National Programs

Zetas Helping Other People Excel 

       "Z-HOPE - Zetas Helping Other People Excel From the Sorority’s inception, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has long demonstrated an interest in serving the needs of the community. Spanning the Sorority’s nearly thirty-year partnership with the March of Dimes to its relationship with the Human Genome Project, Zeta Phi Beta has been at the forefront of anticipating the ever-changing needs of society.​​

What are the objectives of Z-HOPE?

       Z-HOPE is an outreach service program that has six primary objectives, corresponding measures of success and a mechanism for chapter recognition. 

The primary objectives are:
  • To provide culturally appropriate informational activities according to the Z-HOPE program format
  • To foster collaborative partnerships between community organizations with shared goals
  • To promote the opportunities for expansion in 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"
Xi Mu Zeta hosts a mentoring program at Clara Barton Elementary School under the direction of Soror Janet Gardner and a combined program at Pershing Magnet School with Doolittle Elementary School under the direction of Soror Dawn Edwards, all in Chicago, Illinois. Chapter members meet with young ladies to discuss topics such as self-esteem, peer pressure, building and maintaining relationships, self-care and social media.
March for Babies
 Working together with March of Dimes for healthier babies. Xi Mu Zeta participates in the annual March for Babies walk as well as a clothing drive.
Girl Power
The "Girl Power Program" encompassing the spirit of our National signature program ZHOPE, Xi Mu Zeta Chapter and The Pearl Foundation™ take a holistic approach to servicing the community. Honoring our commitment to the community, we have formed alliances with other organizations, especially seeking out organizations that demonstrate outstanding compassion and support for women and children in need.  ​

       We develop signature programs with the support of The Pearl Foundation™ to fulfill specific needs of the community. These programs include the Girl Power program, developed to address the myriad of issues currently affecting young women and girls today, including building healthy relationships, financial independence, healthy eating habits, and non-traditional careers for women. The program fosters an environment for the youth to speak freely about their concerns and pressures in today's world. They have the opportunity to speak to professional women from a variety of careers as well as meet other youth with similar interests. 

       Girl Power will help pave the way for girls, ages 7 through high school, to build confidence, competence and pride in themselves. It will help them see that they have the “Power” to say no to any negative situation and make positive decisions about their lives. The program is a half day of fun-filled, interactive workshops and is open to all girls in the surrounding community. Xi Mu Zeta Chapter is proud to be a positive influence on the youth and gladly adopted Girl Power as a back-to-school initiative by encouraging local organizations to donate much needed school supplies to our Girl Power registrants.
American Cancer Society
 ​​​​​​October is breast cancer awareness month and Xi Mu Zeta raises funds for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk during that time frame. members showed up bright and early wearing the custom white or pink chapter breast cancer walk tshirts created by Soror Tasneem Griffin.  

       Xi Mu Zeta also participates in the national American Cancer Society’s Wigs for Awareness program. The Z-HOPE committee collected wigs throughout the year. "
Bowling 4 Babies
  "Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Xi Mu Zeta Chapter, along with The Pearl Foundation™, presents our Spring Premier Fundraiser – “Bowling 4 Babies”. Proceeds will benefit our Stork’s Nest, located at Ingalls Memorial Hospital. Stork’s Nest, a national program in cooperation with the March of Dimes, is a community-based, prenatal health education program designed to promote prenatal care participation and healthy behaviors during pregnancy. Proceeds will also assist us in providing much needed scholarship opportunities to graduating high school students for the coming year. 

       “Bowling 4 Babies” is an annual candlelight bowling event. Friends and supporters make a small donation to bowl, have refreshments, enjoy music and participate in a raffle. If you will not be able to join us, please be our “Bowling 4 Babies Partner” by making a tax deductible donation to the event. If you have any questions or require additional information, do not hesitate to contact us at "
American Heart Association
  ​In recognition of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, Xi Mu Zeta observed national Wear Red Day by having all chapter members wear red to the February 2015 meeting. The chapter has annually observed Wear Red Day.
NEF- National Educational Foundation
The Mission of the Zeta Phi Beta National Educational Foundation, Inc. ​

"To support higher education achievement through scholarships and conduct community education programs and related research to improve individual and community living standards. "

Stork's Nest

The Stork's Nest Baby Shower is held every two months, on the third Saturday, 11-2pm, in the Professional Building at Ingalls Hospital, in Harvey, Illinios. Expectant mothers interact with other pregnant women, particpate in raffles for baby items and receive a welcome bag and mothers exiting the program receive a car seat for the new baby. Annually, expectant moms take a field trip to Mejier for a healthy eating seminar and recieve a Meijer's gift card.

"Stork’s Nest is a community-based, prenatal health promotion program for low-income pregnant women. The program is designed to promote prenatal care participation and healthy behaviors during pregnancy through two components—incentives and education. Stork’s Nest clients “earn” points toward incentives, such as maternity or baby care items, through a variety of positive, health-promoting activities.  ​​

       Stork’s Nest seeks to increase the number of healthy births in communities by increasing the number of lower-income pregnant women receiving adequate medical care and social services during their pregnancies. It does this by providing: incentives (clothing and nursery items) for expectant mothers who attend prenatal care visits early and regularly, which improves the chances of having a healthy birth. Also, by providing opportunities for pregnant women and their partners to participate in educational programs so they can make informed decisions related to prenatal health, nutrition, and parenting. And finally, by providing information and referrals to community resources which meet needs concerning the physical and emotional well-being of mothers and their families.  

       The potential clients of Stork’s Nest are lower-income pregnant women receiving prenatal care in cooperating clinics, hospitals, or other health care facilities and high-risk pregnancy programs in the communities to be served. In general, “walk-ins” are not permitted to earn points at Stork’s Nest until they show proof of prenatal care enrollment via a provider referral form. However, all pregnant women and their partners who attend Stork’s Nest educational sessions may earn points toward incentive items available at the Nest.  

       Health professionals or volunteers from participating prenatal care agencies and organizations refer pregnant women to the Stork’s Nest program, based on financial need and other criteria. Social service agencies such as WIC, welfare-to-work training programs, and others may also participate in partnership with Stork’s Nest. However, all Stork’s Nest clients must be enrolled in prenatal care to participate in the program "

Southland Coalition to Conquer Breast Cancer

Xi Mu Zeta has partnered with Southland Coalition to Conquer Breast Cancer for more than a decade. The coalition host an annual breast cancer forum in October to educate breast cancer patients on new treatments and raise awareness among minority women. Xi Mu Zeta assists with registration, donates the forum bags, and serves as hostesses.

Better Love Yourself Foundation

One of Xi Mu Zeta's very own, Soror Terisa Griffin, established the Better Love Yourself Foundation. The foundation's mission is to assist college-bound women and men by supplying them with dormitory and off-campus living supplies. During Xi Mu Zeta's Finer Womanhood Luncheon in March 2015, the chapter announced a donation of five dorm trunks to the BLY foundation. Chapter members also attended various fundraisers throughout the year in support of the BLY Foundation. 

Learn more about BLY Foundation
  Ingalls Hospital and Xi Mu Zeta partnered in 2004. Ingalls Hospital is the home of Xi Mu Zeta's Stork's Nest. Xi Mu Zeta currently participates in the hospital's annual KidFest in July. The Chapter provides information regarding our youth auxiliaries and Stork's Nest program. There are also games and goodies for the kids. This is the second year Xi Mu Zeta particpated in the hospital's Babypalooza on May 16th. The chapter was on hand to distribute information on Stork's Nest and healthy snacks to expectant mothers.

City of Markham

       Xi Mu Zeta moved its meetings to Markham City Hall in 2008, with a vision to have a greater impact on the community. The chapter participates in Markham's Winter Wonderland, Drive the Dixie and Markham Fest. Drive the Dixie, a parade of vintage cars, is a chapter favorite.
Girl Power & Prairie Hills Jr. High & S.W.A.G.G.
 Xi Mu Zeta Chapter partnered with S.W.A.G.G (Students with a Goal of Greatness) in 2014 to host Girl Power. The annual event is held at Prairie Hills Junior High School, in Markham, Illinios. Girls from ages 7-17 enjoy workshops, refreshments and entertainment. Girl Power was developed to address the myriad of issues affecting young women, including building healthy relationships, self-esteem and non-traditional careers for women.