While as a chapter we have no community service requirements, we provide events at least once a month to encourage sisters to participate in the community. We often pair with another sorority or fraternity to participate in community service events together. Some of our past events include the Jimmy Fund Walk, Relay for Life, hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to support Make-A-Wish, and hosting underprivileged students at MIT for a day (and playing kickball with them!). Individually, many of our sisters are involved with organizations in the community and/or at home. See some sister spotlights below:
Class of 2014
"Since coming to MIT, I have really enjoyed being involved with different community service groups. As a member of MIT InnoWorks, I helped run a science camp for underprivileged students in the area. I also spent four weeks in Tulsa, Oklahoma for a Teach for America program working to develop a school's science fair. Recently, I started my own project in the developing community of Lenana, Kenya where we hope to implement an engineering-based curriculum for students inorder to encourage the application of concepts to solve real-world problems. This past January, I traveled to Kenya with another Alpha Phi member to meet with community partners and prepare for summer implementation."
"Alpha Phi has been a big part of my service endeavors. Last year, I wanted to spend spring break volunteering in New Orleans but didn't want to go alone. When I suggested the idea, I had so many responses! Eight of us ended up spending the week in New Orleans helping to rebuild a home and hanging out with each other. The sorority has also supported my Kenya project. During an MIT undergraduate voting contest, so many of the APhi girls came out to vote and cheer on my project. It was really encouraging and because of their help, the Kenya project won a funding grant to travel this summer!"
Class of 2015
"Community service has always been a large part of my life, and I'm so proud that I share this value with my sisters at Alpha Phi. I admire all of the volunteer work that my sisters do, whether it is through MIT organizations or through our own projects. We are able to share our experiences with each other and encourage everyone to give back to our community."
"This spring, I organized our participation in the FSILG&D Service Challenge. For a month, we partnered with a local school where we helped the students work on their science fair projects. The project gave us an opportunity to boost interest in science amongst elementary students, which we are all passionate about as MIT students. While volunteering, we also had the opportunity to learn more about each other, and it brought us closer together as a sorority. Participating in community service with my sisters is one of the many things that makes me proud to be an Alpha Phi."