Delta Zetas are global citizens committed to giving graciously.
It’s entirely possible to see a need and do nothing about it, but not as a member of Delta Zeta.
Philanthropy is one of our top priorities in Delta Zeta. We are blessed with the opportunities to give back to our national philanthropy and service project, community, and each other. Giving graciously is something we stress heavily to our members and we are beyond proud to say our members live this out daily. You can find out more about what we do here.
Speech and Hearing: Speech and Hearing is our national philanthropy. Donations collected assist with speech programs and provide equipment and devices to those with hearing challenges. Funds also support programs aimed at hearing loss prevention, such as the Starkey Hearing Foundation and Gallaudet University. Our chapter raises money throughout the year at various events such as our Hamburgers for Hearing cookout, Hike for Hearing, Learn to Listen Week, and more. We can’t imagine what it would be like to never be able to hear music, laughter, or our sisters’ voices and we are honored to be able to support a cause that gives those who can’t, the chance to hear. Learn more here and here.
The Painted Turtle Camp: Delta Zeta’s national service project is the The Painted Turtle Camp, a camp in Northern California for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. The Painted Turtle supports children’s medical needs, inspires them to reach beyond their illnesses, and provides care, education, and respite for their families. Delta Zeta supports the camp through donations to allow campers and parents to attend free of charge. As a chapter, we support The Painted Turtle through donations via events such as our annual Turtle Tee Golf Tournament, making pillow cases and teddy bears for the campers, and having sisters volunteer their summers to serve as camp counselors.
Delta Zeta has empowered me to give back graciously of what is mine, and to be a global citizen. One of my favorite parts of our sisterhood is how much everyone loves to give back. This year I have gotten to take over organizing the campus wide Operation Christmas Child packing party whose goal this year is to pack 2,000 shoe boxes. I couldn't do it without the loving help, support, and encouragement from all my sisters! I got to take over the event from one of my best friends, Megan Emery, and am so happy DZ allowed us to experience this together. It's so much fun to host the event at the Delta Zeta house, and see the Greek community and campus wide organizations come in, and pack a box knowing this small effort has such a world wide impact. We are a group of 400 women, who together have gotten to be a part of impacting millions of children worldwide. - Amanda Stout, Senior, PC ‘13
Being on the philanthropy committee led me to work with and get to know more of my sisters and people in the Tuscaloosa community. I really enjoyed planning events at Capstone Village like bingo, watercolor painting, and dancing. I loved getting to know the residents through these fun events with my sisters and coming back each time to their friendly faces!” - Lindsay Wons, Junior, PC ‘14
Joining best buddies was one of the best decisions I made at Alabama. It is such an incredible feeling to be apart of a group where everyone is treated equally and with kindness. Having a disability does not mean you are any less extraordinary, and being able to prove that to the kids we work with is a rewarding feeling that I'm so grateful I get to experience. - Ari Straggas, Senior, PC ‘14
This summer I found out I get to represent DZ and our chapter by going on a mission trip with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to Mexico in September! I, along with some other DZs from across the country, raised over $1,000 for our Hike for Hearing campaign which is how I got this great opportunity. I'm so excited to represent our chapter abroad and even more excited to give the gift of hearing to people. - Madison Wilson, Junior, PC '14