Philanthropy

  • Part of our responsibility as Theta Phi Alphas is to care for and to make a commitment to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Advancing philanthropic interests is a part of Theta Phi Alpha's mission and such interest is promoted throughout the collegiate experience and beyond, during the alumnal years. Volunteering our services to the community in several different ways is important to our mission as a fraternal organization. In an attempt to help others, Theta Phi Alpha chapters, Alumnae Associations, and individual sisters have supported local and national philanthropic activities and community service.


     

    Through the Theta Phi Alpha Foundation, Theta Phi Alpha supports two national philanthropic causes: Glenmary Lay Missioners and The House That Theta Phi Alpha Built.


    Glenmary's work is in depressed rural areas of the United States, primarily in the Appalachian Mountains, where they distribute food, clothing, and books to needy persons, and assist in providing medical care, job training and tutoring. Over the summer months they host a summer camp, named Camp Friendship, where children who have little are welcomed. For these few weeks Theta Phi Alpha sponsors the camp, donating clothing, toiletries, arts and crafts and more to ensure that the campers have a great time.


    The House That Theta Phi Alpha Built is Theta Phi Alpha's newest philanthropic cause, established in 1993. The common goal through The House is to improve the plight of the homeless in any way. The chapter can seek to provide assistance to organizations that help the homeless, shelters, home building or neighborhood revitalization projects. This goal permits all Theta Phi Alphas to help those in need in their own community, while remaining united in our aim and purpose.

     

     

    Aside from our National Philanthropies, the Gamma Rho Chapter also supports a local philanthropy as well. Inspired by the tradegies that occurred on September 11, 2001, the sisters of the Gamma Rho Chapter work to spread Disability Awareness. The women of Zeta Iota Lambda, the local organization that the Gamma Rho Chapter of Theta Phi Alpha came from, founded this philanthropy in 2003 after the devastation of the September 11th attacks. These women wanted to be able to support the men, women, and families that were affected by the tradegies. Therefore, they sought out to spread awareness about disabilities because many of the people who were affected by the attacks now also sufferred from mental and physical disabilities.

     

    As Theta Phi's, we still continue to have that same passion for disabilities. We continuously strive to spread awareness so that people, on and off the Sacred Heart campus, understand and respect people who are affected by disabilities, both mentally and physically.