Since 1920, the legacy of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has been firmly secured in the sorority’s service to community and all humanity. Building on that legacy, Zeta has adopted a national service program that is viable for the 21st century, and more importantly, meets the critical societal needs that impact African Americans and International Women of Color. The program. Z-HOPE: Zetas Helping Other People Excel (Through Mind, Body and Spirit), is a holistic, multidimensional outreach program. Z-HOPE targets five major populations (Women, Youth, Men, Seniors, International Women of Color) utilizing a life-span approach, reaching all people…from the young to the old, from prenatal to geriatric.
International Women of Color is one of five components of Z-HOPE. The programming benefits include support for those with AIDS and those caring for AIDS victims, literacy programs, building water wells, donating rice and much more. The Sorority have built more than 52 water wells throughout Ghana and built a clinic at the Afua Kobi Apem Senior School for girls in Ghana.
Other sorority initiatives under Z-HOPE include: Elder Care, Adopt-a-School, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Military Appreciation Week, MLK Day of Global Service, Zetas Have Heart, The Prematurity Awareness Program and The American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
A unique feature of Z-HOPE is its focus on community collaboration, partnership and outreach. Omicron Omicron Zeta Chapter takes our programs to the people and utilizes existing community resources to produce the maximum program effects. We continue to foster partnerships with local and national organizations with similar interest.
Elder Care Initiative strives to provide education and awareness about preparing for your senior years. The African American community is least prepared when it comes to retirement, estate planning and understanding the legal and financial preparation needed to care for parents, grandparents and ultimately, for our own long-term care. It is a comprehensive program that also focuses on elder abuse awareness, financial peace, supporting the caregiver and volunteering at senior care facilities. The Zetas, Amicae and Youth Clubs provide ongoing support to several senior centers in Gloucester County.
Zeta Prematurity Awareness Program (ZPAP) occurs annually during the entire month of November in support of World Prematurity Day on November 17th and the March of Dimes. Since 2003, Zeta chapters and auxiliaries reach out to houses of worship across the country and distribute information on prematurity awareness, causes of prematurity and the importance of seeking prenatal care in an effort to decrease infant mortality and the number of low birth weight babies. In 2016, over 100,000 people were reached through the Sorority’s grassroots campaign. Each year Omicron Omicron Zeta Chapter participates in this program at local churches.
Since 2013, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to eliminate childhood cancer. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital mission is “to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment … no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.” Omicron Omicron Zeta Chapter provides annual monetary donations to the hospital. This year, the sorority launched Zeta’s HOPE for St. Jude, in an effort to raise at least $30,000 to save children’s lives. As of June 30, 2017 the sorority has exceeded its goal by raising 47, 985.00.
Adopt-A-School allows members of Zeta Phi Beta to identify low performing schools and provide assistance in a number of ways to enhance the educational experience and increase test scores. Members purchase supplies and/or equipment, provide volunteer hours, provide scholarship incentives, assist with parent engagement programs and work with administrators to identify needs that may be specific to that particular school. Omicron Omicron Zeta Chapter Zetas, Amicae and Youth Clubs have adopted Evergreen Avenue Elementary School in Woodbury, NJ. The chapter has funded scholarship incentives, made parents aware of what to do in emergencies, conducted a Halloween Trunk-or-Treat and funded PTO activities
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated has taken on the mission to help increase awareness of the sacrifices and contributions made by America’s veterans and military families. This year the chapter’s contributions include: Volunteering at a Veteran’s Home, donating money to Women Veterans Rock, Inc., buying toiletries and magazines for a shelter and providing holiday gifts to a military family.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘what are you doing for others?’”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
On the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated celebrated by completing hundreds of community service projects, and declaring 2017 the Global Year of Service. These service projects begin the official count toward completing 20 million service hours between now and Founders’ Day 2020. On that day, Omicron Omicron Zetas volunteered at the South Jersey FoodBank, the Amicae volunteered as servers at a MLK Day Breakfast and the Youth Groups cleaned up a daycare center. MLK Day 2018 was at the South Jersey FoodBank and DOT’s MLK Day Breakfast.
15 million babies are born prematurely each year around the world. 1 million will die. Prematurity is the #1 killer of babies in the United States. March of Dimes is working to change that and help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. From polio to prematurity the March of Dimes has focused on researching the problems that threaten our children and finding ways to prevent them. March for Babies is our biggest weapon in the fight against premature birth, raising funds to help more moms have healthy, full-term babies as well as research to find why it occurs and preventions to keep it from happening. This year, Omicron Omicron Zeta Chapter donated over $1,400.00 and was one of the checkpoint sponsors for the local March for Babies.
Almost everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some way, so our Sorority decided to make a difference all over the country by walking and raising money in local American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events. Omicron Omicron Zeta Chapter walks each year in October in the South Jersey event in Pennsauken, NJ. Last year the chapter contributed over $3,500.00 to the American Cancer Society. This year’s breast cancer awareness program also includes “Paint the Church Pink,” breast cancer awareness displays in churches and “Zetas Go Pink” wearing pink outfits.