As an organization, we want our chapters to thrive on the value of service. Frances E. Willard Day of Service, which is part of Alpha Phi Cares, is an annual service project dedicated to women's empowerment. It is the ideal starting point for progressing a small idea of advancement into an immense act of aid.
Alpha Phi encourages collegiate and alumnae chapters to spend a day during the month of March dedicating their time to a nearby cause. Perfectly timed during Women's History Month, members are expanding on the idea of women's empowerment and we encourage our chapters to pair with organizations affecting women.
Who is Frances E. Willard?
Frances E. Willard (FEW) Day of Service was started in 2010 in effort to raise awareness about a notable Alpha Phi alumna. She was Alpha Phi's first alumnae initiate, recommended by Syracuse Professor Dr. Coddington to the women of the Alpha chapter. Frances' presence brought enthusiasm and momentum to the inspiring young leaders of Alpha Phi, and she forever became an admired mentor.
Frances' life work surrounded equality and women's empowerment efforts during the temperance movement. She was a dedicated activist, educator, and speaker. We celebrate Frances' accomplishments throughout the month of March and hope that her desire for advancement will also inspire our members to make a difference in their community.
Frances was also the first woman to have a statue in Statuary Hall in The U.S. Capitol.
More information on Frances can be found on the Frances Willard House Museum and Archives website.
What types of service events do chapters hold?
The Director of Community Service, in partnership with the Director of Alumnae Relations, plans a service event or project for collegiate members and alumnae to jointly impact a community. Alpha Phi encourages these efforts to reflect those of Frances E. Willard by focusing on women's suffrage issues. Projects can include any effort to positive impact women locally or globally, a few examples are:
- Local battered women's shelter
- Girls on the Run
- Princess Project
- Women's Heart Health
How do I learn more about participating?
- If you are a collegiate member, reach out to your chapter's Vice President of Campus Affairs to either start organizing a project or join the planned service event.
- If you are an alumna member, reach out to your closest alumnae chapter to either start organizing a project, coordinate pairing up with a collegiate chapter or join their already planned service event.
- If you are an organization that would like to work with a collegiate or alumnae chapter, contact Beckie Eilers at firstname.lastname@example.org.