John Herbert Phillips Academy
The Theta Phi Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta is excited to bring the Kindly Hearts Campaign to UAB. We see how our local community was devastated after the COVID-19 pandemic, and know that we can realize our potential through supporting our local communities that were hit the hardest this past year. Our sisters are deploying our talents, time, and experience to serve those in need, and this year we are specifically helping a local Kindergarten through Eighth Grade School, known as the John Herbert Phillips Academy (JHPA).
About John Herbert Phillips Academy:
- Is a Primary and Middle Years Program IB World School for K-8th Grades
- Partnered with Tuskegee, the Birmingham Public Library, and a few other organizations, JHPA is working to renovate and reform itself to better serve its' students
- One of the youngest local schools here in Birmingham
- It is located in between several of the Birmingham United Neighborhoods, on 7th Avenue North
Here are a few fundraising and volunteering events our chapter has held in the past!
"Xi Man Sweetheart Competition"
Our major philanthropy event in the spring bring our chapter closer to our campus and Greek community. One man representing each on campus fraternity and one man representing the non-Greek community compete in a lip-sync battle to be our "Xi Man". The week leading up to the lip-sync battle, contestants partake in tabling events on the UAB campus green to sell t-shirts and tickets to raise money for Kindly Hearts. Sisters have so much fun helping these men come up with their lip-sync routines and the audience can always count on an entertaining performance! This event brings UAB and the surrounding community together to help raise money to help our local community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. We couldn’t ask for a more perfect day!
"Into the Streets"
Every year, UAB hosts a campus-wide volunteering day! Our volunteer work ranges each year based on the needs of the Birmingham community. In 2019, we helped host the event "Touch-a-Truck", which helped prepare and introduce children with Autism or other sensory-disorders adjust to emergency vehicles, their sounds, and how to respond. We brought some fun with us though, with some amazing mascots, snacks, mini-games, and even some fun trucks such as Monster Trucks and racing cars!
"Boo at the Zoo"
During the fall, the Theta Phi chapter loves to assist the Birmingham community. One of our favorite events is "Boo at the Zoo", a sensory-friendly night at the Birmingham Zoo! The sisters of the Theta Phi chapter volunteer to help bring some Halloween joy to the families of Birmingham. From setting up minigames, trick-or-treating with the families, running the train, and even hosting a petting zoo, our sisters and the zoo volunteers do everything to make this night special and accommodating to each child's needs.
Another favorite volunteer spot of ours is the local school "Mitchell's Place", a specialized school for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. They are equipped with specially trained educators and therapists to help not only give each child a full schooling experience, but help counsel children in social, communicative, adaptive and academic functioning. We love going out and hosting a special Halloween party for them, with arts & crafts tables, inflatable slides, and treats to go all around!