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.
For more information about our National Programs and partnerships, please visit www.zphib1920.org/national-programs and www.zphib1920.org/national-programs/partnerships
Zeta Phi Beta’s Stork's Nest Program
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.
Stork's Nest seeks to increase the number of healthy births by increasing the number of low-income women getting adequate medical care and social services during pregnancy. It does this by providing:
Incentives (maternity and baby items) for pregnant women who get early and regular prenatal care.
Prenatal education sessions for pregnant women and their partners to help them make informed decisions about prenatal health and baby care
Information about community resources that meet the physical and emotional needs of mothers and their families.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. sponsors over 175 Stork's Nests nationwide. The first Stork’s Nest was launched in Atlanta, Georgia in 1971. The program was so successful that Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. adopted Stork’s Nest in 1972 as its national project.
Zeta Phi Beta’s Prematurity Awareness Campaign
The March of Dimes (MOD) officially launched their Prematurity Campaign on January 30, 2003. During a planning meeting at MOD’s national headquarters in White Plains, New York with Zeta’s 22nd International President and South Carolina resident, Barbara C. Moore and her appointed National MOD Leadership Team, the Prematurity Campaign was formally introduced by MOD Foundation President Dr. Jennifer L. Howse. After some discussion of the Campaign’s mission and goals and how the Sorority could get involved with helping to raise public awareness of the problems of prematurity, President Moore suggested the initial concept of Zeta chapters and auxiliaries conducting a grassroots awareness campaign in member’s houses of worship.
After the first two years of successful implementation throughout the sisterhood, Past Grand President Moore and her National MOD Leadership Team recognized the need to expand the name and time-frame of the Sorority’s grassroots campaign and adjusted its title to the
Zeta Prematurity Awareness Program (ZPAP) in an effort to be more inclusive of all religious faiths that worship on days other than Sundays.
Zetas Helping Other People Excel (Z-HOPE)
Since 1920, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has long demonstrated an interest in serving the needs of the community and all humanity, while being at the forefront of anticipating the ever-changing needs of society. Z-HOPE: Zetas Helping Other People Excel ™ is an International Service Initiative developed to meet the most critical societal needs of the time.
Z-HOPE is an outreach service program that has six primary objectives:
To provide culturally appropriate informational activities according to the Z-HOPE program format
To foster collaborative partnerships between community organizations and entities with shared goals
To promote the opportunities for expansion of Stork's Nest programs
To facilitate community service and mentorship opportunities for members of the organization
To provide an equitable chapter recognition program for community services rendered
To provide a standard reporting format to concentrate efforts and demonstrate the organization's impact.
Spanning the Sorority's nearly thirty-year partnership with the March of Dimes to its relationship with the Human Genome Project, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority has been at the forefront of anticipating the ever-changing needs of society. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority has identified several key areas of concern as part of its programmatic thrust, and all efforts are consolidated under the banner of Z-HOPE.
For more information, please contact the South Carolina Z-HOPE Coordinator, Tonya McKenzie.