Service Initiatives

Operation Big Book Bag

Sorority members make available, to selected facilities across the nation, bookbags, notebooks, writing and drawing paper, pencils and pens, dictionaries, thesauri, rulers, glue, construction paper, textbooks, encyclopedia, typewriters, computers and many other needed school items. OBBB serves as an invaluable resource to the children by: (1) Affording children with quick and easy access to reference materials and other studying aids and tools that will help them in their educational endeavors; (2)Providing the children with the means of completing their homework assignments in order that they may remain current and up -to -date on course projects and requirements and (3) Assisting the shelters, centers, schools and hospitals in their efforts to meet some of the educational needs of the children and young adults housed at the facilities.

Project Wee $avers 

This project is designed to develop an awareness of various banking facilities and their available services. The goal of Wee Savers is to allow participants to become knowledgeable of the real life skills of saving and buying stocks and bonds, ranging from ages 6 to 18 years. Participants experience the real life skills of basic investing, setting specific goals attainable through monitoring and mentoring of money and activities.

Holiday Gift Drive for Peaceful Paths

For 2 years now the Lambda Rho Chapter has been supporting Peaceful Paths, a domestic abuse shelter in the local Gainesville area. recently the Chapter has successfully donated over 150 toys, hygienic products, and Christmas decorations to the shelter. Sigma Gamma Rho was founded on the principle of uplifting the female community which is why this initiative means so much to our Chapter. Families in the shelter rely on the support of the Alachua County Community and the center to provide them with necessary resources. The Lambda Rho Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho will continue to host the annual Holiday Gift Drive because we believe in helping women!

Relay For Life

Who do you know that’s been diagnosed with cancer? Maybe it’s a friend, classmate, teacher, or parent. What would you do to help them? This disease affects all of us, and we want to stop it. That’s why we come together to fundraise for the American Cancer Society at a Relay For Life event. Donations go toward patient programs and groundbreaking research that can help save lives. And the event honors the lives lost to cancer, celebrates survivors and their caregivers which is a cause that is near and dear to our sorority with the loss of Soror Hattie McDaniel, the first black performer to win an Academy Award, due to cancer in 1952. Together, we can help make a difference!

Friends of the Library: Book Drive

Friends of the Library is an effort that donates printed material, art work, CDs, audio tapes, video tapes, records, and computer software in support of the Alachua County Library District. The purpose of the book drive is to help increase the reading levels of Alachua County Residents of all ages. Education is a prime principle to our organization not only because we were founded by 7 educators but also because we believe in uplifting our community and the only way to uplift a community is to be a civil leader within it.

Porter's Community Center Mentoring Program

Porter's Community Center in Gainesville, FL is dedicated to making Porters Community a vibrant and diverse community. The Center hosts a series of after school programs, mentorship opportunities and homework help to the students who visit the center consistently. Sigma Gamma Rho is a proud supporter of the center and has dedicated a month to mentoring the youth at the center every Thursday and Friday during the Month of April.

March of Dimes: Gators March for Babies

March for Babies, formerly known as WalkAmerica, is a charitable walking event sponsored by the March of Dimes. It began in 1970 as the first charitable walking event in the United States. According to the March of Dimes, proceeds help fund research to prevent premature births, birth defects and infant mortality.

March of Dimes: Project Cradle Care

A prenatal education and resource program that seeks to improve pregnancy outcomes in high-risk communities by increasing the number of women of childbearing age who receive adequate prenatal education and prenatal care and who better understand proper infant care and child development. On the 3rd Saturday of January, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. alumnae chapters simultaneously host prenatal education fairs during National Birth Defects Awareness Month. The goal of the project is to provide a wealth of information, resources, and tools for women of childbearing age to help ensure a healthy baby. This community based collaboration includes hospitals, managed care organizations, community-based prenatal care providers, and special guest speakers. This program is done in conjunction with our national partner, the March of Dimes.

UF Health Celebrity Gridiron Challenge

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for local children's hospitals. For UF Health Shands Children's Hospital this means caring for more than 150,000 kids each year. They treat children from throughout Florida, across the country, and around the world. Families come to UF Health Shands Children's Hospital seeking treatment for broken bones, childhood cancer, complex heart disease, and dozens of other ailments.

We are pleased to support the inaugural Celebrity Gridiron Challenge benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals at UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. This  event will feature an all day flag football tournament and tailgate with celebrity appearances from our Children's Miracle Network Ambassadors. Whether in a jersey on the field, or watching from the sidelines, you can help continue to provide the most advanced care possible for the youngest, most fragile patients.

Operation Christmas Child

From children to seniors, people pack shoe box gifts each year to bless children in need around the world. Parents often use the project to teach their kids about giving. Year-round volunteers support these efforts across the country. Churches and groups of all sizes collect boxes from their communities. Lambda Rho has been supporting the Initiative for over 4 years and will continue to support in the years to come.