S E R V I C E
Hey there! I’m Abbey Edmonson, and I’m from Tupelo, MS. As this year’s VP Foundation for Delta Gamma, Alpha Psi, I have the honor of raising money and awareness for our philanthropy, Service for Sight, through various activities with our chapter, volunteer opportunities, and fundraisers like Anchor Slam and Milk and Cookies. Service for Sight is an organization that aids the visually-impaired and blind. We as a chapter have logged countless volunteer hours in the Oxford-Lafayette community. My favorite part about this position is having the opportunity to form connections not only between Delta Gamma and the rest of the greek community, but also between Delta Gamma and the Oxford community. One special project we’ve started to build up this semester is a “service swap.” In a service swap, we partner up with 2 or 3 other greek organizations, and 3 or 4 other service organizations within the entire community. All of us work together to complete various service projects around the university and the city. It’s a great way to meet new friends and do some good! Our girls show commitment at the highest level, and are involved in organizations like Leap Frog, More Than A Meal, Memory Makers, and Safe Ride. Delta Gamma partners directly with the Veterans Home, the Blake, Hermitage Gardens, the Humane Society, and Doors of Hope. That’s a lot of names, but the list only goes on from there! The amount of dedication and passion for service that is fostered within our sisterhood never ceases to amaze me. We are fortunate to be able to make an impact locally and nationally from our campus in Oxford, MS, while leaving a legacy of service and community at Alpha Psi. Thank you for taking time to read this; I hope you have a great day!
A B O U T O U R P H I L A N T H R O P Y
“S E R V I C E F O R S I G H T”
Service For Sight holds a unique place as a philanthropy. Formed specifically for Delta Gamma by Delta Gammas, Service For Sight encompasses multiple branches of philanthropy work, including Joining Forces for our veterans, the Golden Anchor Program for nursing homes, and four schools for the blind located across the country. In Madison, MS, Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center raises and trains guide dogs free of charge for visually impaired all over the country. Recently, our sponsored guide dog Delta was sent to a home in Olympia, WA to live with a war veteran.
Our fundraising events are attended by the girls in our chapter, and tons of people in the community. At our annual spring kickball tournament, Kick It With DG, invites teams from across campus and Greek organizations to enter for the chance to win prestige and a free meal from DG! In addition to the tournament, our girls raise money by selling raffle tickets for a chance to win cash prizes. This year, we raised over $55,000 for Service For Sight and Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center! In the fall, we’re excited to host Milk and Cookies in our beautiful house. Tickets are sold across campus and the Oxford community, and guests are given freshly baked cookies and milk when they walk in the door.
Delta Gamma has funded genetic research, low vision adaptive devices, tapes, Braille books and hundreds of life-enhancing programs. Delta Gamma has also sponsored city service centers for the visually impaired and schools for the blind. Delta Gamma members give more than 150,000 volunteer hours to
Service for Sight each year, and in 2013, donated over $500,000 to leadership and educational programs.