Since 1899, Alpha Sigma Tau has been devoted to empowering and enriching the lives of women. Today, we continue this commitment by extending our impact beyond our own circle of Sisters.
As a Sisterhood, we contribute our share to helping all women become the best versions of themselves. That’s why we developed the Women’s Wellness Initiative as our National Philanthropy. We believe that women who achieve and maintain wellness are more likely to reach their fullest potential. The Initiative provides a platform and an outlet for members to empower women through hands-on service with our National Service Partners.
Meet our National Service Partners
Through the Initiative, we have established relationships with National Service Partners who believe in empowering women and girls in the communities where our members are. Currently, our partners include Dress for Success and Girls Who Code, and we are continuously working to add to our list of National Service Partners with other networked nonprofits committed to this purpose.
Dress for Success
Dress for Success is an international nonprofit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is an international nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Girls Who Code programs inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills they will need to pursue 21st-century opportunities.
Why Women’s Wellness?
Our members want opportunities for community service and philanthropy that are relevant to Alpha Sigma Tau’s mission, vision, and values. They want to have an impact on their local communities. They want to empower women and girls in ways that uplift generations to come. They want an exceptional national brand identity as it relates to philanthropy while maintaining the independence to choose projects most relevant to their chapters.
Through the Women’s Wellness Initiative, we are truly women empowering women. For Dress for Success, our members are hosting fundraisers, collecting donations of clothing and personal care items, volunteering, and educating students on their campus about the mission of Dress for Success. For Girls Who Code, our members are establishing Clubs, facilitating programs, volunteering at Girls Who Code events, and perpetuating Girls Who Code campaigns.
Six Dimensions of Wellness
The Women’s Wellness Initiative is grounded in the Six Dimensions of Wellness of the National Wellness Institute – a nationally-recognized leader in promoting optimal health and wellness in individuals and communities. These dimensions are the result of decades of research, which shows that individuals who achieve and maintain wellness are considerably more likely to lead successful, fulfilling lives.
Occupational wellness is the ability for one to function at an optimum level of physical, mental, and social well-being in her professional and volunteer settings. A woman who exhibits occupational wellness is challenged and supported in her place of work; contributes her unique gifts, skills, and talents toward the greater good; and is often rewarded with meaningful and fulfilling career and leadership experiences.
Physical wellness is the commitment to care for one’s body to achieve optimal health and performance. A woman who respects her body’s uniqueness and practices healthy habits while avoiding destructive behaviors can achieve optimal physical wellness. Exhibiting physical wellness can result in a state of physical, mental, and social well-being that enables women to be joyful, healthy, and confident.
Spiritual wellness is faithfulness to a personal value system, to act purposefully, and to explore the meaning of one’s existence and experiences. A woman who embraces a value system of self-forgiveness, acceptance, tolerance for the beliefs of others, and an acknowledgment of the developmental benefits of experiencing feelings is spiritually well. A woman who exhibits spiritual wellness balances her own needs with the needs of others while cultivating sincere and lasting relationships.
Emotional wellness is the awareness and management of one’s feelings and behaviors that result in positive self-esteem and healthy communication. A woman who exhibits emotional wellness develops and maintains positive relationships with others; is self-reliant while also recognizing and welcoming the support of others, and holds herself accountable and learns from her mistakes. Emotional wellness includes cultivating an optimistic attitude and being willing to tackle challenges, take risks, and recognize conflict as having healthy aspects. Through self-awareness and self-control, emotions are expressed appropriately and stress is managed effectively.
Intellectual wellness is the pursuit and cultivation of knowledge, wisdom, and culture. There is an ongoing commitment to the development of lifelong curiosity while challenging one’s mind. A woman who exhibits intellectual wellness seeks opportunities for personal intellectual growth while inspiring other people to enrich her own life and the lives of others.
Social wellness is considering the greater good in all of one’s actions and taking an active part in society. In order to contribute our share to the progress of humankind, one must think of others rather than only thinking of one’s self. A woman who exhibits social wellness develops healthy relationships in order to impact positive change in her community, career, and other environments.
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