The Delta Gamma Foundation
In 1936, Eta chapter member, Ruth Billow, made a plea to Delta Gamma's convention body to adopt Service for Sight and Aid to the Blind as the Fraternity's National Philanthropy. Since then, Delta Gammas all over the world have been aiding the visually impaired.
Anchor Bowl is our twist of Delta Gamma's traditional Anchor Splash. It is one of the Alpha Nu chapter’s greatest fundraisers to raise awareness about visual impairments, while also raising funds for the Delta Gamma Foundation, Service for Sight, and the Blind Children's Center. Each fraternity is assigned a team and pariticpates in several rounds of football. The fraternities also perform the always-popular half-time routine. In the 2017 Anchor Bowl, Delta Gamma raised $45,660! T-Shirt sales, fraternity participation, corporate partnership, and parent contributions made up most of the profits this year. Anchor Bowl 2018 promises to be equally exciting and successful!
Service For Sight
In 1936 Eta chapter member Ruth Billow made a plea to Delta Gamma’s Convention body to adopt Sight Conservation and Aid to the Blind as the fraternity’s national philanthropy. Since then Delta Gammas all over the United States and Canada have been aiding the visually impaired.
The women at Alpha Nu have been models of the fraternity’s goals to support the blind through both physical and fiscal efforts. Specifically, the women of our chapter donate their time to assist the Los Angeles Blind Children's Center. As the center, we make Braille Touch and Feel books, act as classroom aids, and host events to raise money for the organization.
We are also involved with the Junior Blind Foundation, volunteering at their annual Halloween Carnival and doing other activities including Valentine’s Day arts and crafts projects with students at their facility. The Alpha Nu chapter is also involved with Guide Dogs of America by sponsoring a puppy each year.
Alpha Nu also participates in the nationwide collection of eyeglasses for the needy. This past year, we donated over 100 pairs of new and used eyeglasses to “New Eyes for the Needy," where they will be recycled and put to better use. The Campbell’s Label for Education™ program is another successful Foundation service project in which USC DG’s participate. With our contributions, Delta Gammas collected 72,468 labels last year.
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Dessert With DG
"Dessert with DG” is a fundraising event that Alpha Nu started back in 2004 and has been successful ever since. The idea started small - our sisters made and sold home-baked goods in front of the DG house on a Thursday night when lots of students were out and about. Now, the tradition has inspired the women of Alpha Nu to sell baked goods all over 28th street and on campus to raise money for our incredible cause while also providing our fellow students with a sugar break during their studying. Every Trojan greatly looks forward to this day!
Golden Anchor Program
The Golden Anchor Program is a new addition to the Alpha Nu chapter that was introduced by the Delta Gamma Foundation. The purpose of the program is to bring joy to Delta Gamma senior citizens and other elderly people by visiting them at assisted living homes across the nation. Alpha Nu has partnered with The Kensington Episcopal Home in Alhambra, CA, where eight Delta Gamma alumni reside. We host a variety of activities for the residents on a monthly basis, including cooking, reading, playing board games, and doing arts and crafts projects.
Other Service Endeavors
Although Delta Gamma’s national philanthropy is Service for Sight, Alpha Nu’s volunteer efforts extend to various organizations in and around Los Angeles. In past years, we paired up with Pi Kappa Alpha and Lambda Chi Alpha, two USC fraternities, to work for their respective causes. These opportunities not only give our members a chance to establish friendships with other Greek chapters, but also enable us to forge relationships with children in our community.
We have also worked hard to become involved in our surrounding L.A. community, participating in events like Race for the Cure, Special Olympics, and USC Friends and Neighbors Service Days.