Community Service


Candy Tavormina, Community Service Chair

The Community Service Committee has three objectives:

1. Develop service opportunities at the local, regional, national, and international levels
2. Award two annual Service Grants for a total of $1000
3. Demonstrate 10% participation in Service activities by the active Zeta Theta members

During the year 2014/2015 the local service project was to collect toiletries such as small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and skin lotion; also oral hygiene products such as toothpaste and brushes, download virtual dating games floss, and mouthwash. All of the products can be brought to Zeta Theta meetings or given to any Board member to be given to the Chair, Candy Tavormina. ( Plans are to hand out bagged items to participants of Tent City created for the underserved population of Toledo which is held in October of each year. For 2015, 35 packets were distributed at Tent City. In addition, a $200 donation was used to purchase stocking caps, gloves, and hygiene packets for the underserved population at Tent City. Furthermore, $3,800 was donated to Family House for the purchase of a new freezer in October 2015. One $500 scholarship was received for Neighborhood Free Health Clinics for 2015-2016 and one scholarship is still available. The 50/50 raffle at the October 2015 meeting generated a $81 donation to Feed Lucas County Children.

For 2016, $200 was donated to Tent City to create hygiene packets for the homeless population in NW Ohio.  In addition, another $200 was donated to purchase mittens and gloves for the event.  A $500 scholarship was awarded for the Haiti Medical Mission Trip.

In years past $500 awards have been granted for mission trips at the national and the international level. The first was a trip to North Dakota sponsored by Mercy College of Ohio. Kathleen Jenks, MSEd, RN led a small group of students to a Native Indian reservation to offer health education at their annual summer festival. The second award was a trip to Nicaragua sponsored by the University of Toledo with students led by Denise Oancea, PhDc, MSN, MBA, RN. Healthcare and health education was completed in the rural areas.

2016 Tent City and Walk Registration Officially Open!

Tent City and the Walk to End Veteran Homelessness are less than 7 weeks – 45 days – away (but who’s counting?)! Registration for the walk and the volunteer signup are officially OPEN TODAY! Walk to End Veteran Homelessness This year, singer John Mellencamp will return to Tent City as Honorary Mayor. He will kick off the walk during a presentation at the Civic Center Mall. The walk will mark the start of Tent City weekend at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 21.

You can click here to register to participate and raise money for the walk. The fundraising website will allow you to set up your own page and share it with everyone, friends, family, or total strangers via email or social media so they can contribute to the cause. All money raised will go toward housing more veterans. Help us show John – and the nation – that Toledo cares about veterans!

Zeta Theta members interested in becoming members of the committee please contact Candy Tavormina at

Call for Applications for Community Service Awards 2016/2017

Rolling applications are now being accepted.

The purpose of this award is to recognize nurses actively involved in providing service, and or service learning opportunities to others worldwide. The scope and diversity of the project can vary according to the need for service to improve the health of the population or community being served. There are no restrictions on use of the funds as long as they are applied to service/service learning in the name of Sigma Theta Tau, and are consistent with the STTI mission.

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