February 15, 2016

Give Back: Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and Girls on the Run International

As part of my Year of 52 and 12, every month I'm supporting organizations and causes that I believe in. I'm a firm believer in "putting my money where my mouth is." With such a highly connected world, it's so incredibly easy to ramble on and on about "the issues" on social media, but seldom do we do much more than talk about it. I'm tired of simply talking about it; I want to be about it. Every month, I want to share what I'm doing to "give back" as a way to encourage you to let your actions speak louder. Whether you choose to support the same cause as me or something entirely different, it is my hope that we all make this year the year that we did something good for the world in which we live.
It is my hope that we act.

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Gamma Phi Beta is one of the 10 oldest women's organizations in North America. It was founded at Syracuse University in New York on November 11, 1874.

Mission: To inspire the highest type of womanhood

Vision: We build confident women of character who celebrate sisterhood and make a difference in the world around us.

Open Motto: Founded upon a rock.

Philanthropic Focus: Building Strong Girls

I can't think of an organization that has impacted me more directly than my sorority, Gamma Phi Beta. The women I have met through these letters have added so much value and substance to my life, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate this month of love than by giving back to the very organization that allowed me to form these long-lasting friendships in the first place.

In my two short years as a collegiate member of Gamma Phi Beta, I met women who truly inspire me to be the best version of myself. They have impacted my life in such a positive manner, and I can see where I am a better woman because of the effects they have had on me. And even today, as an alumna, I find myself actively working to uphold the values of my letters and living my life in a way that I hope encourages other women to be strong, confident women of character. 

And because of the positivity and support that I have found through this organization, I can't imagine not doing my part to ensure that other young women have the opportunity to form these special bonds as well. I've (finally) paid my alumnae dues and made an additional donation that will contribute to maintaining current chapters, help to establish new chapters, and develop leadership and training programs for collegians and alumnae.

"The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock" Matthew 7:25

Click here to donate to Gamma Phi Beta.

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The development of strong, independent women is a cause that is close to my heart. So in order to go deeper than donating only to my sorority, I've also donated to our philanthropic partner, Girls on the Run International.

Mission: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Vision: We envision a world where every girls knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Though I've never personally been part of Girls on the Run, I have still developed a personal connection with the organization and its focus on building strong girls through my sorority. Girls on the Run is essentially a mentorship program. It aims to teach young, impressionable girls their self-worth and to give them the tools to be confident in themselves. It's inspiring, motivating, and greatly needed.

And not only does Girls on the Run focus on inner growth, it also teaches the value of a healthy, active lifestyle by incorporating running into the program. It's an organization that works on the overall healthy development of a woman, so it's a "10s across the board" kind of program.

To donate to Girls on the Run, follow this link.

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