Below you will find a letter from our Vice President of Foundation and a little video from last year's fundraising event, 'Cheesies with the DeeGee's'!
Hi! My name is Teresa Morehead and I am Delta Gamma’s Vice President of Foundation. I absolutely love everything about Delta Gamma and what it stands for and am very blessed to serve Kappa Chapter!
Delta Gamma's national philanthropy has been helping the visually impaired since 1936. It was originally known as Sight Conservation and Aiding the Blind and is known as Service for Sight. In the early 1930’s, Ruth Billow was a member of the Eta chapter at The University of Akron. Ruth was visually impaired and knew that Delta Gamma could help make a real change within her community and beyond. As a chapter, we are honored to support this incredible foundation that impacts over 1.3 million people a year.
Although this past year has been a challenge, our sisterhood unites us to do good. For the fiscal year of 2020, Delta Gamma raised over $5.4 million nationally to go to Service for Sight. Additionally, 118,733 service hours were logged across the national by collegians and alumnae. Delta Gamma was also awarded $776,714 in Service for Sight grants to continue to share our mission all over the country.
Delta Gamma also supported 407 merit-based scholarships totaling to $624,373. This included 18 crisis grants and 11 grants related to COVID-19 pandemic financial needs. Delta Gamma is proud to support in as many ways as possible.
Individually, Delta Gamma-Kappa Chapter served over 1,500 hours to those with visual impairments and those at risk for visual impairments. By implementing our “Do Good” motto our women volunteered at Southlake Village Rehabilitation, Sumner Place Retirement Home, The Nebraska-City School for the Blind, The Commission for the Blind, Domestic Pups and more. At each of these locations, the women were able to work first hand with the visually impaired.
Additionally, Delta Gamma-Kappa chapter proudly hosts two philanthropies a year to benefit Service for Sight. This year, we decided to change it up and make our spring philanthropy Donuts with the Dee Gee's. We sell tickets to this event and invite individuals outside on a beautiful day for donuts and milk & juice. We also accept donations. We love the energy that goes on during the event and include sight facts on the tables to educate others about the visually impaired. Next fall, we will hold Anchor Games. We invite fraternities and campus RSO's to participate in many fun activities. It is a favorite memory for many, and it includes a lot of unique activities for all! We sell tickets to this event as well as selling t-shirts and accepting donations.
As Delta Gamma women, we are proud to spread awareness to such a lovely organization and family-like community. It impacts every single one of us in different ways and allows us to take a step back in our lives to see how blessed every single one of us are. We are intentional towards Delta Gamma's foundation and our chapter's own commitment to our philanthropy.
Vice President of Foundation
Delta Gamma-Kappa Chapter
University of Nebraska-Lincoln