Southeast Missouri State University’s Delta Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega has been honored with a Distinguished Service Award by the Safe House for Women in Cape Girardeau for support and dedication to the Safe House.
The award was presented at the Safe House for Women Annual Luncheon July 20 at the Isle Casino in Cape Girardeau. The annual banquet recognized the service of the Safe House’s volunteers, partners, donors and staff.
The philanthropy mission for Southeast’s Alpha Chi Omega chapter is to support victims of domestic violence.
“We’re very grateful to have this great relationship with the Safe House for Women and to know that the work we’re doing is helping the community and making a positive impact,” said Alexis Dilg, Alpha Chi Omega chapter president at Southeast. “We’re honored to be recognized by the Safe House for Women.”
Southeast’s Alpha Chi Omega chapter was selected because of the many years they have supported the Safe House with events such as fundraisers and collection drives, and promoting the Safe House’s values and mission, said Jessica Hicks, director of the Safe House for Women.
“It’s so great to have an organization like Alpha Chi Omega that is willing to help and is enthusiastic about our work and mission,” she said.
Alpha Chi Omega’s recognition by the Safe House for Women is a great spotlight on the chapter’s dedication to its mission and philanthropy, said Dr. Bruce Skinner, associate vice president for student life.
“Alpha Chi Omega represents the best part of what Southeast’s Greek Life does for our community,” Skinner said. “Alpha Chi Omega has a proud tradition at Southeast of supporting community organizations. This award demonstrates how dedicated they are to serving others without the concern of receiving credit and going above and beyond to honoring their organization’s guiding principles.”
The Safe House for Women is a not-for-profit, private domestic violence agency that provides safe shelter, 24-hour crisis hot line services, intensive case management, counseling, court advocacy, referral services and education programs. Established in 1991, the Safe House also advocates for social change and public policy that protect a person’s right to live free of abuse.
To promote domestic violence awareness, the chapter hosts multiple fundraising events throughout the academic year, including an annual 5K walk/run, a chili cook off fall dinner and “Frisbee Fling” spring ultimate Frisbee competition, said Dilg. New this year, the chapter also hosted a clothing drive and will help staff the set-up crew for the VinategeNOW Fashion Show, an event sponsored by the Safe House for Women in October.
“All our proceeds and donations are donated to the Safe House for Women to help women and children in our local community,” Dilg said. “This recognition is a great reminder of why we do what we do.”
The chapter is also dedicated to raising awareness on Southeast’s campus by promoting Healthy Relationships Week in February, hosting education tables in the University Center, advocating the “Share the Love” campaign on social media and participating in Southeast’s Walk-a-Mile in Her Shoes event.
“I’m very proud of the work we’ve done, and we look forward to continuing to support the Safe House for Women and our community,” said Dilg.