With the help of all of our lovely sisters, this semester we were able to make an impact on many lives. Early in the semester, the dog treats we made were donated to the Champaign County Humane Society both to help increase the quality of life of the dogs in the shelter and to help the shelter staff train them. We were able to raise over $1000 with the help of Sigma Phi Delta Fraternity through our bi-annual Pancake Dinner. The money was donated towards furthering disaster relief in Puerto Rico, following Hurricane Maria, through Red Cross. With the help of Triangle Fraternity, we were able to raise over $150 for Habitat for Humanity through selling hot chocolate and cookies. We have also donated 23 pounds of food to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank through our Thanksgiving food drive to put dinner on the tables of underprivileged families in the area. We ended the semester with a clothing drive for sisters to donate clothes they no longer wore. The clothing collected was donated to Twice is Nice Thrift Shop at the First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, which benefits organizations such as Eastern Illinois Food Bank, Don Moyer’s Boys & Girls Club, Courage Connection, Smile Healthy, and Prosperity Gardens. We also brought back the Secret Santa with Sisterhood, for sisters to have an opportunity to give to each other as well. Thank you all for opening your hearts so much this semester to help us help those in need.
Wow – what a great semester! We were able to raise over $1000 to donate to the American Cancer Society for Relay for Life through hosting Pancake Dinner with Triangle, and the candidates (with the SPD pledges) were able to raise nearly $500 by canning on Green Street to donate to the Crisis Nursery (a women and children’s shelter). Also, special shout-out to our chapter’s Shi Ai representatives Sarah G. and Jackie O. who were able to help raise over $90 to donate to Courage Connection, a organization that provides support services for women and children experiencing homelessness or who are victims of domestic violence! One of our concluding events, the Boneyard Creek Community Clean Up was cancelled because of heavy thunderstorms. However, our chapter was still able to get involved with multiple service projects for local charities through events such as making cat toys and volunteering at the Douglas animal shelter, making blankets for the Crisis Nursery at Day Away, and participating in Relay for Life. The both of us had a great time serving as the Philanthropy Co-Chairs this semester!
Thank you to all of you who were able to participate in our philanthropy events. With your support we were able to help and impact many organizations. The dog toys that we made early in the semester with the Vice President during Recruitment were donated to the Champaign County Humane Society where they now amuse animals during their wait for a loving home. The stuffed animals we made during Day Away were donated to Cunningham Children’s home and played with by young children. The proceeds from Pancake Dinner were also donated to FIRST Robotics, a non-profit charity which encourages K-12 school students to pursue careers in STEM by providing mentor based research and robotics programs. Our last event was the Secret Santa with Sisterhood to celebrate the end of the semester and kick off the winter holiday season with a fun gift exchange between sisters.
During the Spring 2016 semester, together we have been able to help many organizations. Our profits from Pancake dinner were donated to Habitat for Humanity, an organization who builds houses for less fortunate families in the Champaign area. For the annual Relay for Life event at U of I, we were able to raise $830 which was donated to the American Cancer Society to be used for cancer research. Through smaller events, we made stuffed animals for children in a nearby children’s home, dog and cat toys for a humane society who takes in abandoned animals, and care packages and cards for military men and women overseas and veterans back at home. During finals week, we collected used textbooks to be donated to Orphan’s Treasure Box, a local store that sells used books online to generate money for orphans and families in need both in the United States and worldwide!
During the Fall 2015 semester, Alpha Omega Epsilon partnered with Illini Service Dogs, an on-campus philanthropic organization. Illini Service Dogs is the first program that allows college students to train service dogs from puppy hood to placement. After the service dog has completed training, the dog is placed with a person with a disability free of charge. Our profits from an Insomnia Cookie Fundraiser and Pancake Dinner this semester will be donated to the organization’s financial burdens.
The ladies of Alpha Omega Epsilon focused on two different philanthropic goals during the Spring 2015 semester. The first half of the semester was dedicated to Relay for Life. By partnering with the brothers of Sigma Phi Delta fraternity for Pancake Dinner, we were able to raise $2,604 for the American Cancer Society. The second half of the semester was devoted to our local Champaign-Urbana community. By hosting Spaghetti Dinner with Triangle fraternity and continuing our annual tradition of a Broomball Tournament with Sigma Phi Delta, we raised $800 for CU at Home.