On October 25, 2017 the ladies of Alpha Xi Delta hosted a mac and cheese night to raise money for their philanthropy, Autism Speaks. Fellow Greek members, Idaho State students, and families all gathered together to benefit a great cause and learn a little more about the organization these women hold so close to their hearts. The Philanthropy spokesperson of the organization, Abby Latta, gave an informational speech about autism spectrum disorder and Alpha Xi Delta’s involvement with Autism Speaks as guests filled their plates with various types of macaroni. Many of the individuals who attended this fundraiser have a personal connection to autism spectrum disorder and got the chance to share their story with those around them.
Since Alpha Xi Delta’s partnership with Autism Speaks in 2009 it has raised over $5 million in proceeds for the organization. It is their mission to contribute to Autism Speaks by helping change the future for all who struggle with an autism spectrum disorder and to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. They are committed to doing so by raising the funds necessary to help support these individuals and their families. Many sisters and alumnae of Alpha Xi Delta across the country have personal connections with autism and bring their passion and support to other members of their chapter, and members of their community.
“The main reason I knew I wanted to become a part of this sorority is because of how dedicated the members are to their philanthropy. Since joining and getting to help put on these events I have seen the difference it can make to the members of our community and all who are affected by autism spectrum disorder. We work really hard as a chapter to raise understanding and awareness both on and off campus,” said Kylie Greenwell, a sophomore member of Alpha Xi Delta.
While every semester the Iota Kappa Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta hosts an informational food night, their biggest push to raise understanding, acceptance, and funds for their philanthropy is the annual AmaXing Challenge. Every April, Alpha Xi Delta hosts a 3K/5K run for families from around the Pocatello community as well as ISU students to participate in. The AmaXing Challenge also includes games and raffle prizes for participants to win, and all of the money raised during the event goes to Autism Speaks and the families that are affected by this disorder.
For more information on Alpha Xi Delta’s philanthropy, Autism Speaks, please visit autismspeaks.org.