Domestic violence is both a national and a worldwide crisis. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.
Domestic Violence Awareness
Alpha Chi Omega’s national philanthropy is Domestic Violence Awareness.
The national month of awareness is October, and this is our most active time of awareness and support of victims. Our chapter works hard to inform people of the often silenced violence that takes place so close to home. Awareness is key when it comes to Domestic Violence, which is why we partake in several endeavors to use our voices for the silenced.
During October, we “Purple Out” campus with decorations, ribbons, and signs to get people asking. This is a great way for us to spread information and give people every day reminders as the walk about the campus. In the past, we have also had recruitment activities that entailed making care packages of toiletries and first aid materials for the women and children.
We also hold an annual Casino Night to raise money for the cause. Our Casino Night is a black-tie event, in which the sisters put together a mock casino. There are standard card games, a roulette table, cash bar, and poker chips by the cup! Our loving chapter sweethearts are the perfect gentleman running these tables, while our sisters sell chips, raffle tickets, assist guests, and man the silent auction. Our silent auction is an arrangement of many baskets all donated or sister created that are bid on. Highest bid gets the baskets and all the money goes to our cause. Each basket has a theme and many contain donations from the wonderful businesses in our very own Chestertown!
All money from our philanthropic fundraisers goes to Mid-Shore Council. MSCFV creates healthy opportunities to break the cycle of domestic violence through intervention and prevention by providing shelter, counseling, services and advocacy for victims and abusers.
In the spring, we try to hold awareness events to remind people that this happens year round, not just in October!! This spring, we are looking to join Soroptomists and hold an empowerment speaker and a Vigil for those affected by domestic violence. We are also working on bringing self-defense workshops to campus!
And although not part of our national philanthropy, Alpha Chi Omega likes to service other needs in our community. To achieve this, we spend many hours at the local Humane Society volunteering. We also partake in adopting a highway for highway cleanup to better our environment. Lastly, our other major event in Cinderella’s Closet (also known as Gown Giveaway), in which we collect new or gently worn dresses and gowns to donate to a local high school for students who cannot afford their own. There is truly nothing more heart-warming then putting on dressing room boutique for these beautiful ladies and giving them the chance to have the magical night that we all fondly look back on.
If you would like to learn more about our philanthropy, check out the The Mid-Shore Council for Family Violence website.