December 13, 2017
When a group of people who have similar goals and values work together, great things can happen. ESA Gamma Kappa is doing just that while still having time to bond as a chapter. With only 12 members, they are small but mighty. They have monthly service projects that benefit both the community and local organizations in the suburbs of Cincinnati. The women in this chapter have a strong bond and love giving back to their community. Gamma Kappa is the December Hero because they serve as a reminder that when we work together, we can accomplish wonderful things.
Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) is a premiere leadership/service organization that offers members the programs, information and personal support needed to develop the confidence and competence to impact the world in a positive way. They have a long history of supporting a variety of organizations, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Hope for Heroes, The Cure Starts Now, and Easterseals.
Their mission statement is, “ESA is Good Friends, Good Works, and Good Times… We create activities and support causes that let us surround ourselves with welcoming, positive people who enjoy making a difference and having fun together.”
Nationally, ESA has over 34 different state, regional and collegiate chapters. They have collectively volunteered over 680,000 hours annually.
The Ohio State Council was established in 1948, and the Council is proud of how close they are as a state and how much fun they have when they’re together, their contributions to bettering the state of Ohio, and their members’ willingness to be innovative and try new things!
The ESA Gamma Kappa chapter started in 1972, and they are proud to share that they still have some of their original members involved and volunteering! Throughout the year, Gamma Kappa organizes several events that benefit people in the Greater Cincinnati community. Gamma Kappa members hosted a coat drive, a local canned-food drive, a bowl-a-thon (using Wii Bowling :)), and a walk-a-thon. In February 2018, they plan on sending Valentine’s Day cards to veterans and Meals on Wheels participants.
Kathy Solt, a member of the chapter, explained that Gamma Kappa worked with Easterseals in the past but over the years lost contact. With the new Easterseals brand and focus on community engagement they were reunited in 2016. They decided to create a high tea luncheon to benefit those served by Easterseals. She shared that it is very important for Gamma Kappa to make a difference locally. They want their donation of time and funds to go to a meaningful cause, and she couldn’t be happier to have Easterseals as the beneficiary of their work.
Kathy shared that the event was a “win-win” for both organizations. First, it gave Gamma Kappa the spark they needed to prove to themselves that despite being small in numbers (they only have 12 members), they are able to host larger events and make a difference. Second, it allowed Easterseals a way to spread awareness about the how they are changing the way the world views and defines disability by making profound, positive differences in people's lives every day. Kathy shared, “By having Danielle Gentry-Barth, VP of Marketing and Development attend the tea both years, her presence allowed for a more personal touch for the people attending and it showed Easterseals’ support for the event.”
Right now, Gamma Kappa is exploring event opportunities for 2018. The chapter wants to do something even bigger for Easterseals.
Thank you Gamma Kappa- for your continuous support!