Z-HOPE Programs (Zetas Helping Other People Excel)
Z-HOPE is an outreach service program that has six primary objectives, corresponding measures of success and a mechanism for chapter recognition. The primary objectives are:
To provide culturally appropriate informational activities according to the Z-HOPE program format
To foster collaborative partnerships between community organizations with shared goals
To promote the opportunities for expansion in Stork’s Nest programs
To facilitate community service and mentorship opportunities for members of the organization
To provide an equitable chapter recognition program for community services rendered
To provide a standard reporting format to concentrate efforts and demonstrate the organization’s impact
Stork's Nest - is a 40-year-old partnership between Zeta Phi Beta and March of Dimes. Stork’s Nest is a community-based, prenatal, health promotion program for low-income pregnant women. The program is designed to promote prenatal care participation and healthy behaviors during pregnancy through two components-incentives and education. Stork’s Nest clients “earn” points toward incentives, such as maternity or baby care items, through a variety of positive, health-promoting activities; attending prenatal care appointments, participating in prenatal education classes, keeping appointments for well-baby visits,, etc. Thousands of women are serviced at Stork’s Nest all over the country every year.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer - Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated has a national partnership with the American Cancer Society. Through our partnership, we are actively engaging communities to fight back against cancer, including recruiting members to participate in the American Cancer Society - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® National Team Program.
Prematurity Awareness - In response to the significant rise of premature births, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and the March of Dimes held national events aimed at increasing community awareness during the month of November. Sorority members conducted Prematurity Awareness Sunday activities in houses of worship across the nation. Through this faith-based initiative, Zeta Phi Beta has reached more than 150,000 parishioners. The sorority’s efforts were a prelude to the March of Dimes’ National Prematurity Awareness Day observance, which is also held each year in November. During this time, March of Dimes staff, volunteers, and Zeta members make a concerted effort to shed light on this public health problem. Download Maryland's 2015 Report Card
Elder Care - We aim to provide education and awareness on preparing for the senior years through the Elder Care Initiative which is part of our ZHope programming. In addition Rho Eta Zeta chapter members visit those in Assisted-Living facilities in the Anne Arundel County Community, and provides basic personal care items and holiday cards. The chapter has adopted the Kris Leigh Assisted Living Facility in Severna Park, MD.
Adopt A School - allows members of Zeta Phi Beta to identify low performing schools and provide assistance in a number of ways to enhance the educational experience, increase test scores and grades. Members purchase supplies and/or equipment, provide volunteer hours, assist with parent engagement programs and work with administrators to identify needs that may be specific to that particular school. Rho Eta Zeta Chapter supports the Van Bakkelen Elementary School, in Anne Arundel County, MD.