Sweet treats served an even sweeter cause during Pi Beta Phi sorority’s two-day philanthropy event to fight illiteracy. Pi Beta Phi promotes literacy both nationally and locally with “First Book” and “Read. Lead. Achieve.” through multiple fundraising events throughout the year.
On February 10th and 11th, 2016, members of the sorority took turns working shifts on the first floor of the Baker University Center where they sold homemade sugar cookies and hot chocolate. Students and faculty members alike who supported “Warm Up With Pi Beta Phi” expressed gratitude for the steamy beverage as the temperature dropped lower and lower.
Although some customers commented that it was far too early for sugar, many children walked away with smiles on their faces and cookies in hand.
The women had fun joking with students on their way to class and attempting to persuade them to support the worthy cause.
Above is a post by Pi Beta Phi’s official Instagram account at Ohio University. Cookies and hot chocolate sold for $1 each.
Megan Girvin, the spearhead of the event, is the vice president of philanthropy for the organization. She baked all of the sugar cookies for the event and then enlisted the help of other members to decorate them as a way for the women to bond and spend some time all together.
“We raised a little over $175, but being one of our smaller events, it was more about getting the girls involved,” said Girvin.
Leaders in the organization take every opportunity they can to promote member participation. Not only did Pi Beta Phi use this event to give back to the community, but it was also a way for new members to contribute and get to know more upperclassmen. The $175 will go toward supporting local schools in Athens County.
Girvin stated that Pi Phi will hold more philanthropies in the upcoming months. These events will earn significantly more money than Warm Up with Pi Beta Phi. The sorority will also hold “Knoodles for Knowledge” and “Pi Burger Phi” to support its campaign against illiteracy.
To find out more about the Ohio Alpha chapter of Pi Beta Phi, the organization’s website provides detailed information about its philanthropy and the chapter as a whole.