Starkey Hearing Foundation
Spreading the DZ love
Delta Zeta's philanthropy initiative is to assist those with speech and hearing needs.
Nationally, Delta Zeta supports the Starkey Hearing Foundation and the Painted Turtle Camp. The Starkey Hearing Foundation focuses on various aspects of hearing care, including awareness, education, protection, and treatment, all so that the world may hear. The Painted Turtle Camp is a camp for children who are faced with life-threatening and chronic illnesses, who typically do not have the opportunity to experience summer camp due to their illness.
Additionally, since 1954, Delta Zeta Sorority has shared a partnership with Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., the world’s only university in which all programs are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students. Delta Zeta scholarships are awarded annually to Gallaudet University students.
On a local level our chapter supports the Meyer Center located in Greenville. The Meyer Center provides quality early childhood education and therapy services for children with disabilities due to Dr. Meyer's belief that intensive education and therapy, provided at the earliest possible age, gives each child with a disability the best chance to succeed.
This past spring we hosted our 12th annual Charity Clay Classic, a two-day shotgun and rifle competition featuring food, a raffle, corn-hole tournament, and more. With over 60 teams competing, our chapter raised over $29,000 for our philanthropy partners!
Our chapter also works to play an active role at the Meyer Center. Each fall our members will volunteer to help out with special events such as Trunk-or-Treat, a trick-or-treating event hosted at the Center around Halloween, and beginning this fall we have organized weekly field trips each Friday to volunteer in Greenville.
I am proud to say that our members exhibit a true philanthropic spirit. Beyond supporting our philanthropy partners, the members of Delta Zeta Pi Epsilon devote their time and talent to the community as seen through the logging of over 11,000 service hours in the past school year. I am honored to be part of a sorority that has such commitment and passion towards the service of others.
- Kati Kropilak, Vice President of Philanthropy