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Delta Zeta Sorority SERVEs Up Fun, Friendship, Philanthropy



Sep 23, 2017

10/10/17

Delta Zeta membersRandolph-Macon College students regularly engage in community service, giving back to others with their time, energy and talent.

The SERVE (Students Engaged in Responsible Volunteer Experiences) program is just one way that students can help others. SERVE provides students with opportunities for volunteerism, service-learning, and leadership development as they explore the root causes and contexts of social needs through connections with the greater community.

R-MC students also engage in community service in conjunction with fraternities, sororities, and campus clubs and organizations.

Food, Fun, Friendship
At the R-MC Delta Zeta (DZ) chapter's fall fundraiser, held on October 6, 2017 in Birdsong Hall, there were plenty of dogs to go around. Hot dogs, that is. The "Hot Dogs for Hearing" fundraiser, which benefited the Starkey Hearing Foundation, was an opportunity for the R-MC community to help others, all while enjoying food, fun and friendship.

At the "Hot Dogs for Hearing" event, DZ members sold hot dogs, soda, veggie dogs, and desserts. Guests played cornhole and Jenga, and signed up for a chance to win a gift card that was donated by Ashland's Sweet Frog, which sells frozen yogurt. Delta Zeta raised $1400 during the event.

Philanthropy and Service
The Delta Zeta sorority has a long tradition of helping others. Speech and hearing have been its philanthropy focus since 1954, and DZ currently partners with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, whose Hearing Missions help the hearing impaired through community-based healthcare initiatives. DZ holds two fundraising events each year, one in the spring and one in the fall.

Antonia Douglas '18 is president of R-MC's Delta Zeta chapter, which boasts 77 members.

"Philanthropy and service are two very important parts of being a Delta Zeta," says Douglas, a political science and environmental studies major and ethics minor. "We make an impact not only in our own community, but also at the national and global levels. We follow Starkey through social media and see how their work helps others; it's exciting to be part of a mission that helps others."

Kellyn Fleming '09, R-MC's senior assistant director of admissions, serves as philanthropy advisor for DZ.

"I work directly with the philanthropy vice president, Taylor Schools '18, and help her with on-campus philanthropy events, initiatives for service throughout the year, tracking service hours, and any other areas she may need help with," says Fleming, who joined DZ when she was a student at R-MC. "As a staff member of the college, I have the unique ability to bridge the gap between the sorority and the college."

Schools, a communication studies major and education minor, plans and coordinates philanthropy events each semester. She also helps DZ members find additional service opportunities, and she educates members about DZ’s philanthropic partnerships and the importance of giving back.

"What I find most important about the philanthropy aspect of Delta Zeta is that it teaches our members the importance of giving graciously," says Schools. "This helps us to look outside of our chapter and find ways to help others through service and donations. I think it's amazing that our chapter can impact people across the world."

Giving Back
In 2016-17, R-MC students collectively amassed more than 17,000 volunteer hours and donated $47,075 to various causes. Students in Fraternity and Sorority Life contributed more than 10,049 hours of collective service to the community and donated nearly $27,683 to various organizations and philanthropies. In addition, $14,000 was raised and donated to the American Cancer Society from the annual Relay for Life.

Over 300 students participated R-MC's second Big Event, a day of service to give thanks to the Ashland community. The Students Engaged in Responsible Volunteer Experiences (SERVE) program, in the Office of Student Life, is an integral part of Randolph-Macon College.