Alpha Iota is an international honorary business sorority that was founded in 1925. It is a non-profit sorority with chapters in the United States and Canada. “Alpha Iota of Grand Rapids” Chapter has 17 active members at this time, and meets once a month. AI is more service-oriented than social. “We are always looking for interesting and useful ways to volunteer and WGVU has provided many different volunteer opportunities for us over the years. Our members have participated in the membership drives, the wine events, and the auctions.”
Among the other local service projects and organizations that we volunteer for are:
Davenport University Alumnae functions (AI is an alumnae organization of DU); Kids Food Basket - making sack lunches; Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, - running bingo parties, providing prizes and refreshments, and donating reading materials; Equestrian Center - stuffing plastic Easter eggs (7,000) for its annual Easter egg hunt; Collecting and donating various items and product labels for the American Legion, Sibley Elementary School, Sight Seers, God’s Kitchen, clothing for the Women’s Resource Center and the Pregnancy Resource Center, and many more.
On the national level, all AI Chapters financially support the work of Heartspring, an institution headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, which provides hearing and speech therapy services for profoundly hearing-impaired and otherwise handicapped children and young adults from all over the country.
While it sounds like we do a lot of work, our volunteerism also provides us with many opportunities to meet new people and enjoy ourselves socially. Members of Alpha Iota of Grand Rapids especially enjoy volunteering for WGVU, as we believe in the programming it provides.
Women who may be interested in learning more about Alpha Iota can visit the website: alphaiota.org, or contact Joanne Riedl at firstname.lastname@example.org.