My name is Victoria Black and I am honored to be this year’s vice president of philanthropy! I feel so blessed to serve in this role, and I am so excited to see what this year has to bring!
The Alpha Gamma Delta purpose states that, as Alpha Gam’s, we “welcome the opportunity of contributing to the world’s work in the community where [we] am placed because of the joy of service thereby bestowed and the talent of leadership multiplied,” and as a chapter we use this to guide our efforts in fighting hunger.
What makes our philanthropy special is that we are constantly given the opportunity to see direct impact in our community. For 1 in 6 Americans, hunger is a reality. In Lee County alone, there are over 27,000 individuals who are food insecure. Through service, this chapter has helped such members of our community through various organizations, such as Campus Kitchens and Meals on Wheels. Hunger is a real problem in our community and as Alpha Gam’s we strive to help in the fight.
Every year we participate in Week of Service, which is a week-long community service event that encourages sisterhood while giving back to the community around us! During the week, chapter members will volunteer their time and talents to directly benefit our community. This year we will be packing lunches for the Jason Dufner Foundation, volunteering at the AUMC Food Pantry, delivering valentines to a local nursing home and more!
Along with our community service efforts, we host fun events to raise money for the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation. The Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation assists us in fighting hunger by granting to non-profit organizations such as local food pantries, meal assistance programs, food banks, and more!
This year, our chapter will be holding several fun events including Wing Jam and a new event – Java Jam! Wing Jam is a Battle of the Bands competition catered by Island Wing Company, that is always such a great time. Who doesn’t love wings and music? Also this year, we will be partnering with Fiji to host Java Jam! Java Jam will be an all new event full of coffee, great music, tea, snacks, bands, and fun! We are so excited to string up some lights and sip coffee with friends while raising money for the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation.
We are expecting for 2018 to be a remarkable year and are so excited for the events to come! I have been so grateful for the devotion for service that this chapter has shared with me. A chapter that is constantly striving to do whatever it can to give back to the community. We hope that you see our passion through our service, and we cannot wait to see what this year has in store for us!