The Make-A-Wish Foundation was made the official philanthropy for Chi Omega nationwide in 2001. Since the start of our alliance, Chi Omegas have had the chance to make a difference in the lives of many through volunteering time, talents and donation efforts. Chi Omega has raised cumulatively over $14,000,000 and donated over 800,000 hours of time. Because of this commitment, Make-A-Wish has recognized Chi Omega as one of their Cause Champion sponsors.
We feel so fortunate to work with such inspiring children and deserving families. Every school year, we hold two major philanthropy events to contribute to our fundraising goal. Our donations go directly to the Make-A-Wish Oregon affiliate, meaning that we get to grant wishes of the children right here in our own community. During the 2016-2017 school year, Psi Alpha raised over $15,000 and granted four wishes.
Many of our sisters have personal connections to the Make-A-Wish foundation, making our chapter all the more passionate about pursuing philanthropic efforts for this organization. A few of our fundraising events we have had include Chi-O-Bunga, a tropical themed celebration at the Chi Omega house, Waffles, Wings and Wishes, an event we hosted with Sigma Alpha Epsilon at both of our houses, Swishes for Wishes, a basketball competition for all members of the UO community and Scoop-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish, an all you can eat ice cream social! One of our favorite ways to be involved in the Greek community is to show support at other chapters philanthropies events, like Sigma Nu's kickball for cancer, which we have won for the past five consecutive years.
The Psi Alpha chapter has adopted a second philanthropy, Moss Street Children's Center, a local daycare on campus due to the close ties we've held with the center for many years. Our sisters volunteer their time year round at the center to help with the care of children. We make annual donations to assist in running the facility, as well as take the children to do local activities, like attending Duck basketball games!