The national fraternity of Alpha Chi Rho is dedicated to serving five philanthropies: Feed the Children, Autism Society of America, Children’s Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society, and Habitat of Humanity. The Phi Rho Chi chapter supports the local community in addition to these five philanthropies.
Feed the Children
Founded over 35 years ago, Feed the Children is an organization with the goal to end hunger in children across the world. They are currently responsible for providing food to over 350,000 children a day.
Autism Society of America
This organization is committed to bettering the lives of everyone affected by autism. It does so by advocating for appropriate services for those with the disorder, increasing awareness about the disorder.
Children’s Wish Foundation
Children’s Wish Foundation was founded to help bring happiness to terminally-ill children and their families. They do so through their wish fulfillment program, in which they will grant a child’s wish, regardless of what it may be, and cover all necessary expenses for the trip.
American Cancer Society
This charitable organization focuses on creating a world with less cancer and helping save lives. It focuses on eliminating cancer through advocacy, service, education and research. It also collaborates with other cancer-related organizations internationally.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to helping build homes and communities, so that everyone can have affordable, dependable housing. They hope their efforts can help end the cycle of poverty by allowing families to focus their spending on other essentials besides housing.
Our chapter holds multiple annual events to help both our national and local philanthropic commitment. These events account for the majority of both donations brought in and total community service hours.
Arbors Assisted Living
Are your grandparents in a retirement home? Are you ever worried that they get bored? Worry no longer! Our brothers volunteer their time, on a weekly basis, playing games and sharing stories with the good folks over at the Arbors Assisted Living Community in Amherst.
Monkey Bread Madness
Everyone loves monkey bread. What better way to raise funds for the American Cancer Society than to hold a bake sale? On Halloween weekend, our brothers bake monkey bread and set up shop near Berkshire Dining Commons in the Southwest Residential Area.
Since 1989, Shelter Sunday has aimed to reduce Homelessness and Hunger in the community. On the third Sunday in October, our brothers join hundreds of other volunteers on a door-to-door solicitation which benefits Craig’s Doors, Not Bread Alone, and Amherst Community Connections.
A fundraiser hosted by FTK (For The Kids), UDance is a twelve-hour dance marathon held annually at UMass to raise money for Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield, MA. Baystate is part of the Children’s Miracle Network, which means it operates completely off donations! Our brothers focus on raising money for UDance throughout the semester, and once UDance rolls around, we dance For The Kids!