Hands Across the Border:
Almost twenty years ago, DKG Sisters in Area XVI were asked to mentor the new DKG Chapters in Baja, Mexico: Alpha in Tijuana and Beta in Ensenada. Friendships were formed between the U.S. Sisters and their Baja Sisters and informal fundraisers began in order to give assistance to the Baja teachers to attend DKG conferences. These small fundraiser events grew in popularity and soon Hands Across the Border became an Area XVI luncheon event with a yearly attendance of nearly 100 DKG Sisters from Mexico and California. Gamma Chi assists annually in the planning and execution of the event as well as donating numerous educational supplies.
Reality Changers Supporters:
Members of Gamma Chi provide support to the Reality Changers staff and students with donations of healthy foods, educational materials, money, and time.
Reality Changers is a locally started organization which transforms lives by providing youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the academic support, financial assistance, and leadership training to become college graduates. To learn more about Reality Changers click here to read a recent San Diego Union Tribune article.
USO Welcome Bags:
Members of Gamma Chi collect, organize, pack, and deliver "welcome" bags for military men and women visiting the San Diego USO.
The original idea to support the working members was helping to set-up classrooms. Two things happened to change and redirect the efforts. Difficulty scheduling available classroom time and Dianne Kaderli’s input. Her Zeta Eta Chapter in Austin, TX gave each of its working members a basket before school opened. One thing lead to another and the result was the Gamma Chi “Survival Kits”
Before the basket contents were purchased, each retired chapter member was telephoned and informed of the idea and then asked if she was willing to participate. The beginning Gamma Chi “basket” idea grew as it evolved into the “Survival Kit.” Diane Sullivan created a note, based on her experiences, to be attached to each kit. Almost every retired member donated. The amount was optional and varied from $5 – $20. Members delivered “Survival Kits” to working members not in attendance. Use the link on the left for more detailed information.
Holiday Help for the Extended Opportunity Programs & Services at Cuyamaca College:
Members of Gamma Chi collect gift cards for necessities like food, toiletries or gas to be given to college student foster youth and single parents in the Unlimited Potential and CARE programs based at Cuyamaca College. Both programs provide financial assistance, mentoring, counseling and job readiness and provide significant benefits to these vulnerable students.
Laundromat Literacy Outreach:
Chapter members deliver new and gently used books for adults and children to a Point Loma neighborhood laundromat with the hope of encouraging a love of reading for those who spend time there.
Gathering Gamma Chi Memories:
Chapter members, new and old, are working together to gather up pictures, documents, and memorabilia reflecting our chapter's history.