Delta Zeta Achieves $5 Million Heart for Hearing and Speech Goal and Unveils New Partners for Future Philanthropic Growth

(Oxford, OH) Delta Zeta’s commitment to giving graciously toward Hearing and Speech, our national philanthropy, is stronger than ever. The recently completed five-year, $5 million Heart for Hearing and Speech goal by our chapters and members has changed the lives of millions of individuals around the world. Because of Delta Zeta members’ generosity, the Starkey Hearing Foundation gave over 500,000 hearing aid fittings; created a global recipient base; built 70 programs around the globe; created an After Care program; trained and educated governments on hearing, hearing loss and hearing aids; initiated seven national hearing Health Care plans and built the Starkey Hearing Institute in Lusaka, Zambia.

The Starkey Hearing Institute trains hearing healthcare professionals through a nine-month program, using Starkey’s community-based hearing healthcare approach. The graduates leave with an international Hearing Instrument Specialist certificate allowing them to fit hearing aids anywhere in the world. The students not only focus on hearing, but also learn Starkey’s Phase 4 model introducing speech to their patients. Delta Zeta’s future support will provide for the expansion of the Institute, tuition support for students and education resources to provide needed services in 11 countries. Starkey Hearing Institute students also receive a dual degree through a partnership with Queen Margaret University in Scotland.

To broaden our domestic impact through awareness and education and provide more ways for members to connect with our philanthropy, Delta Zeta is proud to announce a partnership with the American Society for Deaf Children.

The American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) has been serving families with deaf children for 53 years. Because more than 90 percent of Deaf children are born to hearing parents, ASDC has made it their mission to help those parents learn American Sign Language (ASL) so their whole family can communicate and connect with their Deaf child. Through this partnership, Delta Zeta members will have the opportunity to learn more about ASL, gain a greater understanding of Deaf culture, spread awareness and become informed and effective allies of the Deaf community.

To broaden our impact on changing lives through community service, in 2006 Delta Zeta partnered with The Painted Turtle, our national service project, and has given over 100,000 hours and $1.1 million in funding. The Painted Turtle is part of SeriousFun Children’s Network (SeriousFun) which is made up of 30 member camps and programs around the world offering life-changing camp experiences to children living with serious illnesses and their families, totally free of charge. Since the first SeriousFun camp opened in 1988, the Network has delivered more than 1.3 million experiences to campers living with more than 50 different medical conditions from more than 50 countries.

Delta Zeta is proud to announce an expanded partnership with SeriousFun, as our global service project. Delta Zeta members will have opportunities to volunteer at the nine SeriousFun camps located in the United States, including The Painted Turtle, as well as their camps in seven countries throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Learn more about our partners in the links below.

“Delta Zeta is extremely proud to continue to grow our philanthropic and service partners,” said Christy Phillips-Brown, National President. “Delta Zeta sisters always give graciously to their communities, and this is another step we’re taking to not only expand awareness, advocacy and support for hearing and speech, but to provide volunteer opportunities for our members.”

About Delta Zeta Sorority
Delta Zeta Sorority is a global women’s organization whose shared values support a vision to truly inspire action and impact lives through leadership, service and philanthropy. Founded on Miami University’s campus in Oxford, Ohio in 1902, the Sorority has more than 275,000 alumnae and collegiate members in the United States and Canada. The Delta Zeta Foundation, a non-profit organization, makes possible gifts and support for scholarships, leadership, philanthropy and education. Learn more about our mission at deltazeta.org. For more information about the Delta Zeta Foundation, visit www.deltazeta.org/foundation. Please contact Cindy W. Menges, Executive Director, at press@deltazeta.org, with any questions.