Since 1972, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority has enjoyed a partnership with the March of Dimes in an effort to encourage women to seek prenatal care within the first trimester of pregnancy, thereby increasing the prevention of birth defects and infant mortality. The Stork’s Nest program was developed in the Southeastern Region. As a part of this partnership, Zeta Phi Beta developed the Stork’s Nest Program, which is designed to promote prenatal care participation and healthy behaviors during the pregnancy through two components - incentives and education.
The Stork's Nest prenatal education sessions provide information, educational materials and a variety of other resources and referrals that help clients take good care of themselves and their babies. Stork's Nest clients "earn" points toward incentives, such as maternity or baby care items, through a variety of positive, health-promoting activities such as attending prenatal care appointments, participating in prenatal education classes, keeping appointments for well-baby visits.
Nationwide, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. sponsors over 80 Stork's Nests, with more than 28,000 being served by the program last year. Zeta is currently celebrating Over 45 years of partnership with the March of Dimes.
Z-HOPE (Zetas Helping Other People Excel through Mind, Body, and Spirit)
From the Sorority's inception, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has focused on serving the needs of the community.
With this in mind, Zeta Phi Beta’s signature program, Z-HOPE: Zetas Helping Other People Excel ™, was launched. Z-HOPE is an outreach service program that has six primary objectives, including providing culturally appropriate informational activities according to the Z-HOPE program format; fostering collaborative partnerships between community organizations with shared goals; promoting the opportunities for expansion in Stork's Nest programs; and facilitating community service and mentorship opportunities for members of the organization.
The program focuses on specific populations: women, children, seniors and international women. Since its inception in 2002, the sorority has served more than 500,000 individuals in these populations.
For more information about Zeta Phi Beta Sorority's International Service Initiative, Z-HOPE, please contact Soror Karen Gipson, Z-HOPE Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
National Education Foundation (Z-NEF)
The National Education Foundation of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. with 501c3 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 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 Scholarships. Visit http://www.zpbnef1975.org for more information and scholarships opportunities for the community and current members.
ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY'S INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is honored to have formed many wonderful community-based partnerships over the past 85 years. Whether administering our Z-HOPE program or giving financial assistance through our National Educational Foundation, we do so with the understanding that service to the community is our greatest legacy.