Each semester the Alpha Omicron Chapter participates in a variety of philanthropy projects.
Our National Philanthropy is "Ag in the Classroom." Sisters will go to various schools and teach young children the value of agriculture in a fun learning environment.
Last year we collected canned food items and backpacks for a ministry in Northeast Georgia called Backpack Love. We made baby blankets for a battered women's shelter. Many girls also participated in blood drives. One of our favorites this past semester was writing Valentine's Day cards for deployed soliders. They were very appreciative of it and a lot of them got in touch with us to say thank you. A lot of girls also volunteer at the local animal shelter whenever there is free time.
This year, we plan on creating a Sigma Alpha Relay for Life team to raise money for cancer research. We also plan on participating in UGA's Relay for Life event in April.
Did you know that a few years ago, students voted that a major in agriculture was one of the most useless majors? Because of this, each spring, the chapter hosts its very own Ag Awareness day, "AG Day at Tate," to promote our National Philanthropy, Ag in the Classroom. On this day you can go to Tate and take pictures with llamas, cows, and learn why agriculture is so important.
We also provide a $500 scholarship for an incoming female freshman each year.
In 2010, the Sigma Alpha Relay for Life team raised over 1,000 for Cancer research, prevention, and detection. In 2013 this chapter donated to Water Is Life International towards a well pump project that provided clean water for rural south-central Ethiopia. In 2013 this chapter also spent the spring sister retreat laying oyster beds in Charleston, South Carolina.
Other philanthropy activities include: AGR Night in the Cold, writing letters to soldiers, donating animal supplies, and participating in Toys for Tots