Recently, Sisters had the opportunity to volunteer at the local Refuge House. Refuge House is a local agency that supports survivors of Domestic and Sexual Assault. Refuge Houses’ mission is “to provide direct services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and to their children and families, as well as to eliminate such violence through community education and public advocacy. This aligns directly with Alpha Chi Omega’s National Philanthropy philanthropic mission.
The 1992 Alpha Chi Omega National Convention marked the adoption of domestic violence awareness, an issue that affects people – and primarily women – all over the world, as our national philanthropy. Together, we work to fight against unhealthy relationships and build healthy relationships. Members serve individuals and families impacted by domestic violence through fundraising and sharing gifts of time and talent with shelters and other service-providing organizations. Alpha Chi Omega also works to empower its own members, giving them tools to build their own healthy relationships, and to raise awareness of domestic violence by educating others on its impact and work being done to end it.
As champions of change, our leadership around this issue is creating lasting impact in our local communities and the world. to aid survivors who are affected by domestic violence & to raise awareness. The local Refuge House Director of Development works closely with the chapter’s VP Philanthropy, Lexi and Refuge House Liaison, Kaitlynn to share agency needs, events and coordinate hands-on volunteer opportunities. With COVID-19 limiting the number of opportunities to volunteer at the shelter the chapter was excited to get the call regarding the need to paint the emergency shelter. The ladies of Alpha Chi broke into two groups 9-1 and 1-5 and got to work painting all common spaces in the shelter from start to finish! Not only did we have a blast we loved seeing the difference we made for shelter residents to come home to.