Epsilon Sigma Alpha International has two philanthropies: St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and Easter Seals.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee was founded in 1962 by Danny Thomas with the hope that the hospital would be available to the sickest kids for free. To this day, St. Jude is fully funded by donations and grants so that patients do not have to pay for treatments.
While treating children with rare diseases, St. Jude places an emphasis on research. In fact, its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
About 5,400 active patients are seen at St. Jude yearly, most of whom are treated on a continuing outpatient basis as part of ongoing research programs. The hospital also has 78 beds for patients requiring hospitalization during treatment.
Patients come from all 50 states as well as around the world and must be referred by a physician in order to be admitted.
Fore more information about St. Jude, please visit www.stjude.org.
Easter Seals has been helping people with disabilities and special needs since 1919. Their primary services are medical rehabilitation, employment and training, children's services, adult and senior services, and camping and recreation. The organization is the number one provider for kids/youth with disabilities. Ninety cents of each dollar raised for Easter Seals goes to their services.
Their mission statement reads: Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities.
For more information about Easter Seals, please visit www.easterseals.com.
Delta Psi Service
In addition to fundraisers and events for St. Jude and Easter Seals, the Delta Psi chapter of ESA participates in many service activities with local organizations.
Recent service events have included:
- service trip to St. Jude every other year in during fall break
- semesterly babysitting night for the children of Elon faculty and staff
- construction at the Conservator's Center Inc.
- annual Easter egg hunt at Cedarock Park
- staffing the herb festival for the Women's Resource Center
- manning the phones at a St. Jude radioathon
- dancing for the kids at Duke Children's Hospital with Elonthon
- ...and much more!
Members of our chapter complete 10 hours of service with ESA each semester.