zeta supports The Painted Turtle camp as one of its national philanthropies by fundraising, donating items on The Painted Turtle's wish list, and through our collegiate and alumna members who volunteer their time to the camp, helping the children that it serves.
The Painted Turtle Camp supports children's medical needs, inspires them to reach beyond their illnesses, and provides care, education, and respite for their families. There is no billing department. All campers and families attend free of charge. The Painted Turtle camp is associated with Paul Newman's Serious Fun Network.
One of my favorite parts of our creed is "To those whom my life may touch in slight measure, may I give graciously of what is mine." Here at Delta Zeta, we pride ourselves in our philanthropic and service endeavors. With our famous Pink on the Green Golf Outing in the Fall and alternative break service trips that our sisters participate in throughout the year, these women truly have the biggest hearts and it shows through their actions.
-Karly Alexander, Former Chapter President
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