Membership in Delta Zeta teaches us the true meaning of sisterhood. The sisters of Xi Upsilon participate in a variety of sisterhood activities each semester. Recently we have done cooking competitions, private events at J.Crew and trips to the aquarium, among other things. Even when we don't have planned events, there are always sisters ready and willing to watch movies, go to the library, or hang out at a sisters apartment. We love spending time together, whatever we may be doing. From having fun socials and formals to working hard during study sessions, the shared values of our members are what truly bind our chapter together.
Joining Delta Zeta does not just mean gaining new friends, but also a lifetime of sisterhood and an alumnae base that is one of the largest in the Greek community. Sisterhood is sure to change not only your college experience, but also your life long after college is complete. Sisterhood is all the small things that make life bright.
Delta Zeta annually hosts two philanthropy events on Northeastern's campus to benefit our national philanthropies: The Starkey Hearing Foundation and The Painted Turtle Camp. The Cornhole Classic is our annual fall semester event, during which all students are invited to our cornhole tournament to benefit the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Delta Zetas across the world have pledged to raise $5 million in 5 years for the cause of speech and hearing. We celebrated our first annual Heart for Hearing Day in May of 2017 to raise awareness of our pledge. Spikes for Tykes is our annual spring volleyball tournament benefitting The Painted Turtle Camp, a summer camp for children that have chronic or life-threatening illnesses. In 2017 our sisters completed monthly service projects to make crafts to donate to The Painted Turtle Camp. Each semester we raise nearly $1,500 for our national causes from our events and fundraisers.
As a Delta Zeta, you are encouraged “to give graciously of what is mine,” so our philanthropic model is based on three principles of giving: time, talent, and treasure. Every philanthropic event is intended to give to a cause via at least one of these pillars. Our sisters give their time when volunteering at 826 Boston, the Celtics Foundation, or at the Clarke School, their talent when making crafts for The Painted Turtle’s campers, and treasure when donating money to Relay for Life or participating in another chapter’s philanthropic fundraiser.
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Delta Zeta sisters are devoted to giving back to our community. Every semester, we participate in numerous community service events that not only help others, but also bring us closer together. Recently we have volunteered with the Celtics Shamrock Foundation, selling raffle tickets and working clothing drives that benefit local Boston communities. Giving back to local organizations is a priority, and we’ve worked with Room to Grow, the Greater Boston Food Bank, and many others. Our sisters are also involved with Love Your Melon, a nonprofit that gives a beanie to a child battling cancer for every item sold.
Regardless of whether there’s a community service event planned or not, Delta Zeta sisters dedicate hours of our time to giving back. Many sisters volunteer together, both on campus and throughout Boston, simply because they love doing their part for others. Joining Delta Zeta means committing to selfless acts of kindness. Community service is common ground for sisters, and gives us a chance to form even tighter bonds with each other while spending our time meaningfully.