Z-HOPE (Zetas Helping Other People Excel)
Harmony in the Home – Love Should Not Hurt
To commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month the Sorors of Tau Delta Zeta Chapter, along with the Brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. The event was moderated by Soror Laura Charles-Horne and her husband, Sigma Brother R. Khalif Horne. Panelists included Dr. Shauna Moore, of the US Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Unit, Ms. April Harrison-Gilliam and Carolyn Washington, Founder of Sisters4Sisters, which is a community non-profit that focuses on empowering women and children in Prince Georges County. These powerful women shared stories of overcoming domestic violence, and provided encouragement, empowerment and vital information to attendees. Cell phones were collected and donated to the Family Crisis Center to assist victims in seeking help when needed.
Z Pack it Up
For the seventh consecutive year, Tau Delta Zeta Chapter organized and collected school supplies to benefit students of Title One schools. Title One schools receive such a designation due to the fact at least 50 percent of the student population receives either free or reduced lunch. Just recently, the Z-Pack It Up project provided donations of school and classroom supplies to benefit the students of two Prince George’s County schools. The first was Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Maryland.
In partnership with Seek His Face Ministries Church and Grace Presbyterian Church, a second drive provided backpacks filled with supplies for the students of Charles Carroll Middle School in New Carrollton, MD. In both cases, some of the supplies included: notebook paper, folders, composition books, 3-ring binders, protractors, pens, pencils, graph paper, and much more!
March of Dimes – March for Babies
Tau Delta Zeta supported its national partner of 38 years, the March of Dimes, and participated in the annual March for Babies event held at Watkins Park in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Chapter members assisted with registration and a check point, and volunteered as spirit leaders and walkers at the event. Other members of Team Tau Delta Zeta walked the three mile course. Chapter member efforts raised close to $5,000 dollars for the March of Dimes. The chapter was recognized by the March of Dimes as one of the top five walk teams in the county.
The Importance of Exercise
As physical inactivity has been established as a major risk factor for many health problems, including but not limited to, coronary artery disease, obesity, and high blood pressure, Tau Delta Zeta is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles via The Importance of Exercise program, as sorors understand that adding physical activity and exercise to one’s life can be beneficial to their overall health. The Ladies of Tau Delta Zeta hosted a Jazzercise workout session at the Jazzercise Center in Laurel, Maryland.
Atlantic Region Z-HOPE Initiative
In addition to other chapters throughout the Atlantic Region, Tau Delta Zeta contributed to cellular phones to the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Phones will be distributed to victims to utilize when seeking safety from abusive relationships.
Walk or Run for a ZHOPE Cause: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Chapter members walked in support of our national partner, the American Cancer Society. Members also raised funds to support the organization’s fight against breast cancer, which adversely impacts women of color in disproportionate numbers.
Brush Away the Pain
Every year thousands of women are victims of domestic violence. In an effort to bring continued awareness to domestic violence, Tau Delta Zeta along with chatpers across the state of Maryland donated hair brushes to the House of Ruth Domestic Violence Center located in Baltimore, Maryland. The House of Ruth has assisted over 15,000 women and children since its inception.
Charter Day of Service Z-HOPE Program: Growing Up in A Fattening World & Nutritious Nibbles
In celebration of Tau Delta Zeta’s Charter Day, chapter members, in partnership with Southern Management’s Fountain Club Apartment Community in New Carrollton, Maryland, endeavored to increase the awareness of healthy eating habits and the need for children to engage in physical activity. The Fountain Club hosted an Easter Egg Hunt for the residents in that community. Following the Easter Egg Hunt, Tau Delta Zeta provided healthy and tasty smoothies. Children participated in indoor and outdoor activities such as racing and musical chairs, in addition to being taught how to prepare nutritious snacks. The children were also treated to a mini Kung Fu class taught by Dennis Brown’s Shaolin Wu Shu Training Center and Tau Delta Zeta’s own, Dr. Nicole Allain.
Power of the Written Word Scholarship Essay Contest
The Power of the Written Word Scholarship Essay Contest is another way in which Tau Delta Zeta invests in the youth of our community. Each year the chapter holds an essay contest to increase the awareness and appreciation for the written word, underscore the essential components of essays and highlight the process of participating in a competitive written essay contest among female high school seniors. Three finalists are selected and awarded scholarships which will defray the cost of expenses at a college or university of their choosing.
Bowling for Babies
As part of Tau Delta Zeta’s Finer Womanhood Observance, members gave back via the chapter’s annual Bowling for Babies Event. Since 2007 Tau Delta Zeta has hosted the annual bowling event as an opportunity to fellowship with family, friends and other Greek organizations; but most importantly as a means of raising funds to support one of Zeta Phi Beta’s national partners, the March of Dimes. A significant portion of the proceeds are donated to Tau Delta Zeta’s March for Babies fundraising efforts. To date, several thousand dollars have been raised to bring awareness to and eradicate premature birth in our community.
In June 2011, Tau Delta Zeta was recognized as one of the top five organizations in Prince George’s County, Maryland supporting the March of Dimes. What a great example of how an organization supports one of its national partners.
Prematurity Awareness Sunday
In response to the significant rise of premature births, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and the March of Dimes held national events aimed at increasing community awareness during the month of November. Sorority members conducted Prematurity Awareness Sunday activities in houses of worship across the nation. Through this faith-based initiative, Zeta Phi Beta has reached more than 150,000 parishioners. The sorority’s efforts were a prelude to the March of Dimes’ National Prematurity Awareness Day observance, which is also held each year in November. During this time, March of Dimes staff, volunteers, and Zeta members make a concerted effort to shed light on this public health problem. In collaboration with the March of Dimes, Tau Delta Zeta shared information on prematurity with the congregations of Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church, Community Baptist Church, Casa Del Alfarero, and St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church.