Our Commitment to Philanthropy
At the University of Washington, philanthropic events aren't just a way to get involved or have fun; they serve as a reminder of just how supportive and giving our Greek Community truly is. Philanthropy is a way for us to show love and support for each others' chapters, as well as the organizations we give to.
The Starkey Hearing Foundation promotes awareness, education, protection, and treatment of hearing loss. They also send volunteers on hundreds of hearing mission trips all over the world to provide hearing aids to people that cannot afford them. Delta Zeta has pledged Five Million in Five Years to Starkey because we believe deeply in their motto, "so the world may hear."
The Painted Turtle Camp provides day and summer camps for children and their families affected by serious illnesses. Their mission seeks "to inspire children with life-threatening diseases to become their greater selves." The Painted Turtle Camp has served as an all-expenses-paid sanctuary year-round for children, allowing them to just be kids.
Gallaudet University is the only university in the nation in which all programs are designed to accommodate deaf and hard-of-hearing students. In 1995, the Delta Zeta Dance Studio was installed on campus which includes a vibrating dance floor allowing the hearing impaired to feel the music!
The Delta Zeta Foundation provides academic and need-based scholarships, funding leadership opportunities and personal growth programs.
The UW Speech and Hearing Clinic is the Kappa Chapter's local philanthropy. We support their Excellence Fund, which provides unrestricted support for the department. Their mission is "to be a center of excellence in education, research, and clinical practice within the community serving speech, language, and hearing needs."
A Message from our VP Philanthropy
The Delta Zeta Creed reads, "To those whom my life may touch in slight measure, may I give graciously of what is mine", and the sisters of Kappa Chapter show commitment and dedication towards upholding this promise. Philanthropy is a top priority of Delta Zeta. Our sisters volunteer for a minimum of 36 hours and raise at least $75 per year. Many of our sisters are able to find unique volunteering opportunities within the city of Seattle, many of which can even help further their journey towards their career path. Not only does volunteering help our members gain experience, but it also shows us the importance of giving back to the community and reminds us of how lucky we are to live in our beautiful home and attend such a wonderful school. On campus, we hold a variety of events to raise money for our philanthropies. We host an annual silent auction and dinner for alumnae, friends, and family of Delta Zeta, and in the past, this event has raised over $12,000 for our charities! Our chapter also hosts a week-long flag football tournament known as DZ Duke Out. This tournament is quite popular among fraternity gentlemen, and is a great opportunity for our women to coach and bond with their teams while working for a good cause. Our chapter also holds a few smaller events throughout the year in order to further support our philanthropies. The goal of the Kappa Chapter is to give the gift of hearing to those who do not have the resources needed to receive help. The ability to hear is something we are reminded to be grateful for every day, and we hope to touch the lives of others with the gift of hearing as much as we can.
The women in our chapter continuously show support for causes they are passionate about through service trips, weekly volunteering and so much more!
We are so proud of the dedication our sisters show to their community!
Freshman Maddy Wiesenhahn has been volunteering at the Greater Boston Food Bank to make emergency care packages for food insecure families during the
COVID-19 pandemic! Through her volunteer work, she is able to help those who need extra support during these trying times. We love your dedication to service Maddy!
A sophomore currently serving as a recruitment counselor volunteers at a behavioral therapy camp for kids with autism through the UW Center for Autism Research. She loves her work because she can see the progress the kids are making and how thankful the parents are. Keep up the amazing work!
Sophomore Misato Sandoval volunteers at Northwest Hospital in Northgate, Seattle. She was responsible for many tasks like discharging patients and running bloodwork. Her favorite part about her work was being able to deliver flowers and gifts to patients, as they would light up every time without fail. We are so proud of you Misato!