Since 1920, the legacy of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has been firmly secured in the Sorority’s service to community and all humanity.
Building on that legacy, the sorority adopted a national service program in 2002 that is viable for the 21st century, and more importantly, meets critical societal needs. The program, Z-HOPE: Zetas Helping Other People Excel (Through Mind, Body and Spirit), is a holistic, multidimensional outreach program. One of the primary goals of Z-HOPE is to enhance, cultivate and empower participants to develop health-promoting lifestyle choices in all stages of their lives.
Z-HOPE targets five major populations (Women, Youth, Men, Seniors, International Women) utilizing a life-span approach, reaching all people—from the young to the old, from prenatal to geriatric. Each targeted population will be serviced through a holistic framework that focuses on the three essential elements of life: mind, body and spirit.
Since its inception in 2002 under the leadership of 22nd International President Barbara C. Moore featuring over 280 culturally relevant service programs, Z-HOPE programming has been conducted by ZETA chapters and affiliate groups across the United States, Germany, Africa and Korea, with over 1.5 million men, women, children & seniors having received in-kind services & education, and an additional $900K raised for the sorority’s national partner, March for Babies/March of Dimes.
Sources: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., The Archon (2005-2006); Z-HOPE Boulé Report (2008)Stork's Nest
Since 1972, The March of Dimes and Zeta Phi Beta have enjoyed a national cooperative program called Stork's Nest®. This program has both service and educational components. The establishment of a distribution site, the "Nest," where expectant mothers, referred by cooperating hospitals, clinics, and health centers, can get necessary items such as maternity clothes, layettes and furniture at minimal or no cost is the area where Zetas across the nation serve. The educational component consists of informative sessions taught by professionals that cover a variety of topics including prenatal care, nutrition, drugs, alcohol and smoking, genetics, infant care and parenting.
Stork's Nest program objectives are to:
- Provide incentives for expectant mothers to obtain early and regular prenatal care
- Provide clothing and nursery items for pregnant women who use community health services.
- Provide educational opportunities for pregnant women to help them make informed choices and decisions relating to parenting, nutrition, and health.
- Provide information and referral to community resources to enhance the physical and emotional well-being of mothers and their families.
The program is closely tied to the March of Dimes’ mission of preventing birth defects, prematurity, and infant mortality. It also aligns with the sorority’s pledge to contribute to the health and welfare of families, children and youth. Nationwide, there are 250 Stork’s Nest locations with 7% serving residents in the Atlantic Region of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Source: March of Dimes website, Community JournalNational Educational Foundation
The National Educational Foundation of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. with 501 (c) 3 status is created and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. The principal activities and purpose of the trust are to award scholarship grants to worthy students for the pursuit of higher education; to conduct community educational programs which will aid in the educational and vocational improvement in individual and community living standards; to engage in activities which will aid in the educational development of all women; and to engage in any appropriate research related to the purposes of the Foundation scholarship.
Since 1975, the Foundation has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships and fellowships for higher education to both Zetas and Non-Zetas. The Foundation has processed hundreds of other scholarships, as a part of its Chapter Designated Scholarship program, established in 1980. Under the program, local scholarships and fellowships are awarded by chapters throughout the country.
The Foundation's scholarship program is funded by support of its principal donor, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. through chapter tax and life member fees, by contributions and gifts from members and chapters, Board of Managers contributions and fundraising, memorial scholarships, as well as fundraising on the Regional and State levels. Endowments have been established for the Foundation at the National level, Chapter level, and by the Board of Managers.