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Local Philanthropy

 

The Georgia Alpha chapter at Pi Beta Phi is focused on making an impact nationally, as well as locally in Athens. Each fall we host Pi Phiesta, a Mexican themed meal on our lawn.  Hundreds gather to enjoy all-you-can-eat tacos, live music, and a great time with friends to raise money for Read>Lead>Achieve, Pi Phi's philanthropy that promotes literacy initiatives on a national and local basis. In the spring, we held the second-annual Classic City Skate Night at the Classic Center in downtown Athens. All were welcome to come skate with us, and many of the children that Pi Phis tutor and mentor were able to join in a night of ice skating, hot chocolate, and fun.  Over the course of the 2016-2017 academic year, the GA Alpha chapter fundraised over $20,000 to benefit literacy initiatives both in Athens and across the country.  Through a local impact grant, Pi Phi nominated Books for Keeps, an local non-profit that provides free books to kids in Athens, to receive a $3,000 grant that will go towards supplying more books for kids in need. 

 

Members of the GA Alpha chapter directly impact our community by volunteering at Alps Road Elementary School.  Whether they sort books, help kids checkout, read to a class, or help kids find that perfect book, Pi Phis are passionate about helping enabling kids to succeed and sparking imagination and creativity through literacy.  Each March, our chapter gets to visit Alps for the best week of the year in our opinion, Dr. Seuss Week! Dr. Seuss Week is an extra special time to promote a passion and love of reading by honoring the finest, Dr. Seuss!  Our members don the red and white striped hats to read, do crafts, and pass out free books to the kids, made possible through GA Alpha's partnership with Champions Are Readers.

Each March, chapters of Pi Beta Phi across the country celebrate Dr. Seuss week in their own unique way.  In 2017, the GA Alpha chapter hosted the Books from Brittany Book Drive.  The book drive honored Brittany Feldman, an active member of GA Alpha who passed away in April 2016.  Over the course of two months, Pi Phis, friends, family, and complete strangers all came together to donate over 2,000 books, which were donated to Books for Keeps in Athens. 

 

Pi Phis are dedicated to philanthropic service, which takes many shapes and forms.  While our members are involved in Pi Phi's philanthropy, Read>Lead>Achieve, they are also active in many organizations like UGA Miracle, UGA HEROS, UGA Relay for Life, Extra Special People, the Clarke County Mentorship Program, the Thomas Lay Mentorship Program, Rotaract, PAWS, and countless more.  We are constantly challenging our members to branch out and make change in our community, whether through our philanthropy or other organizations.



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