Philanthropy

Alpha Phi Omega Tau Chapter not only serves the campus of the University of Florida and the wider Gainesville community through our weekly service program, but also serves the nation or even the world by way of our Philanthropy Program. Each semester, the Philanthropy Chairs select a national or international organization or cause to raise money for throughout the semester. A check is presented to the organization at the end of the semester from our chapter. In Spring 2019, Tau raised over $1200 for Days For Girls and contributed over 100 service hours to the organization. In Fall 2019, Tau raised over $1800 for Hope Lodge and volunteered there multiple times throughout the semester.

Each semester, the Alpha Phi Omega Tau chapter supports a different organization as our philanthropy that we believe demonstrates the key principles of leadership, friendship, and service. This semester, our philanthropy is Kids Count of Alachua county, which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides free after school programs for students grades K-3 in low performing elementary schools in Gainesville. Our chapter chose this organization because the funds we raise will go a long way in helping local children succeed and we appreciate that Kids Count will provide opportunities for long-term success for children who need extra support.

There are many different ways our chapter will be helping Kids Count this semester. Partnering with Kids Count adds an impactful, structured service with children where brothers of our chapter can make meaningful differences. Volunteering with Kids Count can mean assisting in the after school classrooms, tutoring one-on-one with a student who needs extra support, helping with numerous “Friday enrichment activities”, and even doing things like helping around the school with potential projects like repainting the playground. In addition, our chapter also plans on helping Kids Count by collecting donations of items such as school supplies, playground equipment, and board games and puzzles (please visit https://www.kidscountalachuacounty.org/volunteer/ for the full list of items that can be donated.) We are looking forward to a great semester with an even greater organization and cannot wait to dive into Kids Count and make meaningful impacts on the children of Alachua county!

To contact our Philanthropy Chairs, email apotauphil@gmail.com.