Sigma Kappa is founded upon four main values, one of which is Service. Giving back with our time, funds, and heart is one of the most rewarding experiences someone can have. The sisters of Epsilon Alpha recognize this, and spend much of our time planning and participating in philanthropic events and community service. Sigma Kappa focuses on five main philanthropies and Epsilon Alpha participates in every one, in order to create a more well-rounded volunteering experience.
The Sigma Kappa Foundation
The Sigma Kappa Foundation was created by Sigma Kappa Sorority for multiple purposes, including providing scholarships for sisters, grants to chapters, assistance to sisters and alumnae in need, and donations to our other four philanthropies.
In order to raise money for the Foundation, the sisters host a week of charity events called "UltraViolet Week." We spend a week in our Student Center (Cromer) doing different events! In a previous Spring semester, we did multiple events from making decals, a bake sale, and even just signing Alzheimer's flowers!
Inherit the Earth
Inherit the Earth was created by Sigma Kappa to help combat climate change and pollution of the Earth. They recognized that the Earth is not ours alone, instead, it needs to be preserved for future generations of people across the globe. Inherit the Earth encourages college students to end pollution, clean-up our world, and help preserve it for generations to come.
As part of our mission to help keep the Earth clean, Epsilon Alpha has adopted a stretch of Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard to clean up. Sisters and other LR students come together to pick up trash and other littered objects across the stretch of road and do our part to end littering.
In 1984, Sigma Kappa added Gerontology as one of its main philanthropies after realizing that awareness and research in this area was significantly lacking. SK works to increase research and care for seniors, and help everyone be healthy and happy through all phases of their life.
Epsilon Alpha visits the Walk N' Roll group of Hickory twice a month! Walk N' Roll is a group of people from all age ranges that get together and have fun! All of the members in this group have disabilities ranging from Alzheimer’s to ADHD. On these nights we go and play BINGO with the seniors of the group and help serve them dinner. On special occasions, where Walk N' Roll hosts a big event, we will work with one of our on campus Fraternities to help out this large group, sometimes ranging to 100 people.
Don't worry! We still make semesterly visits to different nursing homes once a semester. Our sisters go and visit them to brighten their day! We go and speak to them and spend time with them one on one, instead of having group activities. We love seeing their happy faces every time we go.
Maine Sea Coast Mission
Sigma Kappa was founded in Waterville, Maine, and we now use the Maine Sea Coast Mission as a way to recognize and give back to our roots. In the Winter months, many fishermen and their families are unable to get work or supplies they need to survive. The Mission allows for people to donate supplies and money to those who need it.
At Epsilon Alpha, down in North Carolina, we are unfortunately unable to physically assist with the Maine Sea Coast Mission, so we do what we can from eight states away. This involves fundraisers and philanthropic donations from our chapter.
The biggest philanthropy Sigma Kappa supports is the Alzheimer's Association, devoted to finding a cure for a debilitating and tragic disease. SK has become on of the biggest donors to the Alzheimer's Association, giving donations to spread awareness, increase research efforts, and help those affected by the disease.
Epsilon Alpha recognizes how terrible the disease is, and we are just as committed to finding a cure. The chapter regularly holds tabling events and spreads information to try to increase awareness, and hold fundraising opportunities several times a year. The biggest fundraiser is the Walk to End Alz, hosted by the Alzheimer's Association.
Check out our "National Philanthropy" tab to get more information on each one!