List of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., National and Local Programs
Designed to address the needs, challenges and issues that face schoolaged children who are educationally at risk in local homeless shelters and extended-care hospitals and facilities, through this program chapters and members collect and donate educational materials, equipment and school supplies. The program has expanded in recent years to include mentoring and tutoring and has given rise to the sorority’s annual Youth Symposiums.
Focused on expanding the knowledge of young people ages 6-18 in financial survival and independence, this program helps students develop a greater appreciation and awareness of the need for proper financial management and planning.
Hattie McDaniel Cancer Awareness & Health Program
Cognizant that African Americans bear a disproportionate burden of cancer — the highest mortality rate of any ethnic group — Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority is committed to providing education on and active support of early detection as well as research for the prevention and cure of breast, prostate, ovarian, colon and other types of cancers.
National Marrow Donor Program
Established in 1992, this initiative was developed to address and reduce the number of African American deaths due to a lack of sufficient numbers of race appropriate bone marrow donors. The program focuses on the education and recruitment of sorority member, affiliate and community donors.
Working in partnership with Africare, for many years Sigma Gamma Rho has assisted in providing thousands of dollars to purchase grain grinders for African women to help alleviate their back-breaking work. The project focus has now evolved, as have the needs, to addressing through finances and education HIV/AIDS awareness, education and treatment
As an essay contest for partcipation by elementary, middle school and high school students, this project is geared toward educating American youth about Africa and African culture. Monetary awards are given to winners at the local, regional and international levels.
Sigma Gamma Rho has and continues to partner with businesses, organizations and agencies with like vision and community commitment to expand both the breadth and impact of the services provided. Some of these have included:
• Heart & Soul Magazine
• RE/MAX Supreme Properties
• St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
• National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
• Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine
• National Conference of Black Mayors