At our Indiana Delta chapter, we aim to combine our Philanthropic Service to Others with our Sincere Friendship and Lifelong Commitment of Pi Beta Phi. We know that service is not a four-year requirement, but part of our lifelong commitment that helps us grow together and give back to the community. As a chapter, we love to run our philanthropy events, attend, and participate in other philanthropic events, and do community service with our Pi Phi sisters to become closer in our friendships and better engaged in philanthropy.
Unfortunately, this year we have not been able to have many of our favorite philanthropy events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, despite many changes around us, the passion and love for philanthropy in our chapter has remained the same. We were able to plan our first philanthropy event this year in February. It was called “Pi Phi Loves Reading!” and was a virtual t-shirt philanthropy sale during Valentine’s Day. Although this event was very different that previous ones, it was a great way to bring everyone together during these difficult times.
Another event we aim to hold annually is our Pi Phi Pizookie. This is a night full of cookies, icecream and fun. In the past, we have paired with Campus Cooks to help sponsor us and are grateful for their contribution to our cause. The greek community at Purdue loves to get involved in this event. We are currently looking at ways to bring back this fun event but Covid-19 safe!
Another thing we love to do is advocate for literacy among the community. In the past we have done events going to local schools and other community organizations to read books, practice writing skills and promote creativity. Our goal for advocating literacy is to get local kids excited and enthusiastic about the gift of reading. It is also a great opportunity for our chapter to see the direct impact of our philanthropic cause. However, this year, Covid-19 has prevented us from being able to do this event. We are currently planning to be able to have virtual readings over Zoom within the community!
VPCR Zoe Aronson