Sigma Kappa Participates In Week Of Giving

Friday, November 10, 2017

Members of Sigma Kappa Sorority from the Theta Phi Chapter at UTC took part in a week-long philanthropic campaign in celebration of the sorority’s Founders’ Day on Nov. 9.  The chapter’s “Week of Giving” consisted of various service events held each day across the Chattanooga community.   

“Our members live out our value of service throughout the year, but the Week of Giving campaign is tailored to support the organizations and efforts we are deeply passionate about," said Michaela Leaf, Theta Phi's vice president of Philanthropic Service. "There is nothing quite like spreading joy and kindness to those in need or sharing a thank you to people in our community that we feel make a difference.”

Week of Giving events were held Nov. 6-10.  The week kicked off with their “Sigma Kapples” event on campus, where members made and distributed 100 caramel apples to students and faculty.  The following day, members visited Fire Station #1 on E. Main Street to deliver cookies and express their gratitude for the firefighters’ service to our community.  Members also provided supplies for students to create “Blessing Bags” to keep on hand to give to someone in need this winter season.  One hundred students stopped by Sigma Kappa’s table in the University Center to make and take a bag full of snacks, hygiene items, and a note that could be personalized.  Members sponsored a “Senior Prom” at Morning Pointe Assisted Living in Hixson in which they organized a confetti photo booth, delivered over 150 cards, danced to the oldies, and enjoyed refreshments with the residents.  Members of Kappa Alpha fraternity joined them for the event.  To support adoption awareness, sisters visited McKamey Animal Center to make supply bags and walk dogs.  A Give Back Day was generously sponsored by Chili’s restaurant on Market Street, in which a portion of proceeds will be given to the Sigma Kappa Foundation in support of national philanthropies such Sigma Kappa’s efforts in supporting Alzheimer’s research.  The week wrapped with expressing appreciation for University faculty by delivering dozens of donuts to the various departments on campus.  




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