08 Jan 2018 National Convention Attendees Give Back Through Special Service Project
More than 1,400 Alpha Phi Omega brothers rallied together at the 45th Biennial National Convention in Austin, TX in a celebration of Leadership, Friendship and Service while teaming with the Salvation Army for a special day of volunteering. Convention participants spent the afternoon assembling more than 20,000 hygiene care kits to donate to the Austin-area Salvation Army.
“For the first time in our Fraternity’s history, this year’s National Convention featured a Convention-wide service project. In the spirit of Alpha Phi Omega, brothers worked together as a National Fraternity as a model of our Convention’s theme: Building Community,” said Brandon Etz, Convention Chair and Epsilon Chapter brother.
During the four-day National Convention, brothers had opportunities to immerse themselves in fellowship with students and alumni from all types of chapters and backgrounds; engage in personal development and chapter improvement workshops; and build community through service during this all-Convention service project to benefit the community of Austin. Items for the care kits were acquired through partnering with the JW Marriott hotel and included necessary toiletry items for Austin residents in need.
“While most college students spend their winter break relaxing with family and friends, APO brothers donated their time and service to benefit the local Austin community,” Executive Director Bob London said. “It is through this dedication that members develop key leadership skills to provide service for their campuses, communities and our nation.”
Learn more about APO service projects at https://apo.org/service-mission.