When the Missouri State University campus closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic this spring just a few days before the Zeta Sigma chapter’s 5K philanthropy event was scheduled, the domestic violence shelter the chapter supports was not expecting any donation. But the Zeta Sigma chapter was determined to help Harmony House and the survivors there.
Within days, the chapter transitioned its in-person 5K to a virtual event. Collecting donations online through the Foundation’s Community Impact program, Zeta Sigma was able to raise almost $6,000 for Harmony House.
Shocked by the gift amid the pandemic, the staff at Harmony House set up a Zoom call to thank the Zeta Sigma chapter for the gift and shared testimonials of Zeta Sigma’s long-standing support of the shelter.
“Your gift and success just blew us away,” Harmony House Executive Director Lisa Farmer said. “Thanks for the amazing support you provide to Harmony House year after year.”
“It feels great to be able to count on these ladies to be strong supporters and advocates for survivors of domestic violence and our volunteer program,” Ivy Shelden, Harmony House’s volunteer coordinator, said. “I know the organization has our mission at heart, and I am honored to work with all of them.”
For the Zeta Sigma chapter, continuing to support Harmony House even amid a pandemic was not a question.
“These domestic violence survivors have been through so much, and it has been our mission to make them feel safe and loved,” said Chapter President Sarah Kantra. “We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to serve this unique organization and look forward to continuing to support the men and women at Harmony House in the future!”
The long-standing relationship between Zeta Sigma and Harmony House is one that benefits both organizations, and both look forward to when they can work together in person again to continue to raise awareness and end domestic violence.
“I know that every time we have an event, cause or a volunteer need, they are at the top of our list to reach out for help because it is always met with an incredible amount of support,” said Jared Alexander, Harmony House’s director of development. “I just want to add how much we appreciate their willingness to be part of our mission and create awareness for survivors in our community.”
“The staff at Harmony House is always so welcoming to the women of Zeta Sigma. They have given us amazing volunteer opportunities and even provided our chapter with prevention education,” said Vice President Philanthropy Abby Connors. “Harmony House makes a huge impact on our Springfield community, and we couldn’t be more grateful to play a little part in their mission.”