Our Sisters look forward to increasing autism awareness on our campus and working with Autism Speaks. The world's largest autism advocacy organization, Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. With one in 68 children diagnosed with autism and no known cure, Alpha Xi Delta is committed to improving the lives of children and families affected by autism.
Our goal is to increase awareness and funds within the community and help put one more piece of the autism puzzle in place. Last year we raised $29,127 for Autism Speaks! Alpha Xi Delta, Theta Nu sisters hold Autism Speaks close to their hearts, and work very hard with each event held. Check out what we have done!
The Autism Speaks Walk:
"The Autism Speaks Walk occurs once a year at Duke University in Durham, NC. We walk with other AXiD chapters from North Carolina and it is our biggest event and fundraiser of the year! This past Spring we raised almost $16,000 from the walk alone - almost twice as much as last year!
Bump It Thump It:
Bump It Thump It (BITI) is our biannual sand volleyball tournament for fraternities, sororities, and all campus organizations on campus. Our sisters act as their coaches and referees as they compete against one another. The winners of each bracket receive a $100 reward to donate to a charity of their choice. This past Spring we raised almost $2,300.
XI Week and XITI Dinner: Xi Week is our biannual event that raises money all week for Autism Speaks. Our sisters sell Xi treats and advertise our XITI dinner that also occurs during that week. This biannual fundraiser is our most popular event across campus. Students enjoy a night of all-you-can-eat home made ziti, garlic knots, and desserts for only $5 each. This past Spring we broke our record and raised $4,772.40 for Autism Speaks!
Special Fridays occurs once a month and provides childcare for children of all ages with Autism. Theta Nu sisters volunteer so that parents and families of children with autism can have a night out worry-free. Our sisters look forward to volunteering every month. This event gives us the opportunity to give back to the community and really connect with our philanthropy.
In addition to these events, we also participate in profit shares, bake sales, and other events. Every Spring, the varsity Elon baseball team and Theta Nu host a game honoring Autism Speaks. Community members and children and families living with autism are invited to come watch while the sisters of Theta Nu hold a bake sale as well as fun outdoor games. In addition to fundraising events, we hope to bring speakers in the Fall to raise awareness for Autism for our chapter as well as the Elon community.