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 working to aid 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 2016 Anchor Bowl, Delta Gamma raised $45,000! T-Shirt sales, fraternity participation, corporate partnership, and parent contributions made up most of the profits this year. Anchor Bowl 2017 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 working to aid the visually impaired.
The women at Alpha Nu have been a model of the fraternity’s goals to aid the blind through both their physical and fiscal efforts. Specifically the women of our chapter contribute by donating our time to assist at the Los Angeles Blind Children’s Center, making Braille Touch and Feel books, and other classroom aids for the Center, and additionally by hosting 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 with much success raised hundreds of dollars for the Blind Children’s Center. The idea started small - have our sisters make and sell home-baked goods in front of the DG house on a Thursday night when lots of students were out and about. It has now become a tradition that the women of Alpha Nu, and other students, greatly look forward to each semester.
Golden Anchor Program
The Golden Anchor Program is a new program recently introduced by Delta Gamma Foundation. The purpose of the program is to bring joy to Delta Gamma senior citizens and other elderly persons by visiting them at assisted living homes across the nation. Alpha Nu has partnered up with The Kensington Episcopal Home in Alhambra, CA, where 8 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 gave our members a chance to establish friendships with other Greek chapters but also enabled 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.