City Treasurer, City Leaders, and the March of Dimes Honor Sigma Gamma Rho for 100 Years of Public and Community Service and Commitment to Empowering Communities by Education


 City Treasurer, City Leaders, and the March of Dimes Honor Sigma Gamma Rho for 100 Years of Public and Community Service and Commitment to Empowering Communities by Education

Chicago, Ill. -- City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin joined
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, members of the Black Caucus, and representatives from the March of Dimes to honor one of the nation’s
most historic Black Greek letter organizations, Sigma Gamma
Rho Sorority, Inc., and to thank its 100,000 members for the
contributions to Chicago’s – and the nation’s – African American
communities for the past 100 years.

The International President of Sigma Gamma Rho, Rasheeda
S. Liberty, received a city resolution from Mayor Lightfoot
and Treasurer Conyears-Ervin during Wednesday’s City Council
meeting. The resolution lauded the sorority members for their
roles in community and public service in Chicago and across
the country, including their volunteering efforts in and 40-year
partnership with the March of Dimes. It also recognized the
sorority’s ongoing commitment to continuing the mission of its
seven founders whose shared commitment to empowering Black
communities through education was the motivation for founding
the sorority at Butler University on Nov. 12, 1922.

The March of Dimes, the nation’s leader in mom and baby
health, recognized the sorority for its decades of being a valuable
partner and most recently for its support of its major campaign
aimed at reducing the preterm birthrate. Sigma Gamma Rho’s
contributions include the following:

Raised $2 million to support Prematurity Awareness
Created approximately 5,000 personal care kits for Project
Cradle Care benefitting hospital neonatal intensive care units and
expectant moms Supported military families by providing nearly 1,500 onesies and 1,000 bibs.


Recruited hundreds of community supporters to participate
in public events.  
Among its active sorority members in public service are U.S. Representative Robin Kelly and City Treasurer Conyears-Ervin.
Following the presentation, more than 75 sorority members
attended a luncheon in their honor hosted by Treasurer Conyears-
Ervin, a member of the sorority’s Theta Chi Sigma chapter
for 26 years.

“By prioritizing education in our underserved communities, we can help people climb the economic ladder which starts by enhancing financial knowledge and putting them on the path to a more prosperous future. That’s why I made “building wealth today for tomorrow” the mission of the Treasurer’s office. I’m proud that we’re helping Chicagoans learn how to find affordable housing, invest in the stock market, and grow small businesses. Thanks to a solid financial education, we’re building a better life today, and a better future for more people,” said Conyears-Ervin.

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