Did you know that 1 in 7 Americans struggle with hunger? Worldwide, 42 million people struggle with hunger, including 13 million children and 6 million senior citizens. Food insecurity affects our campus, our community, and our nation. This is why Alpha Gamma Delta's philanthropic focus is "Fighting Hunger," a cause extremely important to our chapter. We are able to support this cause in a variety of ways. On Auburn's campus, we enjoy partnering with the Campus Kitchens Project and The Jason Dufner Foundation. In Lee County, we volunteer with various organizations, including the East Alabama Food Bank and the AUMC Food Pantry, just to name a few. Nationally, we are able to support Feeding America and Meals on Wheels. Alpha Gamma Delta's Margaret Moffat was the first person to bring Meals on Wheels to America in 1954. This Philanthropic Campaign is called "Full Plates. Hearts. Minds." We cannot wait to share more about our new philanthropic focus during Recruitment this year!
MEET OUR 2018 VICE PRESIDENT OF PHILANTHROPY
My name is Katie Powers and I am absolutely honored to serve as this year’s Vice President of Philanthropy. I could not be more excited to lead in this capacity and I know the Lord is going to do incredible things through this chapter.
One of the many extraordinary things about our philanthropy is the direct impact it has on our Auburn community. In Lee County, 27,000 individuals struggle with food insecurity. For 1 in 6 Americans, hunger is their reality. Through fundraising and service, we have been able to reach those struggling with food insecurity through working with organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Campus Kitchens, and the Food Bank of East Alabama.
Every year, we participate in Week of Service which is a week-long community service event which promotes unity and sisterhood as well as allowing our members to help others in the Auburn area. This year we will be volunteering with BigHouse Foundation, Jason Dufner Foundation, Food Bank of East Alabama, the Campus Food Pantry, and Summer Village Assisted Living.
Along with our volunteer opportunities, we host fun and exciting 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, and food banks. Our two main events this year are Java Jam and Wing Jam. Java Jam is a new event that we started last year in the spring. For Java Jam this year, we will be hosting it at a local coffee shop with live music, great coffee, and yummy snacks. Wing Jam is in the fall and is a battle of the bands competition. We have wings, catered by Island Wing Company and great live music. Both of these events are so fun and involve the whole community.
My favorite line of the Alpha Gamma Delta purpose states that “we welcome the opportunity of contributing to the world’s work in the community where we are placed because of the joy of service thereby bestowed and the talent of leadership multiplied.” This line of the purpose fully embodies our chapter’s heart for service and our passion for our philanthropy. A verse that the Lord has put on my heart has been Hebrews 13:16 which says, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” We all have unique talents and gifts that we can utilize in order to “do good” and serve in our community. For me, being a part of the Auburn family and being an Alpha Gamma Delta, means giving back to this wonderful community that the Lord has placed me in. I am so thrilled to share that passion with yall and our whole chapter.
With much love,