Sigma Delta Tau finds empowerment by providing our support to three national philanthropy partners: Prevent Child Abuse America (“PCAA”), Jewish Women International (“JWI”) and Women for Women International (“WfWI”). From the time a woman joins SDT, she is empowered to make a difference in the lives of others…on her campus, in her community and around the world.
As our 97th Founders Day approaches, we want to highlight our partnership initiatives and thank all the SDT collegiate members and alumnae, as well as the communities that support our endeavors.
For 32 years we have supported PCAA and raised more than $1.5 million for prevention programs. All Sigma Delta Tau chapters support PCAA through community service projects, fundraising efforts, or education programs. We see amazing efforts through bake sales, dance competitions, Pinwheel Gardens, and community races. We’re also proud to have Debbie Snyder, Executive Director, serve on the National Board of Directors.
On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Sigma Delta Tau will participate in the PCAA Big Pinwheel Garden in Times Square, NYC. The event is part of PCAA’s Child Abuse Prevention Month activities. We can’t wait to be part of this second annual event. For more information, please see our Facebook event post. The Pinwheel serves as PCAA symbol for child abuse prevention.
A special thanks to all SDT chapters and alumnae associations that are working together to create meaningful programs to support PCAA.
Last year, Sigma Delta Tau partnered with Zeta Beta Tau and JWI to create “Safe Smart Dating,” a program focused on empowering young adults to make healthy relationship choices, and encouraging their peers to do the same. The program has been piloted during the 2013-14 academic year, and we’re excited to say that it has been very successful. SDT looks forward to introducing the program to several more campuses during the 2014-15 academic year.
Last fall, SDT partnered with JWI to help promote the “Girls Achieve Grapeness” campaign during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. All chapters participated by selling custom OPI nail polish, and raised over $75,000!
In addition, we continued to participate in the Mother’s Day Flower Project, Life$avings (financial literacy workshop), and by helping create libraries in women’s shelters.
Alumnae and the National Organization have contributed funds to sponsor women in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo and Rwanda. The money helps support programs for physical and emotional support of these women in war-torn countries, as well as provides support for skill training and rights education so these women can begin to rebuild their lives and the lives of their communities.
We’re always excited to hear about the amazing programs and activities in which our chapters and alumnae groups participate. SDT is currently planning to create a new philanthropy video. All chapters and alumnae associations (or friends) are asked to send photos, videos and details about your successful events. Please also share your successes through social media and use the #SDTEmpowers hashtag.
To celebrate Founders Day, let’s continue the conversation on how SDT finds empowerment through philanthropy. On Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, use #SDTFoundersDay and tag @sdtsorority.