"Greater Service, Greater Progress!"
If you have any questions regarding our National Programs and/or would like to participate, please email our National Projects and Community Service Project Chair, Raquel Paige at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The care and protection of children is, first and foremost, a family concern. But when teenagers have babies, the consequences are felt throughout society. Children born to teenage parents are more likely to be of low birth weight and to suffer from inadequate health care, more likely to leave High School without graduating and more likely to be poor, thus perpetuating a cycle of unrealized potential. As the signature international program for Sigma Gamma Rho, Project Reassurance was originally developed to provide health education, support and nurturing for expectant teen mothers and teens who are parents. The project has now evolved to focus more on Healthy Choices, Healthy Living and Healthy Generations (H3) to help reduce teen pregnancy through a comprehensive year round program addressing the factors that lead to teen pregnancy - low self-esteem, diet and economic issues - while also providing support and guidance when it does occur.
The effective and overall implementation of OPERATION BigBookBag serves as an invaluable resource to the children by: (1) Affording children with quick and easy access to reference materials and other studying aids and tools that will help them in their educational endeavors; (2)Providing the children with the means of completing their homework assignments in order that they may remain current and up -to -date on course projects and requirements and (3) Assisting the shelters, centers, schools and hospitals in their efforts to meet some of the educational needs of the children and young adults housed at the facilities.
Sorority members make available, to selected facilities across the nation, bookbags, notebooks, writing and drawing paper, pencils and pens, dictionaries, thesauri, rulers, glue, construction paper, textbooks, encyclopedia, typewriters, computers and many other needed school items. Made available also through the efforts of both memberships is a nation-wide tutoring and mentoring program designed for the benefit of the children housed at said facilities.
Project Wee Savers
This project is designed to develop an awareness of various banking facilities and their available services. The goal of Wee Savers is to allow participants ranging from ages 6-18 years, to become knowledgeable of the real life skills of saving and buying stocks and bonds. Participants experience the real life skills of basic investing, setting specific goals attainable through monitoring and mentoring of money and activities.
Sponsored in conjunction with and in commemoration of Sigma Week, the Sigma Youth Symposium focuses on some of the prevalent concerns that negatively impact our youth: drugs, teen violence, abuse, low self-esteem, suicide, teen pregnancy, etc. Held on the second Saturday of March by each Alumnae Chapter, simultaneous Sigma Youth Symposiums address issues that affect teens today.
Hattie McDaniel Breast Cancer Awareness
Cognizant that African Americans bear a disproportionate burden of cancer — the highest mortality rate of any ethnic group — Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority is committed to providing education on and active support of early detection as well research for the prevention and cure of breast, prostate, ovarian, colon and other types of cancers.
Project CRADLE Care
“Project CRADLE Care” is a prenatal education and resource program that seeks to improve pregnancy outcomes in high-risk communities by increasing the number of women of childbearing age who receive adequate prenatal education and prenatal care and who better understand proper infant care and child development. On the 3rd Saturday of January, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. alumnae chapters simultaneously host prenatal education fairs during National Birth Defects Awareness Month. The goal of the project is to provide a wealth of information, resources, and tools for women of childbearing age to help ensure a healthy baby. This communitybased collaboration includes hospitals, managed care organizations, community-based prenatal care providers, and special guest speakers. This program is done in conjunction with our national partner, the March of Dimes.
March for Babies
Sigma Gamma Rho is a national March for Babies team, in support of our partner, the March of Dimes. We help babies by raising funds which can be used to sponsor research, medical services and support to families with premature births. Through this partnership, the sorority focuses on our H3- Healthy Generations. March for Babies was started as a part of the sorority signature project, Project Reassurance. SIGMAS and affiliates across the country March For Babies in walk-a-thons which are scheduled in the spring of the year.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Campaign
Through the collaborative efforts of undergraduates and alumnae chapters of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, we have committed to raising $90,000 in honor of our Founders for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the Girls’ Night In Campaign. For more information on how you can support this fundraising effort, visit: www.girlsnightin.stjude.org, or e-mail the sorority international second grand at email@example.com or our partnership liaison to St. Jude, Barbara Sawyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USA Swimming (Swim 1922)
The partnership with USA Swimming is a groundbreaking initiative that seeks to strengthen USA Swimming’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion by partnering to increase swim participation and decrease drowning rates in the community. In keeping with Sigma Gamma Rho’s motto of Greater Service, Greater Progress, and USA Swimming’s core objectives: Build the Base – Promote the Sport – Achieve Competitive Success, these organizations come together to affect change and influence the community of black women and girls. This is a year round activity depending on location and is highlighted at our regional and national conferences by actual participation of sorority members and affiliates, usually with in the water activities.
The Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative
The Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI) is a $16 million, six-year CDC partnership that harnesses the collective strength of some of the nation’s leading organizations to fight HIV in populations hardest hit. The effort brings together a wide range of organizations, including civic, social, civil rights and professional organizations, as well as those in government, education and media. While many AAALI partners have longstanding commitments to fighting HIV in their communities, the initiative provides the critical funding needed to allow each group to make HIV prevention a core component of its day-to-day activities. Each organization uses AAALI funds to support an HIV coordinator who works through the organization’s membership networks to disseminate Act Against AIDS campaign materials and HIV prevention services. AAALI is a key component of Act Against AIDS (AAA) – CDC’s five-year, $45 million campaign to re-engage every American in the fight against HIV by combating complacency, increasing testing, and raising awareness among communities at risk.
Culver City Christian School
Culver City Christian School encourages students to seek the mind of Christ and develop an understanding of a God-centered world view. Using the Bible as a foundation for their curriculum, students will develop spiritually, intellectually, physically and socially. In 2016, Theta Epsilon Sigma Chapter began a partnership with Culver City Christian School for one of the sorority's national programs; Wee Savers to provide financial literacy to the youth.
Shoes for The Homeless Inc.
Shoes for the Homeless (SFTH) is a non-denominational, non-profit/501(c)(3) organization that collects, processes, and distributes shoes, free of charge, to the homeless and those in need. With their partners, SFTH is working to create a future in which every man, woman, and child has the tools and confidence to take the next step in their lives.
A CHILD’S DREAM-CA
A Child’s Dream is an extension of Living Waters-West L.A. nonprofit. ACDCA hosts two Annual 1-Day Outreach Events from 11:00am - 2:00pm at the Culver City Teen Center facility in Culver City, California.
The first is the Back-to-School Outreach held in August where children (K-12) in need are provided with free backpacks (school supplies, personal hygiene products) along with shoes and haircuts.
A second event, the Holiday Outreach held in December is structured the same and includes canned goods, nutritional snacks and holiday gifts included as part of what the children receive.
BABY 2 BABY
Baby2Baby is a non-profit that provides low-income children ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. This year, Baby2Baby is set to serve 180,000 children in Los Angeles, and our volunteers are key to making that possible.
Our volunteers help with a range of different activities to ensure that every item that leaves Baby2Baby is held to our Golden Standard. Each item that is donated to Baby2Baby is inspected with the greatest care by our hard working volunteer groups to ensure that all clothing is free of stains and holes, toys are clean and ready to use, and every item is something you would give to a child you love. Volunteers also help to create customized gift bags for the children we serve and stock an overflowing shopping area where our partners choose items for the low-income children they work with daily.