Alpha Xi Delta Recognizes National Foster Care Month

This National Foster Care Month and Foster Care Awareness Day, Alpha Xi Delta Sisters take the time to recognize the experience of children and teens who are in foster care and acknowledge the service of foster families and professionals who support the foster care community.

In the United States, there are over 400,000 children and teens experiencing foster care. On average, twenty thousand youth between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one are released from the foster care system annually, with 1 in 5 foster youth becoming homeless after age eighteen. Through the Kindly Hearts Initiative, Alpha Xi Delta, its chapters, and associations identify local and national nonprofits that serve the foster care community, both nationally and locally, and work with them as Impact Organizations through our philanthropic focus of supporting children and teens experiencing foster care or homelessness.

This National Foster Care Month, Alpha Xi Delta shares our undying hope that all children and teens who have experienced foster care will have the opportunity to realize their potential. We celebrate our chapters' collaborations and efforts to help support access to essential resources and support through their Impact Organization's work and positively impact and serve those experiencing foster care in their local communities. 

Georgia Tech benefitting Atlanta Angels

The Gamma Eta Chapter at Georgia Tech raised more than $17,000 benefitting its Local Impact Organization, Atlanta Angels, a nonprofit that supports children, youth, and families in the local foster care community through one on one mentoring, physical resource supports for foster families and more. The chapter also collaborated with the Georgia Tech Athletic Association and student-athletes to promote and execute a toy drive to benefit the Atlanta Children’s Shelter which raised $4700 for the campaign.  

Kent State benefitting Caring for Kids

The Beta Tau Chapter at Kent State University held its AmaXIng Challenge Xi Man event, in fall 2023. The chapter raised more than $40,000 which benefitted its Local Impact Organization Caring for Kids, a nonprofit adoption, foster care, and birth parent services agency in Ohio. 

North Carolina State benefitting Children’s Home Society

Zeta Rho Chapter achieved remarkable milestones in philanthropy during fall 2023 semester. Their AmaXing Blue & Gold Gala raised an impressive $26,563 benefitting its Local Impact Organization Children’s Home Society which supports families, children and teens experiencing foster care in their local community.

Going beyond monetary contributions, the chapter donated and wrapped 160 toys for the Children's Home Society. At the conclusion of the semester, the chapter had raised a grand total of $31,903 through its philanthropic work. Looking ahead, the Zeta Rho Chapter eagerly anticipates the future of the Kindly Hearts Initiative and its focus of supporting children and teens experiencing foster care. 

University of Texas benefitting Helping Hand Home

In November 2023, the Beta Alpha Chapter at the University of Texas hosted its annual Casino Night Gala at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center in Austin! The chapter raised $62,217.52 in support of its Local Impact Organization, Helping Hand Home. Helping Hand Home provides residential treatment to children experiencing foster care, abuse, and neglect. Over 450 Sisters, parents, friends, and alumnae attended the event and experienced games, food, music, as well as presentations from Helping Hand Home representatives.

In addition to Casino Night, Beta Alpha has also hosted a Taco Xi food fundraising event at their chapter house which raised an additional $5000 for Helping Hand Home! When Sisters were asked to share what they love about working with the chapter’s Impact Organization, Anna Martinez commented, “I love the connections made with the kids and seeing what our impact does to make a difference in their day!!”