Serving the world around us is one of AOII’s founding principles.
AOII’s International Philanthropy is arthritis and, since 1967, AOII has enjoyed a long and beneficial relationship with our arthritis partner – the Arthritis Foundation (AF). For more than five decades, AOII chapters and members have raised millions of dollars to create awareness, find a cure, and make life easier for those afflicted with arthritis, a crippling disease that far more frequently affects women. Dollars raised help fund AF programming such as Juvenile Arthritis Camps and Family Summits, Juvenile Arthritis Power Packs, research initiatives, innovative programming, and much more. Likewise, our Canadian sisters proudly support The Arthritis Society of Canada with their fundraising dollars.
Team AOII National is one of the Arthritis Foundation’s largest and most successful overall teams for both of their national events, Jingle Bell Run (JBR) and the Walk to Cure Arthritis (WTCA) walk. AOII chapters and members proudly step up to participate every year to raise tens of thousands of dollars through these events and even more through AOII’s signature chapter fundraisers called Strike Out Arthritis! These fun local fundraising events might feature softball, baseball, or bowling tournaments, 5-K Runs, barbecues or other variations on the ”Strike Out” theme. Raising funds and having fun is what makes Strike Out Arthritis! so successful. AOII’s commitment to arthritis does not end with raising money. Our chapters go a step further by raising awareness every year through a promotional campaign called “AOII Goes Blue,” a nod to the worldwide arthritis awareness color of blue. And it’s always likely that AOII collegians and alumnae will be working as volunteers at JBRs, WTCAs, JA Family Fun Days, JA Camps, JA Family Summits, and much more throughout the year. To the Arthritis Foundation and JA families, AOII is proudly known as the Panda People thanks to the adored tradition of distributing pandas to all children and youth attending their annual JA Family Summit, and supporting their annual Panda Clinic where AOII pandas serve as patients allowing children to learn more about medical procedures they experience.
Sisters for Soldiers
Another popular philanthropy supported by the Fraternity for collegiate and alumnae chapters is Sisters for Soldiers. This local chapter project supports service men and women overseas through the collection and shipment of specified items along with handwritten heartwarming letters. Packages are then shipped to service men and women.
Local Philanthropic Causes
AOII chapters across the US and Canada are also encouraged to pick one or more local causes that are close to their hearts. Serving our campuses and local communities is one of AOII’s founding principles and chapters enthusiastically embrace a wide range of interests that often include fundraising causes, service to children or the elderly, or those in need.
Circle of Sisterhood
Alpha Omicron Pi is a proud sponsor of the Circle of Sisterhood. The Circle of Sisterhood’s mission is to leverage the collective influence of sorority women to raise financial resources for entities around the world that are removing educational barriers for girls and women facing poverty and oppression. The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation is a mechanism by which all sorority women can stand together across affiliation, age, color, and creed to make a difference in the lives of millions of girls and women around the world.