Serving the world around us is one of AOII’s founding principles. While local chapters are encouraged to support philanthropic opportunities in their communities, all chapters support AOII’s international philanthropy , which is arthritis. Since 1967, the Fraternity has enjoyed an important partnership with the Arthritis Foundation . AOII's philanthropic mission is to raise money for and spread awareness and understanding of arthritis and its more than 100 related diseases.
Dollars donated to the Arthritis Foundation support arthritis research, Juvenile Arthritis Power Packs, Juvenile Arthritis Camps and Conferences and so much more.
By holding Strike Out Arthritis! events, AOII is collectively able to contribute millions of dollars toward education initiatives, assistance for families affected by arthritis, and new research that will hopefully one day find a cure!
Supporting the Arthritis Foundation through our Philanthropic efforts is highly important to our chapter. In addition to raising money, we deeply value ensuring that each of our members understand who we are raising money for and why. The Delta Delta Chapter does one big philanthropy event each semester as well as percentage nights at local Auburn businesses throughout the year. Our fall semester philanthropy event, Run for Roses, is a 5k across Auburn’s campus where we invite the members of our chapter, friends, family and even pets to join us to raise money for Juvenile Arthritis. Whether it is running, walking or cheering we encourage everyone to participate for this cause. At our spring philanthropy event, Slice Out, the chapter sells wristbands weeks prior to students across campus to come get pizza, dessert and listen to live music. What college kid would not jump at the opportunity to get dinner and dessert for $5? Every year, this is a huge hit on campus and our chapter members have a fun time serving pizza and dessert to our friends!! Our Philanthropy team works hard to incorporate other small fundraisers to give opportunities for not only us to give back but allow other organization to have the chance to give to our philanthropy. Hosting benefit nights and getting our peers to come to these events is another way we try to raise money. We hosted pop-up shops in our chapter room with multiple local stores and boutiques as well as partnering with local restaurants for percentage days.
The promise to serve can be seen in the relationships between sisters as we work together to help others, or contribute to the AOII Foundation to enable scholarships and aid to other sisters.
The AOII Foundation’s Mission Statement is to invest in our sisters and inspire a lifetime of giving to innovative leadership, educational and philanthropic causes. We are proud to support the AOII Foundation which is able to offer our members academic and leadership scholarship opportunities, as well as grants and emergency assistance to sisters in dire need.
Every year, as a chapter and philanthropy team, we also team up with local philanthropies and organizations in our community. This year, we worked with Our House, an organization in Auburn where kids can come after school for snacks, help with homework, and time with new friends. The Delta Delta Chapter brought candy and other goodies to make goodie bags to go to the kids at Our House. In addition to our on-going partnership with Our House, our chapter prides itself in our contribution to and participation in the monthly charity drives organized by Auburn Panhellenic. These drives are an opportunity to give back to the community that we love so much and build deeper relationships with local charities and organizations such as Baby Steps for young mothers, The Food Bank of East Alabama, and the Lee County Humane Society. These drives are organized by Panhellenic every month, and one of the biggest goals for our chapter this year was to increase our contributions in these drives by offering our members encouragement and incentive for participation.
Alpha Omicron Pi was founded on a promise to serve not only one another but the greater community as well. This commitment reflects a philosophy of friendship, concern, and usefulness in the world.