Delta Gamma is committed to providing service to those who need it. Service for Sight has remained at the heart of Delta Gamma’s philanthropic mission since 1936. The Delta Gamma Foundation has founded five schools and 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 the 15 million children and adults who are blind or visually impaired.
As a chapter, we donate funds, glasses, and books to programs that aid those who suffer from blindness or visual impairments. We work hard to raise money for our national philanthropy, Service for Sight, in new and innovative ways. In the fall, we hold our annual Anchor Splash and this spring, we are inaugurating Anchor Tag, our newest philanthropy event.
Each chapter member completes over 10 hours of community service every year. These hours support Delta Gamma’s Service for Sight Foundation, as well as sight-related causes in the local area. Some sisters participate in Achilles Walks in Central Park to guide individuals with visual impairments as they walk through the park. In the past, sisters have also volunteered at a summer camp for teens with visual impairments and visited residents at retirement homes in Manhattan through Delta Gamma’s Golden Anchor program.
Whether dancing at the CU Dance Marathon or teaching elementary school students conflict resolution through Peace by PEACE, our sisters also volunteer their own time on campus. A recently graduated sister established the Columbia chapter of Girls Who Code, which seeks to instill a love of computer science in local high school girls. It is currently led by two current members who serve on its managing board. As a chapter, we constantly seek efficient ways to help the blind and service those in need within the Columbia community and beyond.
As a chapter, we make an effort to engage with other Greek organizations on campus in our philanthropy events. Our annual Anchor Splash event is lucky to have consistent support and participation from fraternities on campus, such as Beta Theta Pi, who won last year's dance. Meanwhile, each Panhellenic sorority contributed to the success of Delta Glam by participating as models. Our chapter also supports the philanthropic efforts of other Greek organizations on campus. For example, this past year, Delta Gamma participated in Sigma Delta Tau’s Quest for the BeSDT, Alpha Chi Omega's Lyre Cup, and Kappa Alpha Theta's CASA Carnival, among many other events.
Delta Gamma’s motto, “Do Good,” captures each sister’s commitment to bettering her community and is reflected in each sister’s continued service even after graduation. Delta Gamma’s New York alumnae chapter is one of the nation’s top 10 alumnae fundraising groups for Service for Sight.