Throughout this semester, the Eta Omega chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta has done a wide variety of service projects. Individual sisters in the chapter have done their fair share of volunteering, but we have also volunteered at sites together as a group.
Wednesday, October 19, was Theta’s Day of Service. To help out our local community we hosted a Toiletries and Feminine Care Products Drive. During chapter that night, we collected various toiletries from our sisters and donated them to Local Women’s Shelters. It was a great way to get involved and help out our community and express our solidarity with local women on Theta’s Day of Service.
On Saturday, October 22, most of our sisters volunteered at Saint Louis University’s Make A Difference Day together as a group. We drove out to South St. Louis and helped out Gateway Garlic Urban Farm. This is a really cool organization that maintains organic farms in the St. Louis Urban area and donates all of its produce to local food banks. We, along with Kappa Delta sorority and Beta Theta Pi fraternity, helped them gather mulch for their farms and helped maintain a few of their many South St. Louis farms. It was a wonderful way to bond with our sisters and others involved in Greek Life at SLU through service!
Many sisters of Eta Omega spend time volunteering outside of what our chapter offers them. We have many sisters that are also involved in SLU’s service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, as well. Close to 20 sisters spend many hours throughout each semester doing service for APO.
There are also sisters like Sarah Stiff and Kayla Simon that spend time at continuous service sites weekly. Sarah Stiff, a senior here at SLU, volunteers with Mission St. Louis’ Beyond School Program at St. Louis College Prep. She volunteers every Thursday from 4 to 6 with the after school program. The program offers support and resources to the St. Louis students in the school who may be falling behind in school, aren’t meeting their grade level requirements, want a place to work on homework, need a positive influence, or needs someone to help them succeed. Sarah loves the program and has been volunteering with Beyond School for 3 years now, “I have made genuine relationships with the students I’ve worked with and they give added meaning to my life. I look forward to going to volunteer every week and to seeing my students. They brighten my day as much as I can brighten theirs. Seeing their success and improvement is awesome but I enjoy doing service because of how incredible and hardworking the students are,” says Sarah.
Junior Kayla Simon is a volunteer in the Clinical Services Department at Ranken Jordan and on average spends about 4 hours a week there. Kayla works with the kids that are receiving medical care. Depending on their age, from infants to teenagers, and their gender, Kayla will play games with them, watch TV with them, do arts and crafts with them, read to them, or just hang out with them. Playing and interacting with volunteers is part of their treatment and Kayla finds is very cool being a part of their care team and watching them develop, grow, and heal. However, Kayla also does a lot of harder work. She helps out with all of Ranken Jordan’s deliveries each week as they receive a ton of supplies to support the children. She also works fundraising events that they host and does a lot of odd and end jobs to keep things running smoothly. Kayla says that what she enjoys most about volunteering is the kids, “These kids have been through a lot and work their butts off every day to get better and complete their therapy. It really puts things into perspective and how fortunate and blessed I am and how easy it is to help others.”
The are also many other sisters that spend their free time helping out their local community. This week, the Eta Omega chapter is doing a Gift Drive for the upcoming holiday season. We will be working with Voices for Children, our local philanthropy and a chapter of National CASA, to donate toys, gift cards and other needs to children and teens in foster care. The sisters of Eta Omega love to volunteer to help better their community.
November 9, 2013, marks a special day for the sisters of Eta Omega. Three years ago today, Kappa Alpha Theta colonized at Saint Louis University. The charter members started something truly amazing and are a part of something that is much bigger than themselves. Lizzy Miotti, a senior at SLU and an Eta Omega charter member, shares her story of starting the chapter and watching it develop over the years:
“What if I don’t fit in? What if this isn’t for me?” I asked my mom on the day before Eta Omega’s Founding Bid Day. My mom replied, “Lizzy, but what if you do? What if this experience turns out to be best part of college?” And so, with a little push from my mom, I took a leap of faith - and I never looked back.On November 9 2013, I signed the charter for Eta Omega, and fully entered into a sisterhood that forever changed my life. It turns out that moms are sometimes right, and a little faith and had work can give you the most rewarding experiences.
As Eta Omega celebrates its third birthday, I cannot help but feel pride for all the ways this chapter has grown. We started as a chapter of “strangers” - a bunch of women who were in one room because the idea of being apart of something new and being an agent for change was appealing. We have turned into a sisterhood, a network of more than 200 women who share common ideals and who support one another. We built the foundation for friendship and leadership that I hope continues to grow and evolve each year.
Our growth did not stop there, however. The women who have pledged themselves to Kappa Alpha Theta at Saint Louis University have grown in their dedication not only to the University but also to the fraternity ideals as a whole. I am amazed at the inspiring women that fill this chapter as they act as agents for change within the community. I am proud to be surrounded by women who take a stand for what they believe in. This dedication to the University and the living out of the ideals of the fraternity is something that truly fills me with pride.
As senior thinking about the birthday of Kappa Alpha Theta at Saint Louis University, I think of the younger members and the type of legacy that they will continue to build upon. I see the dedication of the juniors running for leadership positions within the chapter. I see the love of a sophomore who wants nothing more than to continue to build their skill set and friendships within the chapter. And I see the excitement of a freshman, who has the next four years to be a part of something truly special. I look at these women and cannot help but be filled with pride for their dedication to one another and to the chapter. Seniors, don’t worry I haven’t forgotten you. What a crazy few years it has been. Through all the highs and lows, I feel lucky to have gotten to know each one of these women. We have grown from girls into women. From freshman not knowing where life would take us, to women with a purpose and dedication. Thank you to Theta for allowing this growth.
Happy Birthday Eta Omega, may you continue to flourish and grow. I could not be more proud to be a member of this chapter and I hope that this organization continues to change the lives of each women involved.
Throughout the past 3 years at SLU, the Eta Omega chapter has accomplished great things. Last year, we raised over $6,000 for Voices for Children through our philanthropy week and our annual fundraising event, Cakes for CASA. Each semester, members complete around 2,000 hours of service. Last year, we were crowned Greek Week Champions, raised over $800 and donated over 1000 cans along side Tau Kappa Epsilon and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternities. Additionally, we were nominated for Outstanding Student Organization at the Saint Louis University’s Leadership and Service Awards and achieved Bronze Kite status within Kappa Alpha Theta. However, it is not only achievements that make us who we are as an organization - it is our friendship and sisterhood. Happy Birthday Eta Omega! Here’s to many more years.
This past weekend, the sisters of Eta Omega enjoyed a fun and relaxing Fall retreat to Camp Wyman in Wildwood, MO. We headed out in the afternoon on Saturday.
We spent the most of the day playing different rounds of games with our retreat groups. After all 10 rounds of games, we changed and headed up the hill for a fall photoshoot (even though it was almost 80 degrees outside!). After our photoshoot, we went inside the dining hall to have a delicious taco dinner.
After dinner, each retreat group got up in front of all their sisters and performed hilarious and embarrassing skits that were prepared throughout the day. After enjoying the entertaining skits, the sisters of Eta Omega spent some time reflecting, sharing with our sisters, and writing notes of affirmation to put in each other’s brag bags for them to read later. We ended the night with roasting marshmallows, eating s’mores, and sitting around the campfire.
Early Sunday morning, after breakfast, each person was given a superlative to take home with them. Once we were all packed up and after we sang and danced around the dining hall for a little bit, it was time to say goodbye to Camp Wyman and climb on the bus to head back to SLU. This retreat built strong bonds, brought us closer together as a chapter, and created memories that will last a lifetime.
We are the Eta Omega chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta at Saint Louis University. We were established on November 9th, 2013. We have over 180 wonderful sisters that are alike in many ways but all with unique interests. Our blog will highlight many of these.