The S.E.M (Sandre E. Mitchell) Scholarship was created in 2017 in efforts to provide tuition money to college bound youth in Baltimore County. Our charter president, Sandre E. Mitchell is a retired educator and assistant principal. Her passion is to be able to help students achieve their academic goals. ZOS is carrying out this goal by providing students in grades 8th-12th an opportunity to apply for a scholarship through an essay contest. ZOS awards up to $1,500 each year in scholarships.
St. Jude was the first pediatric cancer research institution to place doctors, scientists and patients “all under one roof”, creating a worldwide model for research and treatment of childhood cancers and other life threatening diseases. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than fifty years ago. Since 1992, Sigma Gamma Rho has partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to support its lifesaving mission of finding cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. In partnering with St. Jude, Sigma Gamma Rho is able to assist in providing support so that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join ZOS every September for our annual St. Jude walk & fundraiser.
ZOS is passionate about providing meals and toiletries to identified homeless shelters throughout Baltimore County. Every year we do community service in the form of food drives or volunteering at numerous homeless shelters such as Night of Family Peace, Innterim Housing Shelter and My Sisters Place. ZOS also participates in the Bea Gaddy Thanksgiving food preparation each year, that delivers thousands of meals to residents in the metro Baltimore area.
In Spring 2020, Zeta Omega Sigma Chapter adopted a road in Baltimore County (Old Court Road). On this road, we provide a monthly community service of cleaning up the road and surrounding areas to help keep the community visually appealing.
Premature birth is the #1 killer of Babies. While the average medical cost for a healthy baby is $4,389; it soars to $54,194 for a premature baby. March of Dimes is deeply concerned about the impact that racial and ethnic disparities have in terms of low birth weight and infant mortality of babies born in the United States. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority has maintained our longstanding partnership with March of Dimes by helping to improve the health of mothers and their babies through programs that increase access to prenatal care and connection to services aimed to educate and reduce poor birth outcomes. ZOS helps babies, by raising funds through Walk for Babies, March of Dimes annual fundraising drive, and by supporting the Prematurity Campaign, which addresses the crisis of prematurity globally.
A3 For Life is a program that provides educational seminars and workshops on HIV/AIDS, and its affects among our community members. We host this annual program in December and is a free event for the public to attend. We also provide give aways, free HIV testing and additional resources to our participants.