Chapter Philanthropy & Service
In addition to national partners, collegiate chapters also support local causes through philanthropic fundraising and hands-on service on their campuses and in their local communities.
In the spring we participate in our campus's Relay For Life. At this event we celebrate cancer survivors, remember the love ones we've lost, and fight back for those still fighting their battle. Last spring we raised $4,455 for cancer research exceeding our goal of $3,000! This year we are teaming up with Sigma Beta Rho for the event on April 22. If you would like to follow our progress and/or donate to our team please follow this link: http://relay.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=73146&pg=team&team_id=1975832
Every fall our sisters participate in our campus's Saint Jude Up Til' Dawn event. We gather teams of six and compete all night to help raise money and awareness for the children at Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital. As a whole UMass Lowell raised $36,661 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital! Between all of our teams, Alpha Sigma Tau raised over $5,000 for this amazing cause, and we had a blast doing it! We are greatly appreciated to our alumnae, friends, and families who donated to our teams to help us raise so much money!
We also volunteer regularly at The Lowell Wish Project. The Wish project is a charity organization which provides new and used clothes, appliances, and furniture to those in the area in need. We go and help out where ever we can! Learn more about The Wish Project at thewishproject.org
In October our President Kellie O'Brien, planned and organized our first "Show You Care, Chop Your Hair" event. With the amazing help of our alumnae Alicia Spinney, 13 different people donated their hair! All of the hair was donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to help make free wigs for women going through cancer treatments. We look forward to planning another one of these events in the future!
This semester we have sisters participating in the House of Hope's service hours. The House of Hope mission statement as written in 1985 states: “The House of Hope, a temporary shelter, provides advocacy and care for homeless families. Rooted in a belief in God, and under the direction of an ecumenical board, it seeks to affirm the dignity of life to all who are served”. When our sisters go we enjoy playing with the children and brightening up their days.
Every semester we dedicate one of our ASThursdays to a philanthropy activity. Past events have included making blankets for children at Mass General Hospital, making dog toys for The Lowell Humane Society, beading hope bracelets for victims of sexual violence at The Center of Hope and Healing, and decorating holiday cards for Veterans.