Alpha Omicron Pi was founded on a promise to serve not only one another but the greater community as well. This commitment reflects a philosophy of friendship, concern, and usefulness in the world.
Serving the world around us is one of AOII’s founding principles. While local chapters are encouraged to support philanthropic opportunities in their communities, all chapters support AOII’s international philanthropy , which is arthritis. Since 1967, the Fraternity has enjoyed an important partnership with the Arthritis Foundation . AOII's philanthropic mission is to raise money for and spread awareness and understanding of arthritis and its more than 100 related diseases.
Dollars donated to the Arthritis Foundation support arthritis research, Juvenile Arthritis Power Packs, Juvenile Arthritis Camps and Conferences and so much more.
By holding Strike Out Arthritis! events, AOII is collectively able to contribute millions of dollars toward education initiatives, assistance for families affected by arthritis, and new research that will hopefully one day find a cure!
Every spring our chapter hosts our Strike Out Arthritis event to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. In the spring of 2020 we switched our main event to a bowling tournament at the Big Apple Fun Center. The event was a huge success, with just over $2,700 raised and 20 teams from UNK and around Kearney in attendance! Funds are raised through team admission and raffle ticket purchases.
The promise to serve can be seen in the relationships between sisters as we work together to help others, or contribute to the AOII Foundation to enable scholarships and aid to other sisters.
The AOII Foundation’s Mission Statement is to invest in our sisters and inspire a lifetime of giving to innovative leadership, educational and philanthropic causes. We are proud to support the AOII Foundation which is able to offer our members academic and leadership scholarship opportunities, as well as grants and emergency assistance to sisters in dire need.
Our official local philanthropy is Sisters for Soldiers. The event has been held on campus for 9 consecutive years. The purpose is to raise monetary and material donations for the use of assembling and sending holiday care packages to deployed soldiers. Most recently, we raised $7,700 and sent 451 care packages in the fall of 2020.