Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. supports a variety of charitable organizations as a part of our community service commitment. As a national organization, we are proud to dedicate our philanthropic efforts to: Breast Cancer Awareness and the TRIO programs. Sorority entities conduct and participate in extraordinary programming events that are designed to bring about public awareness and education on these topics.
Breast Cancer Awareness
Sigma Lambda Gamma and its member groups actively support the important societal issue of Breast Cancer Awareness. Our support of this cause comes in various avenues: from fundraising campaigns; educational workshops to create awareness; active participation in run/walk events; volunteer participation with organizations; or a combination of these forms. The two primary programs our organization supports in respects to breast cancer awareness include, but are not limited to: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization.
Sigma Lambda Gamma supports the TRIO programs for its innovative and proactive stance on the continual education of individuals who otherwise would not have been afforded the education or financial assistance to further their education and livelihood. These programs have become stepping stones for many students within our organization and other affiliates who have benefited to identify and continue secondary education.
Our nation has asserted a commitment to providing educational opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background or economic circumstance.
In support of this commitment, Congress established a series of programs to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs. While financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.
Our Chapter upholds our national philanthropy of Breast Cancer Awareness through events such as fundraisers, walks, and educational workshops that inform Sisters and the UCLA community on the cause of breast cancer and developmental research towards finding a cure.
UCLA Gammas also support higher education for all through our Chapter philanthropy and academic outreach program entitled SHINE! The program, which was established in 2004 by our Chapter Founders (Jeanette Castro, Elizabeth Yarden Rodriguez, Mayra Lira, Yesenia Sanchez, Corina Carmona, and Victoria Ianni) educates Middle and High School students from low income communities on the academic and financial requirements necessary to pursue a University degree. Since its establishment, the program has provided valuable information for over 500 students and their families while inspiring young students to pursue their college and career dreams.