Philanthropy at AXΩ
Domestic Violence Awareness
One out of four women are survivors of domestic violence. And one out of three college-aged women are affected by domestic violence.
Alpha Chi Omega’s official philanthropy is domestic violence awareness. We work to prevent domestic violence, raise awareness about its severity, educate others on how to recognize and address it, and support organizations that assist survivors of domestic violence and their children.
Things We Do
Fundraising for Domestic Violence Awareness
The money we raise for Domestic Violence Awareness benefits two organizations. Locally, we support the Pittsburgh Women’s Shelter. We also support the national Alpha Chi Omega Foundation, which helps to fund charities for domestic violence awareness, prevention and education, and assistance to survivors and their children.
Throughout the year, our chapter hosts many events to fundraise for domestic violence awareness.
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes
At the end of October, we host an event called “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes.” Walk a Mile In Her Shoes is an “international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assualt, and gender violence”.
Our chapter organizes a Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event each year at CMU. Men who participate are sponsored for each mile they walk, and the proceeds go to the Pittsburgh Women’s Shelter.
Vera Bradley Sale
Every February (just in time for Mother’s Day) we sell Vera Bradley accessories on campus. The sale is co-sponsored by Cheeks Boutique in Shadyside, and 15% of each sale goes to either the Pittsburgh Women’s Shelter or the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation.
At Nostalgic Noms, we sell tickets to eat an all-you-can-eat buffet of childhood foods and favorite childhood pasttimes as entertainment (coloring books, movies, etc.) Proceeds in 2013 went to the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, and in the past we have donated proceeds from this event to the Women’s Shelter of Pittsburgh.
During the Fall semester, sisters sell luminaries (candle lights) to raise money for the Pittsburgh Women’s Shelter. Then we place the luminaries around campus to raise awareness about Domestic Violence.
Alpha Chai Omega
At the beginning of the spring semester, we have a new event called Alpha Chai Omega, where we sell hot chai tea to raise money for the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
During October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, sisters gather together and host bake sales, knit scarves, and collect donations to support both the Pittsburgh Women’s Shelter and the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation, donating annually to various charities which help survivors and raise awareness about domestic violence.
Volunteering for Local Organizations
Some semesters, groups of sisters have volunteered as mentors and tutors at Gwen’s Girls, a local organization that supports young women who have survived domestic violence or are otherwise at risk.
Other Service Work
Though Domestic Violence Awareness is our primary philanthropy, we encourage and honor sisters for doing other service work in the community. This semester, sisters volunteered for diverse causes and organizations—these are just a few:
- Helping to table for and run blood drives on campus
- Science outreach to high school students with Biosac
- Computer science outreach for high school students through Women@SCS
- Running in the Pineapple 5K to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- Running in the Color Me Rad race to raise money for Ronald McDonald House in Pittsburgh
- Keeping local neighborhoods clean through Adopt A Block
- Work at the Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center in Pittsburgh
At CMU’s annual “Greek Sing” show, the fraternities and sororities at CMU create and perform short Broadway musical montages. All of the proceeds from Greek Sing go to a chosen philanthropy. From 2010-2014, that philanthropy is the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh.
In 2013, Alpha Chi and Lambda Phi Epsilon performed “Hercules”. More importantly, in 2013 Greek Sing raised $74,000 for the Children’s Institute! We don’t have a video for our 2013 show, but you can see the video of our performance of “Footloose” from 2012 below: