Zeta Phi Beta National Initiatives

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is honored to have formed many wonderful community-based partnerships over the past 85 years. Whether administering our Z-HOPE program or giving financial assistance through our National Education Foundation, we do so with the understanding that service to the community is our greatest legacy. 

Sigma Phi Zeta seeks to address and honor these causes in the communities of Lake County, Illinois.  For ten years we have sought out and celebrated partnerships with various community groups and agencies, as well as the local branches of our national partners.  In whatever form service is needed, we make it our business to get involved.

Z-HOPE: Zetas Helping Other People Excel

From the Sorority’s inception, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has long demonstrated an interest in serving the needs of the community. Spanning the Sorority’s nearly thirty-year partnership with the March of Dimes to its relationship with the Human Genome Project, Zeta Phi Beta has been at the forefront of anticipating the ever-changing needs of society.

What are the objectives of Z-HOPE?

Z-HOPE is an outreach service program that has six primary objectives, corresponding measures of success and a mechanism for chapter recognition.

The primary objectives are:

  • To provide culturally appropriate informational activities according to the Z-HOPE program format.

  • To foster collaborative partnerships between community organizations with shared goals

  • To promote the opportunities for expansion in Stork’s Nest programs.

  • To facilitate community service and mentorship opportunities for members of the organization.

  • To provide an equitable chapter recognition program for community services rendered.

  • To provide a standard reporting format to concentrate efforts and demonstrate the organization’s impact.

Z-NEF: Zeta National Educational Foundation

The National Educational Foundation of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. with 501(c)3 status is created and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. The principle activities and purpose of the trust are to award scholarship grants to worthy students for the pursuit of higher education; to conduct community educational programs which will aid in the educational and vocational improvement in individual and community living standards; to engage in activities which will aid in the educational development of all women; and to engage in any appropriate research related to the purposes of the Foundation scholarship.

Stork's Nest

Since 1972, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority has enjoyed a partnership with the March of Dimes in an effort to encourage women to seek prenatal care within the first trimester of pregnancy, thereby increasing the prevention of birth defects and infant mortality. Nationwide, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. sponsors over 175 Stork’s Nests. 



The Stork’s Nest Program is designed to promote prenatal care participation and healthy behaviors during the pregnancy through two components - incentives and education. Stork’s Nest clients “earn” points toward incentives, such as maternity or baby care items, through a variety of positive, health-promoting activities such as attending prenatal care appointments, participating in prenatal education classes, keeping appointments for well-baby visits.

The Stork’s Nest prenatal education sessions provide information, educational materials, and a variety of other resources and referrals that help clients take good care of themselves and their babies.

SIGMA PHI ZETA  WELCOMES YOU!!!

Welcome to the virtual home of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Sigma Phi Zeta Chapter. Here you can find information and news about our chapter and beloved sorority. We welcome and encourage you to look around and learn more about who we are.

SPZ Celebrates Finer Womanhood in the Community!

Meet the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Sigma Phi Zeta Chapter of Waukegan, IL

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A Finer Woman is someone who epitomizes the true ideals of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She is seen by all as a leader and sets the example of a true woman of excellence. She is strong and principled and demonstrates great moral character. Finer women do not degrade other women yet seeks opportunities to uplift every woman to her true measure of brilliance. With this in mind, the women of Sigma Phi Zeta conduct themselves in a manner that represents the positive standards of the organization, and throughout the month of March, we will celebrate and showcase the women we feel exemplify the Finer Womanhood characteristics in the Lake County community, as well.

Bonnie Berger-Neel

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Annual Lake County Poetry and Prose Competition

Lead the coordination of this event and key in attaining sponsorship to reward the winners with cash and awards, since 2012.  This outreach program is designed to give High School students in Waukegan, North Chicago and Zion communities, the opportunity to express themselves through poetry and prose. Pre Covid 19, the program attracted from 100 to 200 students annually.  Bonnie’s goal is to expand the program to other Lake County communities. High School students who are interested in this competition are encouraged to have their parent/ guardian email her at: BonnieBergnerNeel@Yahoo.Com for additional information, referencing Annual Lake County Poetry and Prose Competition.

Mentoring Youth Participating in Tenth Dem Internship Program

Co-chair of this Non-for-Profit organization and currently manages the Waukegan Office and has managed other satellite offices as well.  Her role includes, but not limited to, interviewing potential candidates, mentoring the interns and working with the Executive Committee for fundraising events.

Instrumental in Organizing and Raising Funds to Incentives the Youth

Spearheads the annual youth incentives and awards for First Baptist Church Christmas Program in North Chicago, IL, where youths from surrounding communities participate.   Raises funds for Back to School Events and is recognized as a strong supporter to the success of the program.

Coalition to Reduce Recidivism

Actively work with this committee to reduce the rate of convicted criminals to be repeat offenders.  The program is designed to address the needs of citizens while incarcerated, as well as, to help them when they are released. 

CONTACT US

P.O. Box 9028 

Waukegan, IL. 60079

Tel: 224-698-ZETA (9382) 

zetapublicrelations@gmail.com

2021 Finer Womanhood Schedule of Events

Finer Womanhood is defined as, “distinguishing characteristics of a woman, one superior in kind, quality, or appearance; marked by or affecting elegance or refinement.”

The ladies of Sigma Phi Zeta Chapter are excited to present to you the 2021 Finer Womanhood Month. While this past year has been nothing normal, our Fall 2019 Intake Class wanted to create a Finer experience that any "Finer" woman can enjoy and participate in throughout the month of March. From spirituality...to Fitness and Wellness activities, join the ladies of Sigma Phi Zeta Chapter on this Finer Womanhood Journey!

Take a moment to view the schedule of events below and click on the link corresponding to the event to join or register. For more information, please contact Brandy Johnson at bjohnson0927@gmail.com

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