Domestic Violence Awareness
When I made the decision to come to Stetson, I knew I wanted to continue to give back to my community, as I had in high school. At the time, I had no idea that the way in which I would do that would be through Alpha Chi Omega. As Vice President of Philanthropy, I have the honor of working closely with our local domestic violence shelter, the Beacon Center.
My position consists of raising money and awareness for the shelter, as well as organizing our shelter trips throughout the year. I have the privilege of meeting the women, men, and children who live at the Beacon Center and seeing the wonderful work they do there, firsthand. Being able to give back to an organization that is located less than an hour from campus, was one of the unique characteristics that drew me to Alpha Chi Omega.
On-campus, one of our main endeavors is spreading awareness about domestic violence and the detrimental impact it has on families each day. We do this weekly through the educational activities we have with our sisters and larger events such as our Golden Lyre Gala. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men fall victim to physical violence at the hands of a partner, through our work on campus and partnership with the Beacon Center, we are working on lowering those statistics with the ultimate goal of eradicating domestic violence.
Whichever wonderful organization you end up calling home, I would encourage you to invest a significant portion of your time into giving back. Not only is it extremely rewarding, but it truly does make a difference in so many lives.
-Caroline Goodman MC '19
Domestic violence can affect males and females of any age, race, socio-economic status, and religion. Our mission, as Alpha Chi Omegas, is to break the silence. We speak out when it is hard for others to find their voices. We hold events to spread awareness and to talk when people normally wouldn't. Each semester we have a philanthropy event to raise money for the Domestic Abuse Council of Volusia County. In the spring semester, we also have a Healthy Relationships Week where we reach out to the Stetson community in order to promote healthy relationships and give people resources to find help if they need it.
Domestic violence is not just physical abuse, it can be emotional, psychological, or even financial. If you or a loved one is experiencing abuse, reach out for help. The following videos can give a realistic idea of what domestic violence can look and sound like. If you feel any anxiety or have questions/concerns then do not hesitate to reach out for help. You can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233.
Golden Lyre Gala, Fall 2019
At the start of the 2019 spring semester, I decided to plan Alpha Chi Omega’s first-ever Golden Lyre Gala. I wanted to make a larger impact on our philanthropy, domestic violence awareness, and our local shelter. At the Golden Lyre Gala, we had a buffet-style dinner, cash bar, silent auction, music, and speeches from the Beacon Center and gala committee. We had over 200 hundred friends, families, alumni, and Stetson faculty attend. From the Gala, as a chapter, we raised over $11,000 and will be something we continue for years to come.
-Kristine Hewitt MC '17