Linda Carr, International President, began the annual International Service Project to be held during the yearly convention. In Long Beach, California at the annual convention members supported Soles4Souls, a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing the world, one pair of shoes at a time.”
Members attending convention brought gently used and new shoes to support Soles4Souls. Nearly 400 pairs of shoes were collected, and then delivered to Soles4Souls. The shoes collected were distributed in the United States and other countries. By supporting this charity we helped people less fortunate than ourselves who have been ravaged by disasters, poverty, or some other unforeseen problem.
In June, 2014, Sigma Phi Gamma International Sorority, Inc. welcomed nearly 400 women to Indianapolis, Indiana for the annual convention. Renewing friendships and gaining new ones while taking care of the yearly business and giving back collectively.
The Service Project, “Sock it to ‘Em,” was a great success. Members brought socks and/or gift cards to the benefit of children and families in need in the Indianapolis area. “Sock it to ‘Em” brought in a total of 1,631 pairs of socks and $2,130.00 in gift cards and cash. Lots of warm dry feet this winter!
In 2016, we have chosen Faith Mission as our International Sponsorship. Faith Mission started on February 6, 1966, in response to the City Mission closing its doors. Today, Faith Mission is a 24-hour emergency shelter, serving up to 199 men and 38 women at two locations. Faith Mission is the only organization in Franklin County, OH able to serve three meals a day, every day of the year for those in need.
Each person who experiences homelessness has his or her own story, experiences and reasons for being in their current situation. However, the most common are loss of job, lack of a livable wage, drug and/or alcohol abuse, mental illness and domestic violence. More and more homeless men and women are working full time jobs but do not generate enough income to afford a home as there is a wide gap in affordable housing choices and entry-level income.