Alpha Xi Delta Teams with Autism Speaks!
The Iota Xi Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta is excited to spread awareness and raise money for Autism Speaks on the WPI campus. Autism Speaks is the world's largest autism advocacy organization and is dedicated to increasing awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Alpha Xi Delta is committed to improving the lives of those children and families affected by Autism. We hope our fundraising and awareness efforts can help put one more piece of the Autism puzzle in place.
Philanthropic Activities to Benefit Autism Speaks
Since Autism Speaks became the national philanthropy of Alpha Xi Delta in 2009, the Iota Xi chapter has hosted and participated in several philanthropic endeavors. The Iota Xi chapter of Alpha Xi Delta volunteered at the annual Autism Speaks walk sponsored by Alpha Xi Delta. Sisters were able to play with the children in the Kid's Corner and learn a little bit more about the effects of living with an Autistic child. Along with this, the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta table in the Campus Center for fundraising through various events, all year long. New sisters create their own philanthropy event in efforts to raise money for Autism Speaks, and in the past they have done a scratch ticket raffle, sold Hershey kisses, and more. The most recent New Members sold chocolate puzzle piece lollipops, making a great contribution to our fundraising goal.
Along with smaller advocacy events such as “Waffle House”, one of our most successful fundraisers, we also make pancakes for other greek organizations on campus every fall. In the Spring the Iota Xi chapter hosts our two Amaxing Challenges. The “Step it Up” 5K is an event where students of the WPI community register to run a 5K to raise money for Autism Speaks. The Iota Xi chapter is also planning “Karaoke for a Cause” this winter. This is an event where students create and register Karaoke Teams for a fun singing competition.
Other Community Service Activities
Aside from our work with Autism Speaks, the Iota Xi chapter also participates in a number of other community service events and philanthropic endeavors both on and off campus. These include working with other organizations on campus to host events like going to the Mustard Seed, a local soup kitchen, every Friday and Work on Worcester, a campus-wide event that puts students and sisters to work throughout Worcester. In addition, we have high levels of participation in WPI’s Relay for Life and frequently get involved in other service events on campus.
If you have any further questions in regards to the Iota Xi chapter’s Philanthropic endeavors, please don’t hesitate to contact our Philanthropy Vice President Olivia Wisniewski or our Community Service Director Megan Concannon.