Chapters support local and national speech and hearing organizations, such as Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., the only four-year liberal arts school in the world devoted wholly to the needs, instruction, and training of young people who are deaf, and the House Ear Institute, which is one of the world's foremost research, teaching, and treatment centers in the field of hearing.
The Painted Turtle
Delta Zeta adopted The Painted Turtle as a national philanthropy at the Sorority's 2006 National Convention. The Painted Turtle is an innovative medical specialty camp and family care center for children who have chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Collegians and alumnae will be volunteering at the camp and collecting needed items for the philanthropy.
The Starkey Hearing Foundation
The Starkey Hearing Foundation is an important part of Delta Zeta's national philanthropy for speech and hearing. Alumnae and collegiate chapters will collect donated hearing aids for the Foundation's Hear Now program, which assists deaf and hard-of-hearing persons with limited financial resources who permanently reside within the United States.
House Ear Institute
In 1985, the House Ear Institute, located in Los Angeles, California, became a philanthropic partner. Our first project for the Institute was the furnishing of a parents' conference room.
Since 1954, Delta Zeta Sorority has partnered with Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. It is the world's only university with undergraduate programs accessible to hearing-impaired students. In 1995, the Delta Zeta Dance Studio at Gallaudet was dedicated.