Service for Sight has been at the heart of Delta Gamma’s philanthropic mission since 1936. The Delta Gamma Foundation has given over $2,700,000 in Service for Sight grants to organizations and schools that share the Foundation’s mission: to promote sight preservation and assistance to children and adults who are blind or visually impaired. Want to give back? Get involved!
For those who like a challenge, now is your chance to do good… In the upcoming year, all DC Alumnae are being challenged to volunteer at least two or more hours toward Service for Sight and/or assisting Senior Citizens at places such as retirement or religious centers. The member performing the most service hours throughout the year will be recognized at Founders Day. There are service opportunities to fit every personality and schedule. If you have any questions or need additional suggestions, contact Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Service Opportunities
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, http://clb.org
WDC members support CLB with volunteer hours at their Children’s Eye Screenings or Camp Lighthouse summer program.
Foundation Fighting Blindness, http://www.blindness.org
Each spring, WDC members join with alumnae from NOVA and MD Suburban to participate in FFB’s 5K Vision Walk.
Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington, http://youreyes.org
Earn “Service for Sight” hours while you clean out your closet and donate your old clothes, shoes and furniture. For more information, go to: http://www.youreyes.org/cms.php?page=About_Our_Resale_Shops. WDC members also enjoy volunteering at the Society’s annual American Girls Fashion Show, usually held in the fall. More info available at http://www.youreyes.org/cms.php?page=American_Girl_Fashion_Show.
American Diabetes Association, http://www.diabetes.org
WDC organizes a team to participate in the ADA’s Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes in the fall.
Other great resources:
- Blinded Veterans Association, http://www.bva.org
- American Council of the Blind- Council of Citizens with Low Vision International (CCLVI), http://www.cclvi.org
- Unite for Sight, http://www.uniteforsight.org
- Maryland School for the Blind, http://www.mdschblind.org
- Guiding Eyes for the Blind/MD Puppy Raisers, http://www.guidingeyes-md.org/
WDC Delta Gammas raise funds for the Delta Gamma Foundation and local charity the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. During the annual Holiday Tea we collect donations that are used to purchase toys for children with visual impairments and handed out at CLB’s annual Children’s Holiday Party. In the springtime we host the annual Spring Fling all-Greek mixer and philanthropic fundraiser to benefit the Delta Gamma Foundation and donate the proceeds to the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.
Save and donate those Labels, Box Tops and Eyeglasses!!!
By collecting labels and box tops from the everyday products we all use is an easy way to bring much needed equipment to children who are blind or visually impaired. WDC DG collects labels for the Delta Gamma Foundation and donates the proceeds from the collection of Box Tops for Education to the Maryland School for the Blind.
Campbell’s Labels for Education can be found on all Campbell’s Soup Labels, Pepperidge Farm (including Goldfish, Crackers), Swanson, V8 Beverages, Prego. A list of all eligible products can be found at: http://www.labelsforeducation.com
General Mills Box Tops for Education can be found on Betty Crocker and Pillsbury items, along with Ziploc/Hefty, Kleenex products, and many cereals, like Cheerios. A complete list is available at: http://www.boxtops4education.com
Another way to contribute is by donating your no longer used eye-glasses/sunglasses to be recycled and reused by those in need. We send the used glasses collected to the Lions Club to be redistributed to underprivileged people who can use them.
*Labels, Box Tops and Glasses can be brought to any Alumnae event and given to any Board Member/SIG Coordinator or arrangements can be made to mail them to VP: Foundation at email@example.com.
Helping A Sister
If you know of a sister who has something to celebrate or a sister who could benefit from DG Does Good assistance (a home-cooked meal or a cheery card), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delta Gamma Foundation Scholarship Opportunities
The Delta Gamma Foundation offers graduate fellowship grants, student loans and financial assistance (for those that are truly needy) available to members in good-standing.
Fellowships (Yearly application deadline is April 1)
For more information contact FNScholarFellow@deltagamma.org.
Alumnae Student Loans (There is no application deadline!)
http://www.deltagamma.org/media/resources/foundation/loan_app.pdf Find out more in the Foundation section of the Delta Gamma website under the “Helping Members” section or contact email@example.com.