Hi, my name is Toni Rende and I am the VP of Philanthropy at the Rho chapter of Alpha Chi Omega. Here at Rho, we are proud to partner with the WAVE foundation (Women Against Violence Everywhere). United, we stand up for those who feel as if they do not have a voice, provide resources to those who need them, and encourage the empowerment of all women. Domestic Violence is committed every day, and it can be very hard to find the tools to identify domestic violence, and safely exit the situation once it is identified. With help from the WAVE foundation, we have the knowledge and skill to spread awareness about abusive relationships in our community as well as the tools to recognize and prevent abusive behavior. At Alpha Chi, our philanthropy is the heartbeat of our organization and we are proud to be committed to such an important cause. We look forward to continue to make a difference at the University of Washington, the Seattle area, and communities across the nation.
Love and LITB,
Vice President of Philanthropy
LOVE SHOULDN'T HURT
Here at Alpha Chi Omega, as diverse as all our sisters are, we are all bonded in our universal passion for our philanthropy and Domestic Violence Awareness. Through our fundraising events and involvement on campus and in our community we re able to raise awareness provide support to survivors.
The highlight of our philanthropy calendar is our annual event, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. Alpha Chi has now held seven annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes events. Our Walk a Mile Week is filled with fun activities for members of the Greek and UW community to participate in such as a dodge-ball tournament, high striker, a talent show, and our “French Fries with Alpha Chis” feed. The week is wrapped up at our final event, the walk. Here, the men who have chosen to participate wear heels while walking an entire mile around campus. Alpha Chi is joined not only by fraternity gentlemen, but family members, fellow UW students and community members as well. Special guests have included former UW Men’s Basketball Coach Lorenzo Romar and his team, and the Seattle Police Department.
Other campaigns we promote throughout the year include Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), Healthy Relationships Week (February 9-15), Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April), and Denim Day (April 24th). Denim Day began after a ruling in the Italian Supreme Court where a sexual assault conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the survivor was wearing tight jeans, it implied consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the survivor. Throughout the year we hold smaller-scaled philanthropic events to highlight these campaigns and volunteer as a whole chapter in events such as Cycle the WAVE, which is the WAVE Foundation's annual fundraising event.
Our sisters of Rho Chapter make time to participate individually in wide range of volunteering in the community outside of our chapter's efforts. We know that we can make a difference in the world by giving back.