Community service is one of Rho Psi Eta's founding principles. As future healthcare workers, it is important for us to give back to the communities we are involved in, even in times of confusion and hardship. Each semester, Rho Psi Eta holds a fundraising event organized by its newest member class and community service projects.
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.
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.
Equal Justice Initiative
w/ Students 4 Black Lives
As a diverse, pre-health sisterhood, we value equality, equity, and inclusivity. Our very organization is founded on the belief in 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.
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.
Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard
This semester, we organized two service events. For one of our events, our sisters collected non-perishable food items for the Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard, a local food pantry that has been serving the Ithaca community for over 50 years. Thank you to all who donated and aided in the success of the food drive! Find out more about the Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard organization here.
Willow's Wings is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal sanctuary in upstate New York. The sanctuary homes a number of animals from dogs and cats to horses and peacocks, some of whom are adoptable and some of whom are permanent residents. Willow Sullivan runs the sanctuary along with Tim Davis and volunteers. Find out more about Willow's Wings here. For our other service event, our sisters cut up t-shirts and made dog and cat toys for the numerous members of her dog crew and cat colony.
Collectively, Rho Psi Eta has completed over 870 miles, raising money for Feeding America, Muscular Dystrophy Association, ASPCA, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and more.
In the Spring 2020 semester, sisters either contributed to citizen science projects via Zooniverse. Sisters completed 12 hours on Zooniverse, working on over 330 catalogs.