Volunteer Appreciation Week 2023!
Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week! We are so grateful for our amazing Foundation volunteers who provide their valuable time and commitment to advancing lives of women everywhere. This week, we are shining the spotlight on some of our dedicated Foundation volunteers and learning why they choose to give back to Alpha Phi! Amy Nobriga (Eta Delta – CSU East Bay) Alpha Phi Foundation Scholarship Reader “The effort the Foundation puts in to support women is what inspires me most. We have a history of heart issues in my family, and the initial goal of raising funds and awareness for Women’s Heart Health was one of the main reasons I accepted my bid to join Alpha Phi. Now that I’m an Alumnae, I do what I can to give back and join in on that effort… and the Foundation has come A LONG WAY in the last 20 years. The opportunities our collegians have now thanks to the programs and scholarships financed by the Foundation are top notch. And I LOVE being a Scholarship Reader – I get to hear about all the great things our collegians are doing to impact their campus, and it is so much fun to hear what their future goals are. It’s a small time investment that has a huge return. I’m definitely looking forward to new opportunities to volunteer with the Foundation in the future!” Susan Gregory (Gamma Rho – Penn State) Alpha Phi Foundation Scholarship Reader “I’m inspired to volunteer for Alpha Phi Foundation because my Alpha Phi experience has been positive and rewarding. My best friends are still the women I met when I pledged Gamma Rho at Penn State. Over the decades, we’ve celebrated together and rallied around one another. Our circle of friendship is truly a sisterhood. Reading applications for scholarships has introduced me to young women from all over the country who love Alpha Phi as much as I do and are making the most of their collegiate experience. I’m impressed by their commitment not only to Alpha Phi, but their campuses and communities. Their enthusiasm, curiosity and ambition come through in their applications, as does their fondness for their sorority.” Sherri Sanders (Delta Tau- LSU/Omicron – Missouri) Awards Advisory Group Member & Scholarship Reader “Alpha Phi sisters like Nancy DeVoe, Val Lawlor, and Barb Melchert inspire me to be an Alpha Phi Foundation volunteer. Years ago, they saw potential in me as a young, naive collegiate and believed in me. Their unwavering friendship, along with the lessons they taught me, guide me everyday. Serving our beloved fraternity and its foundation is one small way I can honor them for positively influencing my journey. The Alpha Phis I meet greatly contribute to my joy as a Foundation Awards Advisory Group member and a scholarship reader. I love the Advisory Group’s spirited conversations that impact how our members experience the application process and set them up for success as future Alpha Phi Scholars. As a reader, I am reminded of a student who once shared that nature awes her and people inspire her. Our future as Alpha Phis is in good hands with the incredibly inspiring Foundation Scholars who unselfishly contribute to their chapters, institutions, and community.” Megan Boals (Eta Delta – CSU East Bay) Alpha Phi Foundation Scholarship Reader “As a member of Alpha Phi, I have gained a great appreciation for mentorship, leadership, scholarship and heart health. Being able to give back to both the members of today and the fraternity gives me a great sense of community. Volunteering as a Medical Reader allows me to give back and also allows me to have a say in who we support each year with our grants. Having a Public Health background allows me to make an informed decision on how we support women’s heart health. Volunteering as a scholarship reader also allows me to give back to the fraternity by helping the members currently enrolled at the many Universities throughout the country.” Jen (Steiner) Verkamp (Beta Omega – Kent State) Heart to Heart Advisory Council Member “Giving back means so much as AΦ challenged me to grow as a leader, increased my self confidence, gave me the gift of the lifelong bond of AΦ sisterhood and was the place I called home during college. Serving on the AΦ Foundation Heart to Heart Advisory Council has been very rewarding. Reviewing innovative grant applications, hearing from passionate researchers, and recommending a deserving grant recipient to the Foundation Board of Directors has been a fascinating process. The experience has been magnified by meeting and collaborating with AΦ sisters on the council who are experts in cardiology, public health, healthcare informatics, research and administration. It’s incredibly fulfilling to be a part of an organization that supports sisters through leadership training, scholarship and aid in times of need as well as championing women’s heart health. I believe in my fraternity – I believe in AΦ!” Angie Maurer (Epsilon Gamma – Sacramento State) Heart to Heart Advisory Council Member “What inspires me to volunteer for Alpha Phi Foundation is having the opportunity to give back to our sisterhood by supporting our collegiates in their career goals while at the same time supporting our communities through our philanthropic work. As a previous cardiac critical care nurse with a family history of heart disease, our philanthropy work in women’s heart health has always meant a lot to me. Being in the clinical research industry for over 21 years, I have helped companies conduct clinical trials to test new treatments and help design the best clinical trials they can. The most rewarding part of being a member of the Heart to Heart Advisory Council is being able to apply my experience and knowledge to help advance research in women’s heart health.” Thank you, sisters, for sharing your time and talents to advance women’s lives through the power of philanthropy! We truly appreciate each and every one of you! Alpha Phi Foundation has a variety of volunteer opportunities for alumnae …
April 21, 2023 10:40 am
Alpha Phi Foundation Celebrates Women’s History with Heart
Alpha Phi Foundation had a wonderful time celebrating Women’s History Month – a recognition of women’s contributions to history, culture and society! With over 270,000 members, Alpha Phi is made up of so many incredible women — including trailblazers, innovators, givers, and doers — and we are honored to celebrate each and every one of you! We kicked off the month by celebrating International Badge Day on March 6th. Established in 1997 by the National Panhellenic Conference, this day honors sisterhood and celebrates the common sorority experience across women’s fraternal groups. We dove into the history behind our beloved Alpha Phi Badge and shared the story of how our badge’s beautiful design came to be. To this day, members continue to wear our badge with pride, as an outward demonstration of Union Hand-in-Hand and our loyalty to our sisters in Alpha Phi. To read the full history of our Alpha Phi Badge, check out History IT’s Story #017: The Alpha Phi Badge. On March 8th, we recognized International Women’s Day, an annual celebration around the world that honors the achievements and contributions of women, while challenging the discrimination and oppression they continue to face. In honor of International Women’s Day Global’s 2023 campaign theme, #EmbraceEquity, we encouraged sisters to share their passion and excitement that comes from valuing and supporting difference. As Alpha Phi International’s philanthropic partner, we are steadfast in our commitment to helping our Alpha Phi sisters and women everywhere #EmbraceEquity. Of course, our Women’s History Month celebrations did not stop there! Alpha Phi Foundation is dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing the groundbreaking history of our organization through the publication of our 3-part Alpha Phi History Book Series. Throughout Women’s History Month, we shared highlights from each chapter of our History Book Series on our Instagram Story. We set out on a project to give our community a glimpse into the amazing stories that are told in “Union Hand in Hand” and “Alpha Phi Toujours”, as we gear up for the release of the much-anticipated Volume 3: Ivy and Forget-Me-Not, 1973-2022! Thank you for celebrating Women’s History Month with us! Be sure to follow @alphaphifoundation on Instagram to take a look back on our History Book Highlights Series!
March 13, 2023 2:40 pm
From the Heart: Mary Elizabeth Thornton
February is American Heart Month, a time to pay special attention to understanding, preventing and raising awareness about heart disease. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. Alpha Phi Foundation cares deeply about this cause, and has supported women’s heart health research and education since 1946. For many, joining the fight to raise awareness and funds to combat heart disease is deeply personal. Mary Elizabeth Thornton, much like numerous other sisters, has a personal tie to this cause. “I have been directly impacted by a heart condition, so the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for women’s heart health through Alpha Phi Foundation feels very personal to me” – Mary Elizabeth Thornton (Gamma Xi – Wichita) Mary Elizabeth’s heart health story began in the Spring of 2022 when she fainted for the first time during class. At the time, she attributed it to the bustle of her everyday life, which included a full course load, 4 jobs, multiple positions in student organizations, and just overall stress. Over the next few months, Mary Elizabeth went through extensive lab testing and doctor visits, and was eventually diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). POTS is a heart condition that causes your heart to beat faster than normal when you change elevations (i.e. sitting to standing, lying to standing, etc.). Although there is no known cure for POTS, the condition can be managed in most patients by making heart-healthy lifestyle changes. Following Mary Elizabeth’s diagnosis, she started taking heart medication to help regulate her blood volume. She also makes an effort to exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and share her story with others. “To me, heart health means living a healthy lifestyle so that I can be here for my family, my sisters, and myself. I encourage a heart-healthy lifestyle because you never know when it’ll impact you or someone you love” – Mary Elizabeth Thornton (Gamma Xi – Wichita) When asked about her favorite Alpha Phi memories, Mary Elizabeth looks back fondly at the opportunity she had to initiate her mother as an alumna this past year. This moment was especially meaningful to her because her mother has been impacted by heart disease in addition to supporting Mary Elizabeth through her own heart condition. Mary Elizabeth also feels fortunate to have been trained, supported, and empowered by a variety of leadership opportunities sponsored by Alpha Phi Foundation. “Seeing just how much the Foundation has raised feels so impactful and encouraging for my journey through Alpha Phi as well as through my medical process.” -Mary Elizabeth Thornton (Gamma Xi – Wichita) Through leading a heart-healthy lifestyle, spreading awareness by educating others, and supporting Alpha Phi Foundation, Mary Elizabeth truly lives out what it means to lead with heart. We are grateful to have sisters like Mary who are paving the way for the next generation of Alpha Phi leaders and philanthropists. Thank you! Women’s Heart Health Program Through the generosity of donors, Alpha Phi Foundation has granted over $1.58 million in critical cardiac research and education programs. Through our Women’s Heart Health Program, you advance the lives of your sisters and women everywhere. Interested in investing in Alpha Phi Foundation’s Women’s Heart Health Program? Consider making a donation today!
February 15, 2023 11:22 am