Service and Philanthropy
Sigma Mu Dogs
Every Fall quarter, Sigma Mu Delta partners with the Yolo SPCA pet shelter to co-host Sigma Mu Dogs where we bring dogs to students in need of stress relievers before the week of final exams. The philanthropy overall is beneficial to the animals and students because students are able to relieve their stress through fluffy therapy. At the same time, the dogs who come in from the pet shelter are given the opportunity to play with people and fulfill their interactive needs in regards to their long periods without any owners to love them. Although playing with the puppies is free and open to the UC Davis public, we accept donations in which all proceeds go back directly to the Yolo SPCA in order to fund all operations supporting the animals at the pet shelter. Guests at SMDogs are also given the opportunity to potentially adopt any of the dogs at the event so that they can immediately find new, loving homes on the spot.
The Yolo County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or Yolo SCPA, was founded in 1974 by a small group of dedicated people committed to improving the lives of animals in the area. Through the years, we have grown and expanded our programs to help better serve the animals, and people, of Yolo County. Through adoption events, public education and outreach, and active promotion of the benefits of spaying and neutering, Yolo County SPCA strives to provide a better future for the people and pets in our community.
The mission of Yolo SPCA is to continuously improve the welfare of animals in the community through programs that promote the adoption of homeless animals into permanent, loving homes; humane education; spay/neutering; and the trapping, altering, and releasing of feral cats.
Annually in October, Sigma Mu Delta volunteers with Sahaya International to help organize Sahaya Walks. Sahaya Walks is a family-oriented annual event to celebrate that we can make a difference in the lives of 33 HIV-infected children and youth programs of Sahaya International in India followed by a short march around the block to commemorate the HIV-infected children whose lives have been impacted by Sahaya Walks.
Sahaya International was founded in 1999 by Dr. Koen Van Rompay who is HIV/AIDS researcher at UC Davis. Sahaya means “HELP” in sanskrit. Sahaya International consists of a large network of people who volunteer their time to build awareness and support of healthcare, education, environmental and socio-economic grassroots programs in developing countries. Together we believe we can contribute towards a world where everyone gets chances to succeed and live together in peace and respect with others, and with nature. Sahaya supports programs in India, Kenya, Vietnam, the Philippines and Uganda. To learn more about these programs, go to www.sahaya.org.
In India, Sahaya supports the organization READ (Rural Education and Action Development), which has been active in the region of Andimadam, in Ariyalur District (Tamil Nadu). READ runs a large number of programs. The adults and youth of this community are building a better future through improved education, healthcare and socio-economic opportunities such as small businesses and vocational training. We are honored to have a role in their work. Sahaya Walks is focused specifically on helping HIV-infected children and youth in their programs with the grassroots organization READ in South-India.
Sahaya is 100% volunteer-based and keeps costs to an absolute minimum. In addition, most administrative costs are covered by officers and board members, so that almost 100% of donations ends up being sent to the programs overseas.
To learn more about the history of Sahaya International, watch their short-documentary “Sahaya Going Beyond”.
Relay for Life
Sigma Mu Delta participates in Relay for Life every Spring in support of cancer awareness and to commemorate all of those who have been impacted by cancer including survivors, victims, and friends and family of victims.
Relay For Life is a community-based philanthropy event for the American Cancer Society. Each year, more than 5000 Relay For Life events take place in over twenty countries with UC Davis being one of these many communities. The mission of Relay For Life is to raise funds to improve cancer survival, decrease the incidence of cancer, and improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their caretakers.
At Relay for Life, brothers of Sigma Mu Delta as well as other members of the community take part in their mission by raising funds dedicated to the cause and camp out at the event for 24 hours in which a portion of our members are always awake at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don't stop because they're tired, and for one night, neither do we. Each year, we set up a themed campsite at the event and continue fundraising efforts by collecting donations through various services such as selling food, goods, games, and activities. It is estimated that Relay For Life events internationally have raised nearly $5 billion to date.