The Theta Phi Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta is excited to bring Autism Speaks to UAB. We engage the entire university through tabling all across campus. The surrounding community is encouraged to participate through percentage nights at local restaurants as well as Light It Up Blue throughout April. Here at UAB, Alpha Xi has a strong connection to Mitchell’s Place, a school designed for autistic children to thrive. Our philanthropy reaches far beyond the borders of campus. Below is a brief summary of some of our staple events throughout the year.
"Walk to Support Autism Speaks With Alpha Xi Delta"
Our major philanthropy event in the spring consists of our chapter and our local Autism Speaks community. By partnering with other local businesses we are able to get both our campus community and local community involved in our efforts to help Autism Speaks raise both awareness and funding to support our joint cause. There are two parts in our race, one sensory friendly walk and one 5k portion. The real fun begins when the race starts.
"Baked Xiti" & "Taco Xi"
Every fall, we host ‘Baked Xiti’ or 'Taco Xi' our first official philanthropy event of the academic year. Sisters get together before the event and bake the delicious ziti or tacos from scratch. Money is raised through the tickets we sell for a full meal with desert and a drink! We invite families from Mitchell's Place, students, faculty, as well as people from all around the community to enjoy a great meal. This event helps raise both funds and awareness for Autism Speaks as well as promote the awareness of and participation in our flavor run shortly after.
Our major philanthropy event in the spring is ‘Get Lost’ with Alpha Xi Delta. Before the event date, sisters ask students, friends, and even faculty to volunteer to participate. Finally, the day arrives, and we are setup on the green and ready for the fun. The volunteers are ‘stranded on our island’ and can only get off the island through enough donations. Being ‘stuck’ isn’t all that bad, volunteers and sisters play beach games, like sand volleyball, football, and corn hole. We can even make sandcastles. This event is so much more than a day on the beach. This event brings UAB and the surrounding community together to help raise money and awareness for Autism Speaks. We couldn’t ask for a more perfect day!