Outside of the work that we do as an organization to help our communities, Hermanas are constantly dedicating their own time and resources. We do this out of commitment to the ideals of our Hermandad, but also out of devotion to help our communities and those in need. Below are some examples of our Hermanas in the Community.
National NALFO Day of Service: Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort
New York City
Hurricane Sandy was a storm that struck several islands in the Caribbean and the east coast of the United States in late October 2012. According to Wikipedia, "Sandy is estimated in early calculations to have caused damage of at least $20 billion (2012 USD). Preliminary estimates of losses that include business interruption surpass $50 billion (2012 USD), which would make it the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane behind only Hurricane Katrina. At least 209 people were killed along the path of the storm in seven countries."
Hermanas from the New York City/Tri State region, led by Amanda Zayas (Spring 2009, Pi Alpha) spent November 10th, 2012 serving areas in our community most effected by Hurricane Sandy. Nuestras Hermanas contributed a collective 75 hours of service over the course of one day as a part of the National NALFO Day of Service Initiative.
Our Hermanas were the largest team present in our area. Hermanas helped sort, pack and distribute goods to those in need in four separate locations across the region. Fifteen Hermanas participated, representing Beta, Xi, Upsilon, Pi alpha and Pi Eta Chapters.
Epsilon Chapter Mentors at Bell Multicultural High School
Starting in January 2011, Las Hermanas of the Epsilon Chapter of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. have been volunteering at Bell Multicultural High School as a part of their H.A.C.E.R. initiative. Las Hermanas of the Epsilon Chapter have established a connection with the youth in the Columbia Heights, Washington, D.C. community. Volunteering twice a week, las Hermanas tutor in a number of subject areas such as English and Math; however, a strong focus is given on college preparation. Las Hermanas help students to develop strategies in applying for and financing their college education.
Alternative Spring Break to Guatemala
In March 2011, two of our Theta Chapter Hermanas, Saira Thadani and Nathalie Vera, participated in a different kind of Spring Break. On what should've been a fun-filled week during their collegiate career, their commitment to their community took them Guatemala to construct a boarding school for indigenous children.
Initially, they traveled with the intention of providing resources for a community with a variety of needs: educational support via the tutoring of orphaned children and children of the village, manual labor to assist in the construction of homes, and participate in educating the community on the importance of green awareness initiatives. They did that, and much more! They created a significant personal impact with the community members they worked with and for, and have continued to foster those relationships even after returning.
In total, the two of them volunteered 56 hours of service during their time in Guatemala.