Make a Wish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a non-profit organization that organizes and plans events which help grant what they so lovingly call ''wishes" to children with life-threatening medical conditions. They believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer for a child in need. This belief inspires them to grant wishes that can change the lives of the kids and families that they serve through this organization. Through these wishes a child can experience all kinds of joy such as meeting their favorite athlete, traveling abroad on a cruise, getting to portray their favorite superhero, or even going to Disney World for the first time. The possibilities for these wishes are almost endless and on average, at least one wish is granted every 37 minutes somewhere in the US. The national headquarters is located in Phoenix, Arizona with 62 other individual Make-A-Wish chapters located all over the US.
Chi Omega, which is the world's largest women's fraternal organization, selected Make-A-Wish as its national charity in 2002. Since then, the organization has contributed over 760,000 volunteer hours and raised nearly $15 million which has helped grant wishes. The sisters of Iota Kappa partner with our local Make-A-Wish Chapter, Make-A-Wish Alabama. In the past three and a half years, Make-A-Wish Alabama has granted nearly 400 wishes. Currently serving all 67 counties in the state of Alabama, this Make-A-Wish will grant over 120 wishes this year alone for Alabama children with life-threatening illnesses.
Our Chapter, Iota Kappa, raised over $32,879.32 for Make-a-Wish Alabama in the 2016-2017 academic year!
Visit Make a Wish's Website here to read more about the impact they have on so many children's lives!
A Note from our Philanthropy Chair:
Hey y’all! My name is Kayla Flowers and I am extremely honored to be able to serve this year as Iota Kappa’s Director of Community Service.
My job allows me to plan and organize all the events for our chapter throughout the year that raise money for our philanthropy, Make-A-Wish. This organization allows children who have been diagnosed with life-threatening diseases to live out their biggest wishes through donations made by people like us. Last year, Chi Omega at Troy University was able to raise $32,879.32 for Make-A-Wish which was enough to grant multiple wishes and even throw a “wish granting” party for one of our wish recipients!
To raise all of the money we donated, we host multiple events throughout the year. Our first two events, which occur in the spring semester, are “Smooches with Pooches” and “Swishes for Wishes”. “Smooches” was a new event we incorporated this year and is by far one of my favorite events we have done. We brought in local puppies and kittens from the Troy Animal Rescue Project and had a kissing booth and photo props on the quad where people could stop and play with the animals on Valentine’s Day (puppies are the best Valentine’s date a girl can have, right??) We then wrapped up spring semester with a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, which became very interesting when some members from the Troy University Women’s Basketball Team entered into the competition and asked to face some of the Fraternity guys on campus!
As the fall begins to roll around, we start planning our philanthropy packed “Wish Week”. This week is full of events such as a kickball tournament, spirit nights, a karaoke contest, and a 5K to finish off the week. Last year, our wish week was carnival themed and we had the “Karaoke Kraze” on the front lawn of the Chi Omega house where all of our sisters and guest could watch fraternity groups, individuals, and other sorority members battle it out while everyone watched on blankets and enjoyed some popcorn. The 5K on Saturday was full of tutus and all things colorful as our sisters sprayed the runners with colored dye to leave them with a tie dyed shirt to keep!
All of the events we do allow us as sisters to come together and create even stronger friendships, but also allow us to raise money for the organization that means so much to us as a chapter. Make-A-Wish has impacted all of our lives tremendously; some of our sisters have deep personal connections such as having wishes granted for them when they were younger, while others have cultivated a deep love for the organizations through seeing the impact that these wishes can have on the recipients. I can’t wait to plan out the events for this upcoming year and to show our community how much Make-A-Wish means to the sisters of the Iota Kappa Chapter of Chi Omega!