Delta Gamma’s 2024 Hope Serving Experience at the Blind Children’s Center

Members of Delta Gamma Fraternity gather annually with passion and purpose for the transformative Hope Serving: Service-Learning Experience. At this year’s event, held for the first time at the Blind Children’s Center (BCC) from June 10–15, participants engaged in a week of hands-on service, community engagement and personal growth.

“The Blind Children’s Center was selected because of its exceptional dedication to providing inclusive early childhood education to children who are blind and visually impaired,” said Delta Gamma Learning & Engagement Specialist and Program Coordinator Dylan Rowell. “The BCC’s pioneering approach aligns perfectly with the cornerstone of Delta Gamma’s philanthropy – Service for Sight.”

The week began with an introduction to the history of the BCC and a tour of the facility, setting the stage for a meaningful and impactful experience. Delta Gamma alumnae and collegians from across the United States and Canada engaged in educational and interactive sessions that deepened their understanding of visual impairments and services for people who are disabled. These sessions provided insights into the challenges faced by visually impaired children and underscored the importance of advocating for inclusive educational practices. 

Participants interacted with families of BCC students through a panel discussion, hearing their stories and experiences navigating the complexities of raising a child with visual impairments. The program also included a unique “blind” lunch event, in which participants served and ate their lunch while blindfolded. This experience helped participants to step into the shoes of the students they were supporting.

“This experience has reinforced my belief in the power of education and community support,” said Naomi Raisman, a current student at Brown University. “It’s not just about what we do during this week, but how we carry these lessons to continue to make a difference.”

Each Hope Serving experience includes a service project benefiting the host site. This year, participants created tactile frames for the newly renovated classrooms at the BCC. Tactile frames, composed of textured materials, shapes and objects, serve as specialized educational tools designed to facilitate learning and engagement among visually impaired students.

“It was an honor to host this incredible group of women,” said BCC Chief Executive Officer Sarah Orth. “Since 1936, members of Delta Gamma have remained committed to serving individuals with blindness and severe vision loss. Their dedication and enthusiasm have truly made a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.”

For more information about the Delta Gamma Fraternity, visit DeltaGamma.org.