Gamma Sigma Sigma chapters have partnered with national service organizations over the last few decades. Individual, chapter, and national projects are developed to provide a concentrated level of service to the nation. These national partners are many, though the longest standing partnership is with March of Dimes. Gamma Sigma Sigma chapters also recognizes partnerships with the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
There are a number of ways in which Gamma Sigma Sigma members can participate to help raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research. These programs include:
- Hosting a Lemonade Stand
- Starting a Lemon League– Lemon Leagues are the ALSF collegiate level auxiliary group. They are student led and operated, with a school charter to be recognized as an official campus organization. Members hold events throughout the year to raise funds/awareness for ALSF and pediatric cancer research.
- Alex’s Million Mile– Alex’s Million Mile is a month-long event organized by ALSF during September (Childhood Cancer Awareness Month). The goal is to collectively run, walk and/or ride one million miles to raise funds and increase awareness of the need to support childhood cancer research. This year ALSF is asking all participants to join them on September 1st for the “First Mile”, where at a designated time everyone will all start the walk together (a national event).
- The Lemon Run– The Run starts at Memorial Hall and loops through beautiful Fairmount Park. More than 2,000 runners and walkers, many wearing yellow or gold for childhood cancer awareness, complete the 3.1 mile course. Among the participants are a number of Hero Families with a personal connection to childhood cancer, which adds to the meaning and inspiration of the day. Based in Philadelphia, members of Gamma Sigma Sigma from the area could participate either as an individual, or as a part of the new Centipede Run.
- The Lemon Society– With chapters in New York, Philadelphia, and L.A., The Lemon Society is a group of self-starting, enthusiastic individuals dedicated to fulfilling the vision of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). The group was founded to mobilize professionals to help continue Alex Scott’s vision of finding a cure for childhood cancer, “one cup at a time.” The Lemon Society supports ALSF’s efforts to raise money for childhood cancer research and treatments, increase awareness of childhood cancer and support patients and their families.
- The Greek Lemonade War-The Greek Lemonade War allows fraternity and sorority members to compete against each other to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation through various activities. Each organization will be competing against all other entrants (on campus and nationally), with the organization raising the most money being recognized by ALSF and winning the crown for the year.
- #DancePHL– Philly-area college students! Make a difference, give back and meet other college students from throughout the Philadelphia area by participating in Dance PHL, benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the fight against childhood cancer. Any college student in the Philadelphia or surrounding areas who wants to get involved can join to raise money for and awareness of childhood cancer.
Benefits of participation in an ALSF event for students include:
- Improved Leadership Development, Project Management skills
- Increased student engagement
- Encourages student philanthropic giving, while strengthening fundraising skills/abilities
- Raises awareness for the need to increase research for childhood cancer treatments/cures
- Creates a greater awareness of social problems, heightened sense of responsibility to help others in need, and a greater likelihood to give their time and money in the future to support their community.
All of our programs and initiatives are 100% FREE
In the fall, your members will take the Purple Pledge for Preemies:
- Mention March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Month at a November Chapter Meeting
- Wear Purple to a meeting or activity
- Open your November meeting with Mother/Child thoughts of hope
- Given brief presentation on Prematurity to Raise Awareness
In the spring, Gamma Sigma Sigma teams will walk together across the country:
- The money you raise is giving hope to nearly half a million babies born too soon each year! Gamma Sigma Sigma members are encouraged to use this timeline to lead your Chapter to success as you support babies, help moms and fund research.
- Get started at marchforbabies.org/gammasigmasigma.
- Register your chapter; include “Gamma Sigma Sigma” and your chapter in your team name.
- Set your team fundraising goals (individual and Chapter).
- Raise funds to help babies by asking for donations in person, online, and/or send letters.
- Keep talking about your chapter’s goal, and the March of Dimes.
- Stay motivated. Send updates to your team and donors to celebrate progress
- Get ready to march to help babies and celebrate your success at March for Babies
The American Red Cross (ARC) organization provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education. The ARC also offers services in four other areas: communications services and comfort for military members and their family members; the collection, processing and distribution of blood and blood products; educational programs on preparedness, health, and safety; and international relief and development programs. ARC is governed by volunteers and supported by donations, income from health and safety training and products, and income from blood products.
Here are more ways to help:
- Become certified and teach American Red Cross Babysitting courses to teenagers.
- Teach community classes such as CPR, First Aid and water safety to children and adults.
- A zombie apocalypse party utilizes an impending ‘zombie apocalypse’ to help educate your school and community how to prepare for disasters like a zombie outbreak.
- Participate in a mock disaster exercise hosted by your chapter.
- Create a Refugee Simulation activity to raise awareness about life in a refugee camp. Participants will learn about food rationing, restoring family links, registration, and border crossing.
- Totes of Hope: or homeless Veterans. Pack backpacks of personal care items (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving cream, comb, etc.) plus a note for thanks for homeless veterans. The totes can be distributed through VA hospital homeless outreach programs
- Participate in a Weekend Walking Garden, a horticulture program on a cart that is moved between patient rooms. Push a cart of flowers, plants, portable “zen” gardens, and water fountains to patient’s rooms who are unable to go outside at a VA or Military hospital.
- Flirting for Disaster: a social networking event where young professionals from your area converge to mingle, network, learn about and raise money for the American Red Cross.
Learn more at redcross.org
The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a national voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. The ACS is one of the oldest and largest volunteer health organizations. The organization does several activities such as providing grants to researchers, running public health advertisement and organizes events such as Relay for Life and the Great American Smokeout. At Relay For Life events teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path to raise funds for the fight against cancer. There is also the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Network. This network provides free, home-like accommodations for cancer patients who have to travel for treatment. There are more than 30 Hope Lodges in the US.
- Volunteer at a Hope Lodge by making meals, providing entertainment, planning activities, and improving the facility and grounds.
- Create a Relay For Life Team
- Join the Relay for Life Leadership Team! Help plan and promote the event. This hands on team does everything from recruiting and motivating teams and sponsors to planning day-of-event ceremonies.
- Be a cheerleader during an endurance events to help motivate participants during the walk/run
- Volunteer at an American Cancer Society Resource Center. These centers are located in local community hospitals. Help survivors’ access information, community resources, and American Cancer Society programs via ACS databases and/or brochures, etc.
- Use your beauty know-how to help cancer patients manage the appearance-related side effects of treatment
- [Daffodils are a universal symbol of hope and life, and they’re at the center of the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days Hope By The Bunch campaign powered by 1800FLOWERS.COM. The campaign will deliver thousands of yellow flowers across the country in March to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer. The Daffodil Days Hope By The Bunch campaign coincides with the arrival of spring and colorectal cancer awareness month.
Learn more at cancer.org
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is a North American nonprofit organization that seeks to stop drunk driving, support those affected by drunk driving, prevent underage drinking, and strive for stricter impaired driving policy, whether that impairment is caused by alcohol or any other drug. There is at least one office in each state and one in each province in Canada. Drunk driving has been reduced by 50% since MADD’s inception. MADD was heavily involved in lobbying for the reduction of the national blood alcohol limit during the early 2000s. Currently MADD has partnered with Uber and it’s the official designated driving app for the organization. Each year, thousands of people in over 60 cities around the nation will participate in the multiple 5k events to eliminate drunk driving called Walk Like MADD.
Ways to get involved:
- Take the pledge to not drink alcohol before age 21 or use other drugs and to never ride with someone who has been drinking alcohol or using drugs. Use #ProtectUrFriends and post a photo with your friends to make a pact to protect yourself and your friends from riding with a drinking driver.
- Spread the Word: Distribute MADD’s Tie One On For Safety red ribbons to encourage people not to drink and drive. Tie a ribbon on your vehicle to show your commitment.
- Honor Heroes: Recognize law enforcement and first responders at shift briefings or sobriety checkpoints to say thanks for keeping our roads safe.
- Roll Up Your Sleeves: Help set up events, run an information booth or attend community fairs.
- Mail Some Help: Research local drunk and drugged driving crashes, then mail “We Care” cards to the victims of these tragic events.
- Give a Hand: Answer phones, make copies or perform other office support duties.
Learn more at madd.org