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!
Our chapter has held a Strike Out Arthritis BBQ each spring for more than 20 years. AOII partners with the MTSU baseball team for this event. One of the highlights of this event is the first pitch of the game. A child affected by Juvenile Arthritis is invited to attend the BBQ and baseball game, and gets to throw the first pitch of the game. It is such a joy to provide a child with that kind of opportunity! Our chapter has raised more than $275,000 for the Arthritis Foundation.
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.
Our chapter's local philanthropy is Special Kids. Located right here in Murfreesboro, Special Kids is a therapy and nursing center for children with special needs. Their mission is to serve Jesus Christ by caring for His children. Each fall, Rho Omicron hosts an All-Sing event where we invite other chapters of the Greek Community to participate in our singing and dancing competition that raises money and awareness for Special Kids.