We participate annually in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in the Fall. We walk in honor and memory of all women who have fought the battle against breast cancer, but especially for our affected sisters. The five mile walk around the Charles River is always a fun time for the sisters and the alumni! It is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about steps we can take to reduce our risk of getting breast cancer, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society.
In 2015, the sisters of Sigma Pi Theta began #BeyondtheStigma, an on-campus campaign aimed at ending the negative stigma surrounding mental illness. Sigma partnered with United Way and Hartford Children's Hospital to display these posters in their institutions.
Project Have Hope is a non-profit organization that seeks to empower women in the Acholi Quarter of Uganda by providing education to both the women and their children and assisting the women to establish business opportunities to promote economic stability and sustainability. Project Have Hope works with a group of 100 women and helps them transform their lives and the lives of their families. Through the sale of their beautiful, handmade paper bead jewelry, the women can feed their families, send their children to school, and look forward to a richer future. This event is always a favorite among the sisters and makes for great holiday gifts when we sell them at the end of first semester!
Relay for Life is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk. Members of each team takes turns walking the track and participating in fun events for this great cause. Each year, Sigma raises hundreds of dollars to fight cancer and make a difference in people's lives. Just as the logo states, Sigma hopes to "celebrate, remember, and fight back" against this deadly disease.
As sisters, we love giving back to both the Emerson, and local Boston communities, and love finding fun and successful ways to do so. We have annual philanthropic efforts, such as the Making Strides For Breast Cancer walk every fall. But we are always looking to do even more every semester.