Our Club's Philanthropic Efforts



In 2016-2017, Portland Metro was selected as one of the five locations to help Pi Beta Phi Fraternity host a 2017 Fraternity Day of Service Signature Event. Chanel LaChappa Sheragy, California Iota, and Maja Tanaka Berge, Oregon Alpha, co-chaired the event at which 20,000 new books were given to local Title I teachers and leaders in organizations that serve kids in need.

Members from both Lake Oswego-Dunthorpe Alumnae Club and Portland Alumnae Club plus Oregon Gamma and Oregon Alpha collegians worked on this event together and in conjunction with Pi Beta Phi Headquarters staff and other Fraternity officers.

Approximately 125 volunteers worked on the event over the two-day period of setting up (3-8 p.m. on Friday) and giving away the books (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday). We had nearly 110 groups pick up books for the children that they serve. It was an amazing event!

Click here to access the Signature Event webpage which has more information this fabulous event plus some of the thank you messages that we have received.



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Our club uses a portion of member dues (and special donations) and our annual silent auction proceeds to support Pi Beta Phi's philanthropies as well as local charitable organizations.

HOW WE SUPPORTED PI BETA PHI FRATERNITY AND THE FOUNDATION IN THE LAST FEW YEARS:
  • Unrestricted gift to Pi Beta Phi Fraternity
  • Unrestricted gift to Pi Beta Phi Foundation (aka Friendship Fund)
  • Holt House
  • The Literacy Fund
  • First Book®
  • Local Literacy Initiative
  • Emma Harper Turner Fund
  • Arrow in the Arctic
  • Gift for the new Centennial Plaza
  • Alumnae Continuing Education Scholarships Fund
  • Arrowmont Fund

LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE HAVE SUPPORTED IN THE LAST FEW YEARS:

  • Sarah J. Anderson Elementary in Vancouver

  • First Book Portland

  • Lakewood Center for the Arts (our interest group Drama Queens loves the theatre's productions) ... we are listed in their program at the ANGEL DONOR level.

  • LifeChange / Union Gospel Mission via Portland Alumnae Panhellenic's project

  • West Women's and Children's Shelter for Fraternity Day of Service 2015 ... Our Cat in the Hat hosted a Dr. Seuss birthday party for children who are homeless due to domestic violence. We provided books to the children and donations to First Book Portland.

  • Boys and Girls Aid (via Hayden's Holiday) ... our generous members donated an SUV full of toys, gift cards and books at our holiday luncheon in 2014.

  • New Avenues for Youth

  • Raphael House ... we donated several boxes of clothing and personal care items via Portland Alumnae Panhellenic's collection


In September 2014, our group was decked out in our new "theme" halos and T-shirts as we participated in a walk to support FIRST BOOK PORTLAND.




Click on the Cat in the Hat below to watch Club Secretary Jennifer Johnson in action during our Fraternity Day of Service event at Kelly Elementary School with four 3rd grade classes.