GSS C.A.R.E.S

In the event of a national or international disaster, Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority responds with a special call to service – GSS C.A.R.E.S. (Collaboration to Assist in Relief Efforts through Service). This is our initiative to help with relief when areas are devastated by any natural disaster / man made disaster, and members decide to assist through donations, collecting items, or active volunteering in the area.


Louisiana Flood Relief

The National Sorority will focus its national efforts on donations to the American Red Cross and collecting items for displaced youth and college students. The sorority will make a donation to both entities. In addition, members can donate to the American Red Cross online at redcross.org/louisiana or via Text to Give by texting LAFLOODS to 90999, which makes a $10.00 donation. To help us ensure that we have records of sorority member donations to the American Red Cross, please be sure to note your donation on your chapter service report and treasurer report or the alumni-at-large service report.

Also, for the next two months, we will join Southern University’s efforts to provide needed items to displaced college students and K-12 students in the laboratory school. Our Alumni Director Tanisha Cousby is the point of contact for this drive at Southern and can answer any questions you have via email at alumni@gammasigmasigma.org. We encourage members to collect toiletries, such as wash cloths, towels, soap, deodorant, tooth brushes, tooth paste, lotion, shampoo, and conditioner for all ages and genders. If your chapter is able to transport or ship larger items, please feel free to also collect clothes (all sizes), shoes, toys, formula, diapers, bottles, pillows, blankets, cookware, nonperishable food items, dog food, cat food, and cleaning supplies.

Donations can be mailed to the below address:

Southern University
Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union
C/O Director of the Student Union
500 Jesse Stone Ave.
Baton Rouge, LA 70813


Alberta Fires

Wildfires in the Alberta Province of Canada have destroyed over 1600 homes and have burnt the entire city of Fort McMurray to the ground. Last week, firefighters were battling 49 fires across the province, some proving impossible to control due to weather conditions.

For this GSS C.A.R.E.S. Call to Service, we encourage all members to donate to the Canadian Red Cross. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the government will match all donations to the Canadian Red Cross. The Red Cross has also opened up registration for evacuees to get help. To donate, please visit www.redcross.ca

Anyone located nearby who is in a position to help, or anyone affected by the fire, can visit the Edmunton Journal link below to find additional relief efforts. Important phone numbers are listed in this article, and please spread the word about necessary resources to friends or family in the area:

http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/how-yiou-can-help-the-evacuees-from-the-fort-mcmurray-wildfires


HOUSTON FLOOD RELIEF

The National Sorority will focus its national efforts on supporting children and teachers in the school district, particularly Roberson Middle School. We have been in contact with the Houston Bayou City Alums, who have agreed to be a point of contact for those wanting to support flood relief in the area. There are countless teachers and youth in the flooded areas that HBCA has been in contact with, and we will collect items and make donations to help provide necessary items to them.

The items requested for donations includes: cleaning supplies, socks and underwear (all sizes youth to adult sizes), diapers, and wipes. Donations can be mailed to the below address for HBCA. You can also mail donations to the chapter or make a donation online through their PayPal at http://PayPal.me/GammaSigmaHBCA. Please note that donations to the chapter are not tax-deductible because Gamma Sigma Sigma chapters are not tax exempt.

Gamma Sigma Sigma
Houston Bayou City Alumni Chapter
P.O. Box 680507
Houston, TX 77268-0507

Any Houston flood relief service for this project or another effort should be reported on the service reports under GSS C.A.R.E.S.


CALL TO SERVICE – FLINT, MICHIGAN

For the GSS C.A.R.E.S. Call to Service in Flint, MI, the National Sorority will focus its national efforts on Flint, MI youth and families. Those most affected by lead-contaminated water are youth, and nearly 9,000 children are considered as being exposed to lead in the Flint, MI area. The National Sorority will donate to residents in the Flint, MI area through the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and support the Flint Child Health and Development Fund. In addition, the National Sorority will assist in supporting Gamma Sigma Sigma’s Saginaw Valley State University Interest Group in their volunteer service to Genesse STEM and New Standard Academy.

Please give consideration to these ways in which you can also serve the Flint, MI community.

  • Monetary donations can be submitted online through the United Way’s Flint Water Fund. The donations from this fund are directly used to provide water to residents. Contribute online.
  • The American Red Cross in Flint, Michigan is in need of volunteers. Anyone able to volunteer can contact the Flint Donor Center at 810-232-1401.
  • Members wanting to help the Saginaw Valley Interest Group with donations can send donations until January 29. Their university is providing a vehicle for them to transport and deliver supplies to the two schools listed above. Any questions about the groups’ activities can be directed to membership@gammasigamsigma.org.

Online Resources:
Community Foundation Greater Flint.
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan 
United Way of Genessee County.
How to donate water, volunteer to help Flint residents.
Grossman, S. (01-20-2016). 5 Ways You Can Help Flint, Michigan Amid the Water Crisis. Huffington Post.
McLaughlin, E. (01-19-16). 5 Things to Know About Flint’s Water Crisis. CNN. 
Moore, A. Looking to help residents of Flint? Here’s what you need to knowNBC 25. 
Tanner, K. (01-16-16). All Flint’s Children Must Be Treated as Exposed. USA Today.


 CALL TO SERVICE – INTERNATIONAL RELIEF

In the wake of the attacks in Paris, France and Beirut, Lebanon, the members of Gamma Sigma Sigma are encouraged to support the victims and their families. The French Red Cross deployed over 340 volunteers to Paris after the attacks, and organizations in both Paris and Lebanon have joined to provide families with emotional support and necessities.
There are numerous established charities that have pledged support to the victims and their families. In particular, the following distribute needed items, meals, and counseling.

In Paris:
French Red Cross: www.ammado.com/nonprofit/crf
Secours Catholique: http://www.secours-catholique.org/
Restos du Coeur: http://www.restosducoeur.org/
(The last two pages are in French, but can be translated using the web browser translator)

In Beirut:
ANERA: http://www.anera.org/category/emergency-response/
Members and chapters are asked to consider donating to the above organizations to aid in the recovery process.


CALL TO SERVICE – EAST COAST RELIEF

Gamma Sigma Sigma members are encouraged to play an active role in the East Coast Flood Relief efforts by supporting the sorority-wide collection drive to provide needed items. Consider setting a chapter, colony, or individual goal of $25, $50, or $100 to support relief efforts through monetary donations or collections. The Epsilon Beta Chapter at Clemson University will be leading our local service efforts by collecting and distributing items to areas affected by the flood and supporting the Harvest Food Bank and the American Red Cross efforts. They have agreed to distribute items that members, chapters, and colonies send to them as donations. If any member, chapter, or colony would like to send a monetary donation, they will purchase needed items to reduce shipping costs.
In addition, the American Red Cross is seeking local volunteers in the Columbia, South Carolina area. In a few weeks, volunteers will be needed to help distribute supplies. Any members interested in volunteering with the American Red Cross should contact me at service@gammasigmasigma.org. Please also use that same email address to obtain information on where to send donations and supplies to Epsilon Beta.  EndFragment–>

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SUPPORT FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS

Gamma Sigma Sigma members can donate to the Salvation Army’s East Coast flood relief efforts online or by texting STORM to 51555. If you text, you’ll receive a message with a direct link for the organization’s mobile donation platform.

These are numbers and links to the local American Red Cross locations
Central SC | Columbia, SC | 803-540-1200
Northern SC | Rock Hill, SC | 803-329-6575
Eastern SC | Myrtle Beach, SC | 843-477-0020
Upstate SC | Greenville, SC | 864-271-8222
More volunteer information can also be found at the following numbers:

  • Charleston – 843-764-2323 x321
  • Columbia – 803-508-5251
  • Myrtle Beach – 843-764-2323 x321
  • Upstate – 864-270-9575