Alumnae membership: Supporting Alpha Sigma Alpha’s philanthropic partners
As members of Alpha Sigma Alpha, we are encouraged to express our care and concern for others through support of national philanthropic partnerships and local communities. As our ritual states, “Life is not taking in only; it is giving out too. It is giving ourselves – freely – to other people, giving ourselves in comradeship, in understanding, in joy, in love.”
The shared value of generosity unites Alpha Sigma Alpha sisters across the world through all stages of membership. Support of the Sorority’s philanthropic endeavors is a way for alumnae members to remain engaged with Alpha Sigma Alpha long after graduation.
At this time, Alpha Sigma Alpha has four national philanthropic partners members support from around the country, and the world, in a variety of ways.
Alpha Sigma Alpha adopted Special Olympics as a philanthropic partner in 1976. With sports at its core, Special Olympics is the world’s largest movement dedicated to promoting respect, acceptance, inclusion and human dignity for those with intellectual disabilities.
Alpha Sigma Alpha members can support Special Olympics in many different ways. For those looking for hands-on volunteer experience with Special Olympics, connect with the Special Olympics chapter in your area to learn how you can provide support in preparation for and at events.
Members can also support Special Olympics through fundraising initiatives, the most popular being the Polar Plunge. The Polar Plunge is a fundraiser held by local state Special Olympics headquarters and affiliate organizations where money is raised in support of Special Olympics before participants jump into a pool, lake or ocean. Members can support Special Olympics by making a donation to Polar Plunge fundraiser, or by helping to raise money and taking the plunge.
Learn more about opportunities to support Special Olympics.
Girls on the Run
Alpha Sigma Alpha established a partnership with Girls on the Run in 2012. Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity-based youth development program for girls.
The program teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.
Girls on the Run has over 200 councils throughout the country. Each council has various opportunities for Alpha Sigma Alpha alumnae looking to support this organization through volunteering. Opportunities include assisting at 5K events or coaching girls through Girls on the Run’s curriculum.
Learn more about opportunities to support Girls on the Run.
S. June Smith Center
A philanthropic partner since 1990, The S. June Smith Center provides educational services to children with developmental disabilities in the Lancaster, PA area. The S. June Smith Center has been providing services to children and their families since 1965 in part due to the leadership efforts of Alpha Sigma Alpha member, Dr. S. June Smith.
By providing educational services—including classroom instruction and occupational, physical and speech therapy services—the S. June Smith Center seeks to prepare children and families for a future filled with achievement and independence. The programs and services provided help children develop skills needed to become fully involved in their schools and community.
Although the S. June Smith Center is local to the Lancaster, PA area, they rely heavily on Alpha Sigma Alpha’s support. Contributions from Alpha Sigma Alpha make a large impact on the children and families seeking necessary services from the S. June Smith Center’s programs.
Alumnae seeking a way to make a large impact on a purposeful local organization can support the S. June Smith Center through donations for their classrooms and educational programs. The S. June Smith Center staff regularly updates the organization’s wish list of current needs.
Learn more about opportunities to support the S. June Smith Center
Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation
The Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation provides meaningful opportunities to members through scholarship opportunities, career enhancement grants and funding for Alpha Sigma Alpha’s educational programming and events. The Foundation desires for every Alpha Sigma Alpha woman to have the opportunity to seek and attain her personal and professional aspirations.
Making a gift to the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation is a great option for alumnae looking to directly impact Alpha Sigma Alpha members and the future of the Sorority.
Learn more about giving opportunities in support of the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation.
Members are making a difference through support of Alpha Sigma Alpha’s philanthropic partners on a daily basis. At any stage of membership, exemplifying the core value of generosity is an impactful way to show the world how Alpha Sigma Alpha is developing women of poise and purpose.
-Kim Richard, EK, director of events & programs