Pi Beta Phi members participate in a variety of exciting events focused on philanthropic activities, developing leadership skills, and building the bonds of sisterhood.
Along with our other values, philanthropic service to others is very important to the members of the Virginia Epsilon chapter of Pi Beta Phi. Our national philanthropy is the Read > Lead > Achieve initiative. By hosting various events, Virginia Epsilon benefits national organizations such as First Book, Read Across America, and Champions are Readers. On a more myopic scale, we pride ourselves in donating our time to the Charlottesville community as well. Our local philanthropy is the Charlottesville Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA), and many of our members are Peer Health Educators on grounds. We’ve also partnered with Johnson Elementary School for the Champions are Readers program in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday. Members of our chapter dress in Cat in the Hat costumes and read to young children in the classroom once a week.
To benefit these national and community organizations, we hold a number of events throughout the school year, including Oktoberphest (our joint philanthropy with Phi Delta Theta) in the fall and various trunk shows throughout the year. This spring, we will be participating in an event called Miles for Margaret to raise money for First Book® while honoring the memory of Margaret Lowe, a sister who passed away three years ago. VA Epsilon is partnering with various local businesses in the community to host this 5K run, one of our favorite annual traditions!