WHAT WE DO!
Z-HOPE (Zetas Helping Other People Excel) is an interactive, holistic and multidimensional outreach service initiative designed to enhance, cultivate and empower participants to develop health promoting lifestyle choices. Z-HOPE is one of the newest initiatives introduced by the Sorority and has been implemented by the Nu Xi Zeta chapter with great enthusiasm. Chapter Z-HOPE activities include:
Elder Care Initiative
The Chapter strives to provide education and awareness surrounding elder care and how to prepare for your senior years. The chapter has implemented a comprehensive program that also focuses on elder abuse awareness, financial peace, supporting the caregiver and volunteering at senior care facilities. In 2014, the Chapter partnered with Senior Services of Alexandria Meals on Wheels Program to deliver hot and cold meals to the City of Alexandria’s Aging Community. In May 2014, the Chapter hosted a Caregiver’s Workshop where local experts shared practical information about options for long-term care insurance, in-home caregiver support, residential facilities, financial realities, palliative care and hospice services.
The Chapter has provided retirement planning, homebuying and basic financial advice through our Women’s Empowerment Series and various other workshops.
Read Across America
The Chapter hosts an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. The event is a great way to bring together community leaders to read to children. The program has grown to over 75 children and their parents who participated in group readings led by community and political leaders, and participated in educational games and activities.
March of Dimes
For nearly 40 years, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority has enjoyed a partnership with the March of Dimes in aneffort toencourage women to seek prenatal care within the first trimester of pregnancy, thereby increasing the prevention of birth defects and infant mortality. Nu Xi Zeta implements three core service activities in support of the Sorority’s partnership with March of Dimes:
- March for Babies – The Chapter annually participates in WalkAmerica, raising funds to educate and hopefully find a cure for premature birth. Premature birth is the #1 cause of newborn death. It has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., endangering the lives of more than half a million babies.
- Storks Nest – The chapter regularly supports the area Stork’s Nest on Sacramento Drive in Alexandria. The Stork’s Nest provides baby supplies and clothes to low income mothers who regularly participate in prenatal care and education programs.
- Prematurity Sunday -The Chapter partners with area churches to educate the faith community about prematurity. In July 2008, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) found that babies who died of preterm-related causes accounted for 36.5 percent of infant deaths in 2005, up from 34.6 percent in 2000. Approximately 100,000 African American newborns in the U.S. are affected each year by this common, costly and serious problem