Vision...one of our most precious senses. Unexplainable to those without it; irreplaceable to those who have it. Protecting the gift of sight is one of Delta Gamma's highest priorities. Since 1936, Delta Gamma's philanthropic purpose has been to stop blindness before it starts. For men and women for whom blindness is a fact, the mission has been to impact the quality of their lives in a myriad of positive ways.
Through Delta Gamma schools begun more than 55 years ago, children who are blind or visually impaired learn specialized skills. Adults receive personal attention through volunteer hours with 150 organizations, which share our mission. Grants to organizations sharing our mission recently exceeded a grand total of $3,300,000 through the Foundation (click on Grant Recipients for a listing). We have funded genetic research, low-vision adaptive devices, tapes, Braille books and hundreds of life-enhancing programs. Our members have helped men and women in hundreds of ways to obtain independent living skills, increased communications and mobility skills.
Delta Gammas give more than 150,000 Service for Sight volunteer hours each year, one volunteer at a time, each leaving her mark on the world. Download the following Adobe Acrobat file (pdf) listing this year's Top Ten Foundation Service Hours Award Winners. Click here now.
Ruth Billow, Eta-Akron member, who was blinded in a childhood accident, made an impassioned plea to Convention in 1936. She asked that Delta Gamma make a difference in the lives of those with limited or no sight. Her wish was also to help society appreciate the talents of those who are visually impaired. Ruth would be overwhelmed by the accomplishments of the members of her Fraternity.
Collegians embrace our mission and lend their energy and enthusiasm to the cause. As we enter the biennium, more than 100 Delta Gamma collegiate chapters host Anchor Splash® to raise awareness and funds for the Foundation. This competitive swim meet for sororities, fraternities and campus organizations include events ranging from the serious to the zany. Collegians compete in synchronized swimming, relay races and individual competition.
Collegians and alumnae participate in service and fund-raising projects in hundreds of ways. They work with individuals who are blind and organizations, which serve them. Together our members host Beautiful Eyes® contests, duck races, house and garden tours, flower sales, gift-wrap sales, and Christmas tree sales. They collect Campbell's labels to be exchanged for equipment for our Delta Gamma schools and General Mills Box Tops for state schools for the blind to be redeemed for needed equipment. The list of activities is long; our pride is great.
revisions by MA, November 2013