In the spring of 2008, Upsilon Mu Zeta Chapter saw a need to establish a non-profit component. Five members came together to do the groundwork: Janice Brown, Gwendolyn F. Darensburg, Taifa S. Darensburg, Vanora Legaux and Belinda Rodgers. The application submitted for the 501(c) 3 approval was granted, and thus birthed “Doves of Peace Incorporated”.
Upsilon Mu Zeta Chapter’s Doves of Peace, Inc. have presented College Book Stipend Awards to graduating seniors in St. Charles, St. James, and St. John the Baptist Parishes, since 2009. To date, in excess of $7,000.00 in book stipends awards have been presented for high scholastic achievement, leadership and community service.
Members of Upsilon Mu Zeta Chapter have the heart for community service and enjoy giving of themselves as a way to implement the principals of Z-HOPE, (Zetas Helping Other People Excel). Throughout the River Parishes, members of Upsilon Mu Zeta Chapter’s Doves of Peace, Inc. are found implementing community service programs or supporting local agencies at community service events. Members volunteer annually at events such as, the Senior Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by the St. John the Baptist Sheriff Department, The St. John the Baptist Parish 40th Judicial District Children and Youth Services Planning Board Prevention Committee Teen Town Hall Meeting, and the Youth Fishing Camp. Members also supported Emily C. Watkins Elementary School mentoring program as presenters on self-esteem and different professions, Trunk or Treat, and Bingo Game.
On March 21, 2015, in recognition of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.’s Finer Womanhood Month, Doves of Peace, Inc. conducted and documented its first Community Health Fair held at New Wine Christian Fellowship in Laplace. Fifteen healthcare agencies participated, and all visitors to the health fair received invaluable information, and approximately 80% of the visitors received health screening.