National and Local Organizations
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDs Foundation
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Seeks To Prevent Pediatric HIV Infection And To Eradicate Pediatric AIDS Through Research, Advocacy, And Prevention And Treatment Programs. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Was Adopted As One Of AEPhi’s National Philanthropies In 2000. The Foundation Was Founded In 1988 By AEΦ Alumna Elizabeth Meyer Glaser And Her Two Close Friends AEΦ Alumna Susie Bernstein Zeegen (Xi Chapter, University Of Southern California) And Susan DeLaurentis, Shortly After Elizabeth And Her Husband, Paul, Discovered That She, Along With Their Two Children Ariel And Jake, Were Infected With The AIDS Virus As A Result Of A Blood Transfusion. The Zeta Chapter Is Happy To Support Such An Amazing Organization.
Sharsheret, Hebrew For “Chain”, Is A National Not-For-Profit Organization Supporting Young Women And Their Families, Of All Jewish Backgrounds, Facing Breast Cancer. Their Mission Is To Offer A Community Of Support To Women Diagnosed With Breast Cancer Or At Increased Genetic Risk, By Fostering Culturally-Relevant Individualized Connections With Networks Of Peers, Health Professionals, And Related Resources.
First Step is a non-profit organization that has provided a wide range of services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Wayne County since 1978. Though they initially started as just one short term shelter, First Step now has a presence in over 35 communities with services including housing, legal advice, support groups, community education, and children’s advocacy and prevention programs. Items such as food, clothing, household goods, and other basic needs of survivors in transition are provided, as well. First Step is also known for their 24-hour help line which provides crisis intervention and support, and their assault response team, which is on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Since adopting First Step as their local philanthropy in 2019, the Phi Sigma Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Phi has been able to host several small fundraising and philanthropy events and is hoping to establish an annual fundraising event within the next year.