Maybe you had an unsuccessful rush in college, or you didn’t rush at all. Maybe you attended a college without a greek system, or didn’t attend college at all. Maybe you were a member of a service or professional sorority, or were a member of a local that folded. Whatever the reason, you’ve found yourself longing for sisterhood, and are thinking about joining a sorority. You are not alone! Thousands of women past the traditional college age have found their sorority home in one of the many community sororities. (Community sororities are also known as civic sororities, non-academic sororities, non-collegiate sororities, adult sororities, or philanthropic sororities.)
For over a century, community sororities have provided sisterhood for women who chose to join. Membership in a community sorority can be just as rewarding and is usually a better fit for most post-college women than trying to become an alumna initiate of a collegiate sorority. There are more than 20 community sororities located across the US and Canada, so there are a lot possibilities to find a sorority that is a good match for your interests and needs. Usually membership in these sororities is available by invitation to women over 18 years of age, with each one having its own membership selection process.
If there is not a chapter in your area of the communitiy sorority that you are interested in, don't be discouraged. While each one has its own policies regarding starting new chapters, most community sororities except Tri-Kappa seem open to the prospect of expansion if there is not a chapter in your area.
The community sororities are, in alphabetical order:
Beta Sigma Phi
Founded: 1931 in Abilene, Kansas
Size: ~9000 active chapters, 250,000 members
Location: All US states, Canadian provinces, and 23 countries.
Purpose: to unite congenially in fellowship and friendship those women accepted for membership; to promote cultural development of such members...; to foster association with each other in pursuit of the liberal arts
Philanthropy: Each chapter determines its own service projects
Contact: 12201 Burncourt Rd #102, Timonium, MD 21093-8110
Size: 6 chapters
Location: Arkansas, Maryland, Virginia
Delta Chi Sigma
Location: California, Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Ontario, Canada.
Delta Sigma Kappa
Contact: Supreme Council, 1410 Kensington Blvd, Ft. Wayne, IN 46805-5338
Founded: November 24, 1924 in Lafayette, Indiana
Location: Indiana, Ohio
Delta Theta Chi
Founded: 1920 in Chicago, Illinois
Size: ~43 chapters
Location: Arkansas, California, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Washington
Purpose: to promote cultural education, to foster personal development and good citizenship, to form a nation-wide fellowship, to attain a broader outlook and enjoyment of contact with those of similar purposes and ideals.
Philanthropy: Breast Cancer and Literacy
Delta Theta Tau
Founded: 1903 in Muncie, Indiana
Size: 120 active chapters and 59 alumnae associations
Location: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington
Purpose: Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Inc. is a national women's organization dedicated to the advancement of philanthropy and charity, nonsectarian, nonacademic, promoting welfare for all and fostering the spirit of good fellowship
Philanthropy: Annual national philanthropic project. Last year's project was the National Ectodermal Dysplasia Foundation
Epsilon Sigma Alpha
Founded: 1929 in Jacksonville, Texas
Size: over 1000 chapters
Location: most US states
Purpose: the development of a well-balanced lifestyle that encourages members to develop personal talents to pursue excellence in all aspects of daily life.
Philanthropy: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Easter Seals
Other Info: Epsilon Sigma Alpha has numerous avenues in which to participate. Traditional chapters are open to persons 18 years of age and older, regardless of race, color, creed, or national origin. ESA also features active youth chapters for young women not yet 18 years of age; Collegiate Sorority Chapters to accommodate members within academic settings; and men’s chapters. In addition, an Associate Membership is also available, where individuals and companies can support ESA without belonging to an established chapter.
Kappa Delta Phi
Founded: prior to 1925
Location: Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky
Purpose: To teach sisterly love, Loyalty to God, to Country and to Kappa Delta Phi. Sublimity of ideals and affections. Intellectual and cultural development. To spread good cheer. To be a social influence in the community. To be of civic service to the community. To honor and perpetuate the glories of American Womanhood
Philanthropy: Occupational therapy education
Other Info: Not affiliated with the collegiate sorority Kappa Delta Phi NAS.
Kappa Kappa Kappa
Contact: Central Office (317)876-7481
Founded: 1901 in Indianapolis, Indiana
Size: 146 active chapters, 130 associate chapters, 11,000 members
Purpose: to bring women into close, unselfish relationship for the promotion of charity, culture and education.
Philanthropy: Each Tri Kappa chapter has special projects in its community
Other Info: Exists only within the boundaries of Indiana. Called Tri-Kappa, never KKK.
Lambda Tau Delta
Contact: 730 Newberry Ave, La Grange Park, IL, United States
Phone: (708) 354-2119
Location: Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan
Philanthropy: Heartspring, Aid to the Handicapped
Contact: Grand Council of Omega Nu Sorority, 125 Linden St, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-1017
Founded: April 4, 1903
Size: 13 chapters
Purpose: serves the own community through charity and service
Contact: Phone: 515-255-3153
Founded: 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College
Size: ~250,000 members
Location: US and Canada
Purpose: Friendship is the cornerstone the Founders laid for our unique Sisterhood, and P.E.O. continues to be a source of encouragement and support for women to realize their potential in whatever worthwhile endeavor they choose.
Phi Beta Psi
Founded: 1904 in Columbus, Ohio
Size: 87 chapters, 2100 active members
Location: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington
Purpose: The purpose of Phi Beta Psi is to participate in charitable work, to promote fraternal relationship among its members and to establish and assist other chapters of Phi Beta Psi.
Philanthropy: Cancer Research
Phi Epsilon Phi
Contact: Phi Epsilon Phi National Office, PO Box 4096, Burlingame, CA 94011-4096
Size: 16 chapters
Purpose:To strive for increased knowledge, To be impartial in our judgement of others. To reach maturity through an understanding of ourselves. To establish a relationship with those around us, where we practice moderation, tranquility, kindness, and honor. To practice the art of being a friend, and thus, give and gain greater happiness
Philanthropy: Cancer Research and The Alzheimers Association
Phi Tau Omega
Founded: March 8, 1925
Size: 36 chapters, 500 active members
Location: Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri
Size: 23 chapters
Location: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania
Psi Delta Sigma
Founded: February 21, 1921
Size: 6 chapters
Philanthropy: United Cerebral Palsy
Psi Iota Xi
Founded: 1897 in Muncie, Indiana
Size: 150 chapters, 5000 active members
Location: Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee
Purpose: The primary purpose of Psi Iota Xi is to be of service with time, money, and love in cooperation with the community
Philanthropy: Speech and hearing
Size: over 50 chapters
Location: California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin
Philanthropy: Heartspring, a national private residential school for children with severe multiple disabilities.
Other Info: Not affiliated with the agriculture sorority Sigma Alpha.
Founded: 1922 in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Size: 37 active chapters
Location: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, and Ohio
Philanthropy: Scholarships for disabled college students and other national charity projects
Sigma Phi Gamma
Founded: August 29, 1920 in Hartford City, Indiana
Location: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Ontario, Canada.
Purpose: Promote True friendship among women throughout the world; Work for higher standards among young people; Perform service work whenever and wherever possible.
Philanthropy: helping and giving to the communities in which they live
Theta Delta Xi
Size: 3 chapters
Motto: To have a friend is to be a friend
Philanthropy: Focus on youth and people with disabilities, with more than $500,000 over the years going to Jewish Family and Children’s Services; the campership fund of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco; Etgarim, a disabled children’s and youth program in Israel; Ronald McDonald House; and the National Association for the Visually Handicapped.
Other Info: Theta Delta Xi has a historically Jewish emphasis.
Theta Sigma Phi
Contact: 447 Clintwood Ave, La Puente, CA 91744-3508
Founded: June 1, 1907
Size: 7 chapters
Purpose: To educate disabled students
Other Info: Not affiliated with the collegiate journalism group Theta Sigma Phi.
Theta Tau Theta
Contact: 1051 Trojan Ave, San Leandro, CA 94579-2112
Size: 8 Chapters
Philanthropy: Juvenile Diabetes