Alpha Omicron Pi was founded on a promise to serve not only one another, but the community around us as well. This is not a promise we take lightly.
One of Alpha Omicron Pi’s founders, Stella George Stern Perry, once said, “We want girls who will not only take a lot of fun and happiness out of college but also put some useful service into it, who will have enough grace to be popular, enough generosity to enjoy life with others and the esteem of others, but enough character to do all this without making the slightest concession of principal or conduct.”
Here in AOII, we take the service we do unto our community very seriously, knowing that together, we can leave a lasting impact. Our sisters have held steadfast to this belief, participating in many university and community opportunities to help others. We have raised awareness by donating time and resources to countless projects and organizations, on top of our own philanthropy, the Arthritis Foundation! Some of these service projects include:
The promise to serve others stays with AOII sisters long after their collegiate years. Alumna of the Gamma Alpha chapter, Diana Belanger, is spending 27 months in Senegal, Africa as a Health Extension Volunteer with the Peace Corps!
Relay for Life
Our sisters created a team and participated in Relay for Life this semester, helping the Relay for Life of George Mason University club raise over $23,230.62!
Chi Omega: Make-A-Wish Week
Gamma Alpha loved supporting Wish Week and attending the events held by the Chi Kappa chapter of Chi Omega during their philanthropy week for the Make-A-Wish Foundation! Congratulations to the sisters of Chi Omega for granting a wish!
Phi Kappa Sigma Fashion Show
The brothers of Phi Kappa Sigma hosted a Top Model Fashion show for their national philanthropy, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! We had four beautiful sisters participate, with two placing in the top three!
Elaina Baker, who placed 2nd in the competition said, “I was excited to be able to do what I love while also benefiting a great fraternity in their efforts to raise awareness for their philanthropy!”
Pi Beta Phi: ArrowSpike Volleyball Tournament
Our sisters participated in Pi Beta Phi’s volleyball tournament, ArrowSpike, as well as donating money to their national philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve.
George Mason University’s Homecoming this year was more than a week of full events and school spirit, as our sisters worked hard to collect money and cans! With our partners, the wonderful brothers of Kappa Sigma, our team raised and donated over 1,245 cans and food items!
ZTA Think Pink Fashion Show
Zeta Tau Alpha hosted their first fashion show, Think Pink Fashion Show, for their international philanthropy, Breast Cancer Education and Awareness! We are so happy to support the sisters in their great philanthropic efforts, and cannot wait to participate in the future!
Our sister, Nadgeena Jerome participated in the show and said, “Modeling is a hobby, but I have a passion to help others, and if I give back while having fun, why wouldn't I do it? There is no better feeling than knowing that the time and effort you took out of your day is going towards a good cause.”
This year, along with our partners of Kappa Alpha Order and Kappa Sigma, our team won Greek Week 2016. But more importantly, our team collected over 2,000 canned goods to donate and built an incredible shack to raise awareness for Habitat for Humanity! As entire Greek Life, we raised over $27,000! We loved being able to join forces with the Greek community in friendly competitions that went towards a good cause.
These are just a few of the causes our sisters have worked for. We protest for a brighter future, spend our weekends volunteering, and even spend the entire semester fostering puppies. Alpha women are philanthropists and believe that Alpha Love means advocating for a better world.
We will continue to exhibit our commitment to be leaders of change in our communities, and love having the opportunity to do it as a sisterhood.