Alpha Gamma Delta: Teeter Totter Tailgate

Members of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority sitting on the teeter totter at NWU’s football game. (Photo by Lexi Nordby.)

On October 1st, the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority had their annual Teeter Totter Tailgate. This is when members of the AGD sorority sit on a teeter totter for 24 hours. This is a big thing for the sorority because all proceeds go towards supporting their philanthropy: Fighting Hunger. They support this cause because there are people all around the world who do not have food security and often do not know when they will have their next meal. This is very scary for some people so the AGDs try their best to support and end this challenge for them. For the AGDs, September is the month to fight hunger, but they are seen supporting this cause throughout the entire year. The members of AGD can be found on the weekends volunteering to deliver meals for Meals on Wheels.  

When asked what Philanthropy meant to her, Paige VanSkiver a sophomore English / history double major from Sutherland, Nebraska responded with this: “Philanthropy to me is all about giving back to your community through hard work and determination. Ever since I was in high school, I can remember going to different community service events and helping those who need it the most. My favorite thing about philanthropy would be the results of the impact I’m making on another person’s life. It makes me feel so happy when I see my sisters participating in a philanthropic event simply because we are making the world a better place. They have the genuine desire to give help to someone else without expecting anything in return, and I think that is a very beautiful thing.”

Asked the same question, Kallan Sorenson, Alpha Gamma Delta’s Vice President of Philanthropy says, “To me, philanthropy is based in the desire to help others and contribute meaningfully to the betterment of the community. It is a combination of the desire to help, as well as actively making a contribution of some kind that helps meet a need within that community. Through philanthropy, people are able to support one another by using their available resources, whether it be in the form of financial contributions, item donations, or volunteering their time, to provide for the needs of those who do not have access to the same resources. This is one of the things that makes it such a fulfilling and exciting area to work in; recognizing one’s capabilities and using it to help others is important to an empathetic and well-functioning society that includes everyone. I think a lot of people, especially those our age, do not realize how lucky they are to be able to do seemingly mundane things like buy groceries or walk unassisted. Getting involved in community efforts and philanthropy is great for all parties involved and seeing how just a bit of your time can change someone’s whole life really makes the little things stand out.” Sorenson is a junior nursing major from Stone Mountain, Georgia. 

AGD holds an annual teeter totter tailgate in their front lawn with all proceeds going towards Fighting Hunger. (Lexi Nordby.)

The two were also asked, “Why is fighting hunger important to you?”

VanSkiver replied with “Fighting hunger is important to me because it impacts so many people not just around the world, but in our own community. I see plenty of things almost every day that are related to people not being able to afford enough food to keep themselves sustained for long periods of time, even in Lincoln. Scientifically, extreme hunger and malnutrition can make it hard for children to develop, cause immune issues, and it can also inhibit people’s work ethic and livelihood. Food is one of the main sources of life, and without it, humans cannot function. By enabling people to receive the nourishment that they need, I think organizations like Feeding America and Meals on Wheels are helping people to lead a more proficient life.”

Sorenson replied: “Hunger is such an important issue because it affects nearly every single community in the United States, yet so many people don’t even realize it. Not only is food necessary for survival, but it is also prominent from a social standpoint. Not being able to provide for your basic human needs and nourish your body, as well as your soul because of a lack of access to food is something nobody should have to face in 2022. It’s important that everyone’s basic needs are met and to ensure adequate access to resources that provide for them. Using our voices to advocate for change and giving our time back to the community helps get there a little quicker. Every little bit makes the biggest difference and can change a life forever, and that’s why this work is so important to keep up.”

Multiple members are sitting on the teeter totter at NWU’s football game. (Lexi Nordby.)

The members of Alpha Gamma Delta are very passionate about supporting the Lincoln community and helping fight hunger. They strive to better a community so that everyone has food security and knows when their next meal will be.