Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority’s
GREATER SERVICE, GREATER PROGRESS
Sigma Gamma Rho is fully committed to assisting those in need and working towards betterment of communities around the globe. In addition to focusing on five essential national programs, the sorority works in partnership with national support organizations including the NAACP, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, St. Jude Children's Hospital, March of Dimes, the National Urban League, the United Negro College Fund, and many others.
Operation Big Bookbag was established in 1996 by the late Dr. LaRona J. Morris, the 18th International Grand Basileus of Sigma Gamma Rho. It was established in partnership with the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order, Nobles Mystic Shrine, Inc. (Shriners). The program has recently expanded to focus on exposing students to STEM curriculum and careers, tutoring support and mentoring programs. Programs are held by chapters all year long with back to school supply give-aways held every August and January.
The Women’s Wellness Initiative is a consolidated effort allowing chapters to focus on health issues impacting women, and specifically women of color. The Women’s Wellness Initiative was developed after the sorority’s participation in the United Nations/March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness panel in New York. Efforts under this Initiative include, but are not limited to, Breast Cancer Awareness, Intimate and Domestic Violence, Heart Health, Diabetes Health and Mental Health.
In 2012, Sigma Gamma Rho partnered with USA Swimming to form Swim 1922 and address this disparity by having Olympians like Maritza McClendon and Cullen Jones, as well as members of the sorority, teach the community about water safety and how to swim. By partnering with USA Swimming, Sigma Gamma Rho has touched close to 20,000 lives, helping to inspire and educate the next generation of swimmers.
Through Project Cradle Care, Sigma Gamma Rho and the March of Dimes join forces with medical professionals and community-based organizations to educate and raise awareness in high-risk communities about prematurity prevention by hosting informational baby showers, health symposiums and health fairs. Participants receive information on prenatal and postnatal care, birth defects, SIDS, newborn care and more.
The Sigma Gamma Rho Youth Symposium is designed to highlight some of the challenges that negatively impact our youth while also preparing them for the future through professional and educational training.
Created by Dr. LaRona J. Morris, Past Grand Basileus (National President) of the sorority, this nationwide, one-day symposium seeks to empower youth in our communities through hands-on, interactive leadership activities centered on an annual theme.
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