Alpha Omicron Pi was founded on a promise to serve not only one another but the greater community as well. This commitment reflects a philosophy of friendship, concern, and usefulness in the world.
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 . AOII's philanthropic mission is to raise money for and spread awareness and understanding of arthritis and its more than 100 related diseases.
Dollars donated to the Arthritis Foundation support arthritis research, Juvenile Arthritis Power Packs, Juvenile Arthritis Camps and Conferences and so much more.
By holding Strike Out Arthritis! events, AOII is collectively able to contribute millions of dollars toward education initiatives, assistance for families affected by arthritis, and new research that will hopefully one day find a cure!
Phi Alpha hosts unique Strike Out Arthritis events annually. Most recently, the chapter hosted a sand volleyball tournament spearheaded by our Director of Philanthropy and participated in by members of the Greek Life community. Teams were coached by chapter members and donations received as each team's participation fee were given to The Arthritis Foundation. Team members were also able to participate in "Penny Wars" and other activities to raise money.
The promise to serve can be seen in the relationships between sisters as we work together to help others, or contribute to the AOII Foundation to enable scholarships and aid to other sisters.
The AOII Foundation’s Mission Statement is to invest in our sisters and inspire a lifetime of giving to innovative leadership, educational and philanthropic causes. We are proud to support the AOII Foundation which is able to offer our members academic and leadership scholarship opportunities, as well as grants and emergency assistance to sisters in dire need.
The Phi Alpha Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi actively serves the Johnson City, TN community by hosting our annual Panda Drive. Our Director of Philanthropy works with the Fraternity and Sorority life community for a week each year to collect stuffed animals that are then donated to Niswonger Children's Hospital, a local pediatric treatment facility. In 2020, Phi Alpha collected over 1,000 stuffed animals that were distributed to hospitalized children.