"Sigma Serves Children" - These words are 100% true. Our chapter participates in various types of volunteering and fundraising, but most involve helping kids. Keeping with our national philanthropy, the Robbie Page Memorial Fund, we strive to help children live better lives.
The Eta Pi chapter, with help from the Denver Area Alumnae Chapter, has been donating thousands of dollars over the past few years to the Children's Hospital - South Campus in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. We funded a therapeutic playroom and continue to donate money, toys, books, and (our favorite) fleece tied blankets. In 20016 we donated a check to the Children's Hospital Colorado Main Campus in Denver to pay for a Vecta Distraction Machine, which provides a multi-sensory experience for children when receiving procedures. In 2017 we awarded another check to Children's Hospital Colorado Main Campus in Denver to pay for Virtual Reality Goggles.
Some of our other favorite volunteer opportunities also help children in need. Feed My Starving Children is an organization that packages meals for children in other countries that cannot afford to eat every day. We participate by packaging hundreds of meals of rice, soy, vegetables, and vitamins to send in "ready to eat" packages. Some of our sisters are also dedicated volunteers at Camp Wapiyapi, a camp for children dealing with childhood cancer. Volunteer camp counselors spend the whole week paired with a child, doing whatever he or she wants, making it the best week of their lives. A few of our sisters have also volunteered at inner city elementary schools in the Denver area as "reading buddies", where they take the time to read with a child a couple times a week. As a part of our new philanthropic partnership with March of Dimes, we have walked in the March for Babies as a chapter, and look forward to participating more with this amazing organization.
A few times a year, we also hold fundraisers. Our biggest annual one is called "Rocking for Robbie", for which we've done various things such as hosting a concert with live local bands, running a karaoke night, silent auction, etc. to raise money for the Foundation. We also hold on-campus fundraisers during the day sometimes, like making root beer floats during Fall Fest and a pie throwing booth called "Pie a Sigma Tri" at the Student Org Carnival.
In April we partnered with our newest Philanthropic partner, March of Dimes, and braved an infamous Colorado blizzard to raise awareness for mother and baby health. We marched a 5k through the snow and wind wearing our purple leis and waving purple pompoms.
We are always looking to add more volunteer and fundraising opportunities to our list of options!