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.