Bridging GAPZ in Bergen County
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated remains community conscious and action oriented through a number of multifaceted community service initiatives including Elder Care, Adopt-A-School, Prematurity Awareness, and Mental Health. While our international organization remains proactive in addressing current social issues through our comprehensive programs and initiatives ranging from Stork's Nest to Z-HOPE, Gamma Alpha Pi Zeta chapter bridges gaps in the Bergen County community by focusing on those initiatives dear to its members' hearts.
adopt a school
The Zeta Adopt-A-School program is an initiative to create a school and community partnership that will positively impact student achievement, attendance, and the availability of role models for students of color. While simultaneously developing a partnership with Hackensack schools, GAPZ has supported the Teaneck community with annual backpack drives since its chartering in 2020. With local educators in this groundbreaking chapter, GAPZ reaffirms its commitment to education and scholarship.
Studies have shown that Black girls and women are hyper-vulnerable to abuse. About 40 percent will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. The Domestic Violence Programmatic Initiative is rooted in building healthy relationships and ending intimate partner violence. In Bergen County GAPZ has worked with Never Alone Again, a local domestic violence organization, to break the silence and talk about this difficult topic, provide support and gifts to survivors, and renovate a new shelter.
The Elder Care initiative aims to engage, assist and empower older adults, their families, and caregivers within the communities we serve. GAPZ recognized that the pandemic disproportionately affected many communities including elders. With a goal of reducing isolation, GAPZ has continued to work with the Hackensack CareOne facility to provide holiday socks and valentines day cards to residents as well as develop relationships with caregivers.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated has been on the front lines of eradicating injustices since its inception. GAPZ continues this legacy through direct action, advocacy and leadership. GAPZ chapter members have provided election education materials, assisted community members through voter registration, and attended town halls to address local political concerns. GAPZ continues to advocate for community members and celebrate Black excellence in Bergen County
Zetas Helping Other People Excel, Z-HOPE, is an interactive, holistic, and multidimensional outreach service initiative designed to enhance, cultivate, and empower participants to develop health-promoting lifestyle choices across the lifespan. Gamma Alpha Pi Zeta has participated in food drives for local families, hosted Winter Wonderland toy drives for children of incarcerated parents, developed programming around estate planning/making your wishes known and property ownership, raised funds for St. Jude and March of Dimes and much more.
Book Bag Drive 2023
Gamma Alpha Pi Zeta's annual book bag drive is held in September to provide local students the supplies they need to kick off a successful school year. GAPZ provides over 100 book bags full of supplies to students and families from Hackensack NJ and the surrounding communities.
Read Aloud and Crafts at Teaneck Library
Bergen County Zetas bridging GAPZ in the community by celebrating and bringing awareness to the significance of Juneteenth, through participation in a Read Aloud and Crafts event at the Teaneck Library.
Stroll to the Polls
Bergen County Zetas stroll the polls promoting early voting, increased voter registration and community engagement in local politics.