Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority provides service to the community through its national programs. Epsilon Lambda Sigma hosts several national programs including: March for Babies in partnership with March of Dimes, Project CRADLE Care, Operation Big Book Bag, Swim 1922, Youth Symposium as well as several local programs such as: Annual Thanksgiving Community Service Projects and Toy Drive.
March for Babies
Sigma Gamma Rho is a national March for Babies team, in support of our partner, the March of Dimes. We help babies by raising funds which can be used to sponsor research, medical services and support to families with premature births. Epsilon Lambda Sigma and affiliates participate in March For Babies walks which are scheduled in the spring of the year.
Our chapter donates $1,922 annually to the March of Dimes to financially support families with education, services and exciting new research into new treatments to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant loss.
Operation Big Book Bag
Operation Big Book Bag is a national initiative of the Sorority that provides needed school supplies to children. Members of ELS make available, to selected facilities in Cincinnati, book bags, notebooks, writing and drawing paper, pencils and pens, dictionaries, and many other needed school items. On Friday, August 25th, Epsilon Lambda Sigma Chapter partnered with the Cincinnati African American Firefighters Association (CAFA) for Operation Big Book Bag, benefiting the students at King Academy Community School. The effort provided a book bag, requested school supplies and/or uniforms to each of the over 150 students at King Academy along with supplies for classrooms.
Project CRADLE Care
Project CRADLE Care is a prenatal education and resource program. It seeks to improve pregnancy outcomes in high-risk communities by increasing the number of women of childbearing age who receive adequate prenatal education and prenatal care. The program provides a wealth of information, resources, and tools for ensuring healthy births and babies. It is done in conjunction with our national partner, the March of Dimes.
Great turnout for Swim 1922 on March 9, 2019. Nearly 50 youth participated in the event. Swim 1922 is the partnership between USA Swimming and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. created to increase participation in the sport and minimize drowning rates within the African-American community by engaging local communities with swimming programming.
Epsilon Lambda Sigma hosts the Youth Symposium annually in March. The theme for March 9, 2019 - "TOOLS OF EMPOWERMENT". This event highlighted some of the prevalent concerns that negatively impact our youth: drugs, teen violence, bullying, low self-esteem, suicide as well as police interaction, etc. Financial literacy and STEM components were also included this year, The goal is to demonstrate that when we work together, we create a strong “community village” positioned to support our young people.
Annual Thanksgiving Community Service Project
Epsilon Lambda Sigma Chapter and the Cincinnati African American Firefighters Association (CAFA) partner for the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway. This effort provides families in the community who receive bags of food, which include a turkey and makings for side dishes. Unfortunately, many families are struggling to put food on the table. Recognizing the need, Epsilon Lambda Sigma and CAFA worked together to provide meals to these families.
Annual Toy Drive
Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc., Epsilon Lambda Sigma Chapter and the Cincinnati African American Firefighters Association (CAFA) partnered again to share the joy of the holiday season for the 2019 Annual Holiday Toy Drive. This drive benefits the pre-K through 8th grade students at The Dream Academy School. Volunteers spent time selecting and wrapping toys. These along with gift cards and winter accessories were delivered to the students at The Dream Academy.