National Service Initiatives
Alpha Chi members are to dedicate themselves to making their "scholarship effective for good," a pledge that has been repeated by members since the 1930s. Whether or not your chapter attends the annual spring convention, every chapter and member can find a way to contribute to our national service initiatives this year. This year, the Alpha Chi chapter making the largest impact on these organizations will receive bragging rights and the honor of being named our national “2023 Alpha Chi Service Leader.”
National Fundraiser for Cuidando Los Niños
Alpha Chi has set a national fundraising goal of at least $2,000 for Cuidando Los Niños, a preschool, rapid re-housing, and support system serving families experiencing homelessness in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Founded in 1988, their mission is to break the cycle of homelessness for children and families. Development Associate Mia Trujillo says:
We achieve this mission with services for both generations—including trauma-informed early childhood education to meet the needs of children experiencing homelessness, support services helping families become rehoused and more resilient, and advocacy alongside the families we serve. When Cuidando rehouses a family, they are often moving from a car or motel and do not have much to bring with them.
As a part of our program, we ensure that our kids have the comfortable and well-fitting shoes they need to learn and play at their best. Due to new enrollments, we are running low on shoes for their toddler and preschool classrooms. We invite you to partner with us to raise money that will replace their shoes and make a difference in their lives.
CLN will use these funds to provide shoes for children in need. A fundraising link will be provided in October that will allow each chapter to donate to this organization. Chapters wanting to participate will set up a fundraising team so their donations can be tracked.
Alpha Chi Kindness Kits
Who doesn't appreciate a kind gesture? People experiencing homelessness certainly do, so Alpha Chi is collecting supplies to assemble Kindness Kits for a homelessness shelter in Albuquerque, NM, where the national convention will be held in March 2023. You or your chapter can bring items to ABQ or you can purchase supplies now from this special AX shopping list on Smile.Amazon.com.
Delegates will be able to write encouraging notes and assemble the kits during the 2023 National Convention, Mar 30 to Apr 1. We'll deliver these to the Westside Emergency Housing Center.
Lyla June’s Pick – 7genfund.org
This year’s convention keynote speaker, Lyla June, gives her hearty endorsement to the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples. Alpha Chi will be donating $500 to show our appreciation to Lyla June for bringing her message to us in Albuquerque. If you or your chapter would also like to support this organization, you’re encouraged to visit https://7genfund.org/make-a-difference/support-us/ to learn more about the organization and a variety of ways to help, including self-education and the importance of Becoming an Ally! If you choose to make a monetary donation, please add "Alpha Chi" in the comment box.