Arthritis and the Arthritis Foundation
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. Dollars donated to the Arthritis Foundation support arthritis research, Juvenile Arthritis Power Packs, Juvenile Arthritis Camps and Conferences and so much more.
National Arthritis Event Support
AOII chapters and members provide volunteer hours and dollars to two Arthritis
Foundation national events each year, Walk to Cure Arthritis (WTCA) in the spring, and
the festive Jingle Bell Run (JBR) in November/December.
Promoting Arthritis Awareness
AOII’s promotional campaign for arthritis awareness is known as “AOII Goes Blue.” With blue being the international awareness color for arthritis, this fun initiative inspires local chapter creativity in dozens of ways and helps spread the message of AOII’s commitment to help find a cure for arthritis. The International Fraternity celebrates AOII Goes Blue officially on World Arthritis Day, October 12th, each year.
AOII’s Signature Arthritis Events
AOII’s signature philanthropy events on college campuses and in alumnae communities are known as “Strike Out Arthritis!” events. These fun local events might feature softball, baseball, volleyball or bowling tournaments, 5K Runs or other creative variations on the theme.
The Panda Bear People
AOII members donate hundreds of stuffed panda bears each year, which are provided to children attending the two Juvenile Arthritis Conferences. Thanks to this long-time beloved tradition, AOII has become known as the Panda People to thousands of arthritis families across the world.
Strike Out Arthritis! and Major League Baseball
Thanks to strong relationships between the Fraternity and all Major League Baseball Teams, fundraising events are held every year at ballparks throughout North America. The opportunity for a sisterhood event coupled with a fundraiser from ticket sales benefits both the Arthritis Foundation and AOII.
Sisters for Soldiers
Outside of arthritis, another popular philanthropy opportunity provided by the Fraternity is Sisters for Soldiers. This project supports service men and women overseas through the collection of specified items along with handwritten heartwarming letters.
Canada’s Arthritis Society is the primary recipient of dollars raised by our AOII Canadian sisters. Chapters support the Arthritis Society’s signature annual event, Walk to Fight Arthritis, which is held in over 30 communities across Canada each June.