THE ADVOCACY CENTER
The Beta class organized an online bingo board fundraiser for the Advocacy Center, a local organization in Ithaca that supports victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Tompkins County. With the entire chapter participating, we were able to raise over $600 for our cause. Find out more about the Advocacy Center here.
GLAMOUR GALS FOUNDATION
Due to our continued online status, our Alpha class participated in a fundraiser organized by the GlamourGals Foundation. As a part of their #MyDearFriend campaign, each sister wrote ten letters that were sent to isolated seniors across the country. Given the isolation many senior citizens experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this campaign allowed our sisters to help out from their homes. To learn more about the GlamourGals Foundation and the #MyDearFriend campaign, click here. Pictured are letters one of our sisters, Aprile Bertomo, wrote.
The Equal Justice Initiative and Cornell Students 4 Black Lives
As a diverse, pre-health sisterhood, we value equality, equity, and inclusivity. Our very organization is founded in the belief of the importance of a strong, united community. In light of the events in May of 2020 regarding George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and the Black Lives Matter movement, we held a second fundraiser for the Equal Justice Initiative in conjunction with Cornell Students 4 Black Lives. We chose the Equal Justice Initiative, inspired by their commitment to ending mass incarceration and racial injustices in the United States. You can find more information about their organization here. The image to the right was created by Cornell Students 4 Black Lives and provides information about their organization.
FoodNet, FORAI, and West Hills Animal Hospital
As a pre-health organization, it is our mission to help others in any way we can. In the Spring 2020 semester, due to our online status, we organized an online fundraiser. We partnered with FORAI (Friends of Refugees and Immigrants) to produce handmade face masks. For every purchase, one face mask was donated to West Hills Animal Hospital in Long Island, New York, and 100% of the profits from the fundraiser were donated to FoodNet in Tompkins County, NY.
FORAI is a St. Louis, Missouri-based non-profit that teaches refugee and immigrant women in the St. Louis area marketable skills such as sewing and jewelry-making. FORAI provides community as well as opportunities to build English-skills. To learn more about their organization, click here.
FoodNet provides food and nutritional services to those in need in the Tompkins County area. Typically, Food Net provides 700 meals daily to 400 adults locally. However, since COVID-19 hit, FoodNet has provided an additional 1000 meals each week.
To the left are pictures of a one of our sisters, Catherine Andreadis, and an employee of the animal hospital and a sample mask.