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Alpha Alpha Press Kit

Created by Geena Wakeley

This kit will provide you with a better understanding the Alpha Alpha chapter of the national co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega and how we are involved on campus and in the Champaign/Urbana community.

ABOUT US The Alpha Alpha chapter of Alpha Phi Omega is a national service fraternity at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign composed of over 600+ students dedicated to upholding the three cardinal principles of the fraternity: Leadership, Friendship & Service, throughout the chapter, campus, community & country. We are available to assist in any volunteer efforts. The purpose of Alpha Phi Omega shall be to assemble students in a national service fraternity in the fellowship of principles derived from the Scout Oath and Law of the Boy Scouts of America; to develop leadership, to promote friendship and to provide service to humanity; and to further the freedom that is our national, educational and intellectual heritage. Alpha Phi Omega's Vision is to be recognized as the premier servicebased leadership development organization. We are not just a service club, and we are not just a social fraternity. We believe that fellowship strengthens our organization, and service provides the opportunity for growth, but ultimately, we exist to build leadership. Our Mission is to prepare campus and community leaders through service. For this reason, the members of our chapter alone contribute over 30,000 hours of service to our surrounding chapter, campus, community, and country each year. We are always looking for more opportunities to get involved on campus and in the community.

Organizations We Work With This a brief list of the organization that APO works with on a regular basis. APO also works with several other organizations for less frequent and one-time projects.

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The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen Salt & Light Ministry TIMES Center The Salvation Army Books to Prisoners Douglass Center Eator Tutoring Refugee Tutoring ETC Coffeehouse Heartland Health Service Heritage Nursing Center Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) PetSmart Adoption Swann Special Care Services UniPlace Christian Church Boy Scouts Girl Scouts Champaign-Urbana Schools Orpheum Children’s Museum Society for Hooved Animals’ Rescue & Emergency

Community Comments “As a community leader, I have had the opportunity to work with APO in several volunteer capacities. I have found APO brothers to consistently show professionalism and dedication to the volunteer tasks set before them. As an advisor to the fraternity, it is my goal to help foster a life-long commitment to what APO is all about--leadership, friendship and service.” -Angela Urban, Alpha Alpha Advisor, Community Center for the Arts Communications & Planning Manager

“The Robeson Elementary PTA loves to work with the hardworking members of APO, who help make our events so successful. Good communication and deliver as promised, every time. In particular, a large crew ran all of the games at our annual Fall Festival, freeing up the parents and teachers to concentrate on other tasks. I am always happy to hear the very positive comments from both the students and their parents about how we have such professional and friendly people. APO makes us look good!” - P.J. Patterson, Robeson Elementary Volunteer Coordinator “Over the years, I’ve worked with APO members on a wide variety of projects and events, and the volunteers are always enthusiastic and professional. No matter what the task, they pitch in to help. APO members are dedicated to service, and they care about improving our local community. I regard the organization as a valuable community resource.” - Molly Delaney, Alpha Alpha Advisor, Education Outreach Director at Illinois Public Media "UniPlace is very fortunate to partner with Alpha Phi Omega on several outreach projects. Each week, volunteers assist with our Open Door Food Pantry, Chatterbox International Cafe and Community Dinner. APO volunteers are friendly, energetic and punctual. APO service fraternity enables us to do more than we thought possible in our community, and we are very grateful!”

-Allison Woodridge, University Place Christian Church, Outreach Development Fellow

“As a staff member in the Office of Public Engagement, I lead a committee in planning the annual Community & Campus Day of Service. This year, APO took on an even more active role and coordinated an awareness and education campaign about hunger issues in our local community related to the Day of Service event. They not only encouraged students to participate in the volunteering events, but they also enabled students to better understand that hunger is a problem within the US as well as abroad… and as close as our local community. They led a campaign that included education on food waste as well as the difficulties of managing to provide food for a family on a tight budget, especially when trying to emphasizes healthy foods. APO was a critical part of the Day of Service team and I look forward to working with them on these and other activities” -Sarah Zher, Office of Public Engagement, Director of Operations

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Geena Wakeley Alpha Phi Omega Alpha Phi Omega Host First Annual 5K to Support Special Olympics Champaign, IL April 12th, 2014 — The Alpha Alpha chapter of Alpha Phi Omega hosted it first annual 5K race at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Arboretum. The race attracted over 110 participants from the student body and community. This is the first time Alpha Alpha has ever hosted an event of this type. The 5K was a huge success and raised a total of $1200 that will be donated to the Special Olympics Area 8 which includes the area of Kankakee, Iroquois, Ford, Piatt, Champaign and Vermilion. Alpha Alpha’s contribution will go towards for venue cost for competitions, awards for the athletes, games supplies and meals at the competitions. The event was planned by students Priyal Admin, Haley Johnson, and Joel Sarmiento with the help of several committee members. The 5K idea was created to in hopes of creating an event that encompassed out three pillars; Leadership, Fellowship, and Service. An event in which the entire chapter could participate in and in which the community could. After 11 long months of planning, the event was a huge success. For additional information please contact the 5K Coordinators, Priyal Admin and Joel Sarmiento at Alpha Phi Omega National Coed Service Fraternity has more than 17,000 male and female student members at 366 college campuses nationwide. Its mission is to prepare campus and community leaders through service. Its purpose is to develop leadership, to promote friendship and to provide service to humanity. Founded at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania in 1925, it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Independence, Missouri. More than 350,000 members have joined Alpha Phi Omega since its founding. The Alpha Alpha Chapter at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign was first chartered in 1932. The

chapter provides service to the community, leadership development and fellowship opportunities to its membership. ###

Marketing Piece

Every semester, Alpha Alpha plans a weekend retreat for the chapter. Retreat is Alpha Alpha’s premier chapter bonding event. This semester's theme was theme was “Surviving Together.” Throughout these two days members worked together to develop skills we need to live, thrive, and survive - both in the great outdoors and in the great adventure of life. This marketing piece was created by the Retreat Marketing Committee and used for the retreat registration website and Facebook cover photos.

Media Coverage

The chapter was recognized for one of our service projects where we leave Post-Its with encouraging and uplifting notes around campus building to help brighten someone’s day. Article can be retrieved here:

Media Coverage

A member of our chapter wrote an article for the Daily Illini about his experiences on an Alpha Phi Omega Spring Break Trip. Article can be retrieved from:

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Contact Us Address: Alpha Phi Omega 260 RSO Complex, Box 87 Illini Union 1401 W Green Street Urbana, IL 61801 Website: Facebook: Twitter: @APOAlphaAlpha

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