Local Philanthropy & Service
In addition to raising money and awareness for arthritis and related diseases, our sisters recognize the importance of giving back in many other ways.
As part of something larger than ourselves, the sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi are bound together by a commitment to common values, including service. Individually, our sisters do a remarkable amount of service, from tutoring to walking dogs to mentoring special-needs children, many of which are listed in campus activities. We also host many philanthropic events as a chapter each semester and show our support for other campus groups’ philanthropic efforts.
Alpha Omicron Pi's international philanthropy is the Arthritis Foundation, and Delta Chapter specifically focuses on juvenile arthritis. We hold many events throughout the year benefiting research towards finding a cure for this painful and widespread disease. Arthritis encompasses more than 100 different diseases and conditions that affect joints, their surrounding tissues, and other connective tissues. These diseases include lupus, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. More than 70 million Americans (1 in 3) is affected by some type of arthritis, of which 41 million are women.
Fall semester’s major philanthropy event was our Rose Royalty Pageant which raised over $800. Sisters also participated in the annual Walk to Cure Arthritis in Boston. Last February, we held a “Hollywood” themed Murder Mystery dinner. Spring semester’s main event was AOII Goes Blue week, through which we were able to donate over $500 to Arthritis research. Events included bake sales and pie-throwing event called “Pie a Pi” with the sisters of Tufts’ newest multicultural sorority, Lambda Pi Chi, and with the brothers of Pi Delta. The week then culminated in our AOII Strikes Out Arthritis dodgeball tournament which fielded teams from many different campus groups. Overall, we raised $2,068 throughout our spring semester!
The sisters of AOII at Tufts are not only involved with our own philanthropy; we also help participate in other Greek chapters' and on-campus groups’ philanthropic events. Each April, the Tufts Panhellenic Council organizes participation in the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) Walk for Change. Additionally, every spring we send a team of AOIIs to Read by the River, a literacy carnival sponsored by Tufts Hillel. This year, AOIIs ran a booth where kids made monster themed bookmarks. We also organize an AOII Relay for Life team each year, which is a national event by the American Cancer Society.
Some of the money that we raise each year goes to benefit the Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation. Since its establishment in 1977, the foundation has contributed over $4.5 million to philanthropic causes, scholarships, and educational and leadership grants for sisters. One of programs the Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation supports is the Ruby Fund, also known as "The Heart of AOII". The Ruby Fund is an endowment through the Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation that provides funds for sisters in need. Since 1946, the Ruby Fund has assisted over 300 sisters in dire need. Since 2013, over $51,000 has been awarded. Funds were distributed during events such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and in 2010, in response to the Nashville flooding, the Foundation decided to create a special Ruby Fund Disaster Relief Fund. The fund also helps with undergraduates who undergo extreme financial difficulty due to family struggles or other situations and need financial support in order to remain in school.
Please don't hesitate to contact our Philanthropy Chairwoman, Taylor Walsh, at Taylor.firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!