Ronald McDonald House Charities
The Ronald McDonald House Charities is Alpha Delta Pi's international philanthropy. Each year, the ladies of Alpha Delta Pi, both collegiate and alumnae members, seek community minded support to help ensure the continued success of the house and its service to families and children in need. Since 1996, Gamma Phi has raised over $275,000 for the local house in Johnson City.
Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House
The Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House opened doors in October of 1996 after five years of research, fundraising, and construction. The Tri-Cities community embraced the idea of the House and helped to build the 175th Ronald McDonald House in Johnson City. Our chapter contributed to this effort by donating $25,000 to sponsor a bedroom in the house. On an average night, at least 7 of the 10 bedrooms are occupied. The average length of stay per family is 7.5 days. For information on the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House see their website-- www.rmhsa.org.
Annual Ronald McDonald Benefit & Auction
Each year the Gamma Phi of Alpha Delta Pi hosts the Lion's Share Challenge Benefit and Auction for the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House. The event raises money from ticket sales, an auction of several items donated by community businesses, and donations for the "Share a Night" campaign. This event has helped to raise awareness within our campus and community of the Ronald McDonald House as well to provide a great and much needed service simultaneously.
Every year Alpha Delta Pi hosts an annual "Trunk-or-Treat" project in a parking lot on campus in conjunction with the Walnut Street Trick-or-Treat. This event is hosted to provide easily accessible trick-or-treating for children with special needs as well as a safe place for any children in the community to come trick-or-treat. Our members dress up in Halloween costumes and decorate the trunks of their cars for games and fill them with a great deal of candy to distribute.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Alpha Delta Pi at ETSU joins forces with people from around the world to help raise awareness of breast cancer during the month of October. Several people have been either directly or indirectly affected by breast cancer. As one the largest women's organizations on campus, we feel it is our responsibility to dedicate ourselves to giving something back to the women of our campus and community. We want to share information about breast cancer and raise awareness by wearing pink ribbons, distributing information, etc.
Other Philanthropic Events
Through our participation in fraternity philanthropy events such as Sigma Chi's Derby Days, Pi Kappa Alpha's Pike's Peak, Sigma Phi Epsilon's Affair of the Heart, and Kappa Sigma's Beach Week, we help serve the following philanthropies: American Heart Association, Ronald McDonald House, Second Harvest Food Bank, March of Dimes, Johnson City Heart Gala, Spirit of Johnson City, The Nisewonger Foundation, and many others.
We collect thousands of dollars in canned foods for the Second Harvest Food Bank during Homecoming each year.
We have sisters who commit themselves to community organizations such as Young Life, Girls Incorporated, Homeless Shelters, Animals Shelters, Coalition for Kids, the Homework Club, Small Miracles, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, etc.
In addition to the above philanthropies, Alpha Delta Pi actively participates in charitable endeavors on campus and in the community. We support Up Til Dawn, which raises money and awareness for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. We also sponsor a team in Relay For Life, helping with the ETSU effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society.