Support and Sisterhood

Notes of Happiness, of Joy, Of Peace

We are all experiencing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways, yet through it all, we still have the everlasting connections of real, strong women. We invite you to read more about how our sisters are helping, supporting and lifting each other up in a time when our experience looks different than we thought it would. To share your COVID-19 story, please fill out this form.
 

From the Front Line 

By: Carla Sieber (Zeta Xi, University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

Working in healthcare, I kept a close watch on the COVID-19 numbers worldwide. When the virus began to spread in the United States, New York City quickly became known as the epicenter.
I knew I wanted to help.

"I knew that I had to go to NYC."

I live in Tampa, Florida and our numbers were low, a number so low that many healthcare workers, including nurses, were getting canceled from shifts daily. I knew that I had to go to NYC. It would let local nurses work more with me being off the schedule and allow me to help the people of NYC. ... Read the full story on Alpha Chi Omega's blog.

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Nashville, Tennessee alumnae chapter hosted a virtual Hall of Commitment Ceremony for the seniors of Zeta Omicron (Vanderbilt University). "It was our goal just to let the girls know we were thinking of them and we wanted to get in touch to know how they were doing," says Vice President Collegiate Relations Kate Condon (Sigma, University of Iowa).

"...it was still pretty incredible to hear all of their voices together even though we weren't in the same room."

Alumnae read the ceremony aloud over Zoom and had the seniors join in. "At the portion of the ceremony with the girls' hands on their hearts and repeating the statements, it was still pretty incredible to hear all of their voices together even though we weren't in the same room," says Kate. The alumnae then helped connect the seniors to chapters and sisters in their new cities, even the one moving to Brazil!

"During this time of uncertainty, I wanted to offer my community my skills in solution design and integration. I joined my local American Red Cross as a disaster volunteer to assist with recovery efforts. In every presentation I prepare, I send forth chords of love by adding moments of empathy and compassion for others to share their feelings."

Chloe Diehl (Gamma Chi, Stetson University)

"The exec board of Alpha Omicron wanted to send out gifts to all seniors, including their stoles, but we're all out of town. I volunteered my time (with the help of Chapter President Margaret Poltorak) to box up, label and write individual notes to all 57 seniors. We mailed out all that were outside of the Columbus area. For those that were still on campus, I loaded up my car and delivered their gift, including a care package of excess paper products (TP!) and snacks for survival. Don't worry - we packaged and delivered everything while wearing gloves and at a safe distance. It was great to put a smile on our seniors' faces!"

Melissa Elston (Alpha Omicron, The Ohio State University)

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When the Clearwater, Florida alumnae chapter couldn't meet in person, they had their officer installation over video call. The new officers are excited to plan chapter events virtually for now and in person when they can finally meet again!

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Iota Omicron (University of Lynchburg) member, Hailie, making masks.

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Iota PhiIota Phi chapter (Quinnipiac University) hosted their annual spring philanthropy event, Walk A Mile in Her Shoes virtually on Zoom. They all heard from their philanthropic partner, BHCare and then individually took their walk in heels. Even in difficult times the chapter managed to transition the event to online because they felt so strongly that the fight against domestic violence deserves Alpha Chi's support every day! 
Hanna GustafsonSisterhood has changed from being physically present at the house to virtually present from each member's home. With everything going on, our bond and appreciation for each other has not changed. Pen pals, tie dye tutorials, chapter on Zoom and Netflix watch parties have become the new normal.
The constant love being poured out from each real, strong woman is making our sisterhood stronger.  

Hannah Gustafson (Delta Rho, University of Arkansas)

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The Murfreesboro, TN alumnae chapter supports Iota Chi seniors: “ ..while MTSU's graduation was cancelled for May we still wanted to make the women moving into a new chapter of life feel loved. We created care packages with their stoles, kind words from Mu Omicron Mu members, and red carnations in hopes that their spirits can be lifted somewhat in these uncertain times."

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The chapter at the University of Iowa donated its supply of gloves to Mercy Hospital Iowa City to help keep healthcare workers stay safe! Although it wasn't the largest contribution, it was a small way to help the local community stay safe!

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University of Massachusetts Amherst - "We are doing our part of staying home to help the real strong women fighting for those who need it most ❤️💚" - posted on their Instagram
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Sisters participated in Alpha Chi Omega's Day of Caring campaign by writing notes to sisters to spread joy!
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The chapter at Northeastern University came together to brighten the Boston community. Over the past few weeks, they've been collaborating from all over the country to get these notes together to send their thoughts and prayers to the residents of a nursing home close to Northeastern University!
Randi Ward
I now fold my laundry the same day that it goes through the wash. Never thought this day would come!

Randi Ward (Beta Lambda, University of Arizona)

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Stephen F. Austin State University - After SFA's classes were moved online for the rest of the semester, Meredith, their house director, donated the leftover food from the Alpha Chi house to the Women's Shelter of East Texas.
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Birmingham-Southern College member Viktoria donated and delivered food to First Light, a local shelter in Birmingham.
Veronica Vocke
I am a 2020 senior at The Ohio State University where I am majoring in fashion and retail studies with a minor in business. I was scheduled to start a full-time job on May 11, but due to COVID-19 I’ve been asked to start ASAP. I will start April 27 as an import product specialist for a furniture manufacturer in northwest Ohio. Yes, this is even before I receive my degree from OSU! I am jumping into the working world quickly and will have to manage my full-time job and taking two finals the same week. 
 
One of my main responsibilities in my role will be to work with overseas manufacturers. Now that China is back to work, there is a higher need for me to get started ASAP. Due to COVID-19 and the supply chain delays/issues, it is important to keep import product flowing for this company.
 
I’m excited to start my career and realize that I am very fortunate to be landing a job and working during this pandemic. My time with Alpha Chi has prepared me for this new beginning and anything that life throws at me! 

Veronica Vocke (Alpha Omicron, The Ohio State University)

Heads Up

Dr. Donna Koning (Alpha Pi)

Dr. Donna Koning (Alpha Pi) is using all her skills as an engineer, neurologist and seamstress to make masks that have an an all important seal with filtration. And you can learn to make it too! Instructions in this article.

 
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