2015 Philanthropy/Service Events:
- Raised nearly $10,000 for our national philanthropies.
- Averaged 70 volunteer/service hours per member in 2015.
- Ultra Violet Week- Fall Festival Event
- Donated over 1000 gifts to Maine Sea Coast Mission, Northside Neighborhood House, and Love Nancy during the holidays.
- Volunteered with the American Heart Association in various events.
- Worked with TN Donor Services to conduct a campus wide Organ Challenge in honor of our sister Shelby, who passed away in 2015 from complications after receiving her 2nd lung transplant
- Volunteered and was top fundraiser for the Chattanooga Area Alzheimer’s Walk.
- Residence visits (Senior Prom and Bingo) and cards/gifts with the elderly/grandparents
- Inherit the Earth beautification projects in the Fortwood Historic Area
- Sigma Kappacino Campus Event
- RESPΣΚT Hazing Awareness Campaign
- Week of Giving (pass out goodies to professors, students, firefighters, nursing home visit, etc.)
- Participate/support all Greek philanthropy weeks
- 1 in 3/Awareness of Dangers of Drunk Driving & Bystander Intervention Program
- Week of Giving
2014 Press Release:
Sigma Kappa Reflects on a Year of Service
Members of Sigma Kappa Sorority, Theta Phi Chapter, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), have collectively contributed over 17,000 hours of community service in support of various philanthropic projects across the Chattanooga community in 2015.
“Service is an integral part of our organization. The 175 women in our chapter have a deep sense of enthusiasm for serving our community and making a difference in our world. Sigma Kappa provides us with meaningful opportunities to grow that passion while providing us with the tremendous gift of spreading joy and kindness to others,” shared Kristin Martin, Theta Phi’s Vice President of Philanthropic Service.
The sorority has achieved many accomplishments by successfully executing several philanthropic initiatives that primarily focus on Alzheimer’s disease prevention, research, and treatment efforts. Theta Phi was the top fundraising team Chattanooga’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising nearly $6,500. University students participated in Sigma Kappa’s Ultra Violet Campaign through a Trivia Night and Fall Festival events, which collected over $10,000 for the Sigma Kappa Foundation. The Foundation raises funds and awareness for Sigma Kappa’s philanthropic priorities, such as contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association.
This holiday season chapter members delivered over one thousand wish list items collected during their holiday giving drive to Northside Neighborhood House, Maine Sea Coast Mission, and Love Nancy, a local non-profit that provides respite support to caregivers and their loved one’s living with Alzheimer’s disease. Recently, each member participated in a “Week of Giving” in which they showed appreciation to local fire fighters, visited residents at nursing home facilities, and spread random acts of kindness to University faculty and students.
Additionally, Sigma Kappa planned and executed valuable educational and personal growth programs for University students on topics ranging from career development to encouraging students to take a stand against hazing. Most notably, the chapter recently partnered with Delta Zeta Sorority, UTC’s Counseling Services, 1n3, and Step Up! to sponsor the “I Have a Choice” campaign to create awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving and promote bystander intervention. Over 600 students participated in field sobriety test simulations, calculated BAC levels, and took a pledge to never drink under the influence. A large scale evening event took place in which, Tiki Finlayson, co-founder of 1n3, shared her personal story of the loss of her son, Kevin Yates, in a drinking and driving accident. Harrison Warren, a student at UTC, courageously told his story of how driving while drunk forever changed his life. Over 500 students attended and were impacted by the powerful message.
Jessica Bastianelli, Vice President of Programming, who helped plan the event, knows first-hand the value of serving the campus community by offering programs that are student led. “As a member of Sigma Kappa, we are committed to providing opportunities for personal growth and finding emotional connections for our members that resonate with them. This campaign truly demonstrates how just one individual can have a powerful impact on the lives of others.”
2014 Press Release:
Sorority Receives National Grant to Offer Health Fair
Based on their successful philanthropic efforts in 2013, the Theta Phi Chapter of Sigma Kappa Sorority at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) was given the opportunity to apply for a national grant through the Sigma Kappa Foundation. The local chapter was selected and notified in early June that they would receive the Giving Circle Grant for the maximum amount of $2,500. The purpose of the Giving Circle Grants are for Sigma Kappa collegiate chapters to offer ways in which to further promote their philanthropic efforts and make a difference in their community. Theta Phi was one of nine Sigma Kappa chapters in the nation to have the honor of implementing the grant in 2014.
The grant was written by Kat Brewer, Chapter President, with the hopes of sponsoring an educational health fair by partnering with the UTC School of Nursing and other local organizations. Brewer and fifth semester nursing students have been preparing to execute a successful event that creates awareness and addresses the specific health care needs of residents living in Patten Towers.
The Sigma Kappa Cares-Infection Prevention Health Fair will take place on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. outside Patten Towers located at 1 E 11th Street in downtown Chattanooga. The services are open to residents of Patten Towers, the homeless, and any other members of the community that need free health consultation. The Health Fair will include information on infection prevention such as hand hygiene, cleaning/disinfecting techniques, and blood pressure screenings, as well as education and services provided through Chattanooga Cares on sexual health and HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C screenings. Participants will receive a complimentary lunch, leave with useful resources, and be eligible to win a variety of door prizes.
“It is our honor to bring this opportunity to the Chattanooga community. Our organization is deeply committed to our value of service, and we look forward to making a difference in the lives of others,” shared Brewer.
2013 Press Release:
Sorority Makes a Difference in the Chattanooga Community
The Theta Phi Chapter of Sigma Kappa Sorority at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) successfully achieved one of their primary goals of giving back to the community over the past year. The sorority, consisting of nearly 150 women, was honored to be named the organization with the “Most Outstanding Community Service” at the 2013 SGA Banquet. This award is given to the campus organization that is dedicated to serving the University and the Chattanooga community.
The Alzheimer’s Association and gerontology, the study of aging are two of the sorority’s national philanthropies. This year, members held a Valentine’s Day party at the Life Care Center of Red Bank where residents enjoyed socializing with members as they delivered handmade to the residents. This fall, Theta Phi volunteered with the local Alzheimer’s Association during their annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s by raising approximately $1000, volunteering with registration, and assisting with activities during their annual events. “As we have added new elements to enhance our walk experience, our need for volunteers has increased significantly. Our (yes we call them "ours"!) Sigma Kappa girls show up in force and do everything we ask of them and more. Our Chattanooga Walk to End Alzheimer's broke $100K for the first time in 2012 and doubled that to over $200K this year and they have been with us every step of the way. We could not do it without them! They bring spirit, enthusiasm, compassion, fun and a lot of "woman" power to our event, as well as raising funds to support the cause and help find a cure, “shared Cindy Lowery, Vice President of Operations at the Alzheimer’s Association.
In October, the chapter held their Ultra Violet Week where members of the UTC community helped raise nearly $2,600 that was donated to the Sigma Kappa Foundation support Alzheimer’s disease research. The week included exciting events for students to participate in such as a softball tournament and a “Dove in Disguise” pageant. During their annual “Week of Giving,” chapter members gave back to the campus and local community in a variety of ways. Cookies were delivered to professors and faculty members, members participated in a neighborhood cleanup, and fellow students were surprised on campus with homemade muffins and goodie bags. Throughout the year sisters volunteered for many local events ranging from the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball to the American Suicide Prevention Association Walk. Jennie Sumrell, Theta Phi’s Advisory Board Chairman shared, “The women of Theta Phi know that an expectation of them as a member is to live our core value of service. They make a tremendous impact on our community and work extremely hard each year to give back to others. I’m beyond proud of what they have accomplished this year.”
Closing out the year, members and local alumnae recently collected nearly 500 gifts to share with the Maine Sea Coast Mission and the Northside Neighborhood House for their holiday giving programs. "Our Santa's Workshop allows parents who have fallen on hard times to make the season brighter for their children," said Rachel Gammon, Executive Director of Northside Neighborhood House. "Thanks to the generosity of the women of Sigma Kappa, more parents will be able to provide their children with toys this year.”
Theta Phi members have collectively given over 3,600 community services hours to the Chattanooga community during 2013 and donated over $9,700 to campus organizations, local community, and to the Sigma Kappa Foundation in support of their five national philanthropies. “I’m blessed to be part of an organization that is so deeply committed to community service, philanthropy projects, and civil engagement,” shared Vice President of Philanthropic Services of Theta Phi, Nicole Coppinger. “The Theta Phi Chapter of Sigma Kappa is much deeper than just a social organization. We dedicate our four years in college to personal growth, friendship, loyalty, and service- preparing us to be valuable and engaged citizens in our future. The Sigma Kappa Foundation honored Theta Phi as part of the Chapter Annual Giving Recognition Club as Platinum Circle Award Recipient for their generous support in funding programs and national philanthropies, such as Alzheimer's disease research, supported through the Sigma Kappa Foundation. The chapter contributed nearly $7,000 to these efforts in 2012, which qualified them for this top achievement. These funds were primarily raised through the chapter's Ultra Violet Campaign where members of the UTC community helped raise funds through events such as a softball tournament and a Dove in Disguise pageant competition. Theta Phi also received Honorable Mention for Best Ultra Violet Campaign.