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Alpha Chi brings the love

The Parthenon

Published: Friday, February 15, 2013

Updated: Friday, February 15, 2013 00:02

Alpha Chi Omega of Marshall University donated money and homemade valentine cards to Branches Domestic Violence Shelter as an extension of their philanthropy.

Nationally, Alpha Chi Omega’s philanthropy is in domestic violence awareness. The Marshall chapter does a variety of work with Branches in Huntington,.

Branches is a non-profit agency that empowers families and individuals affected by domestic violence in the area. Branches offers legal assistance, counseling and case management in conjunction with safe housing in order to help clients become more independent.  
Alpha Chi raised the funds that they donated through their “Pie an Alpha Chi” event and from a pancake breakfast in the fall.

Six members of Alpha Chi presented a check to Branches on Valentine’s Day in the Memorial Student Center.

Jana Herman, a junior nursing major and vice president of Alpha Chi recruitment, said the chapter takes pride in giving back to those affected by domestic violence and that it is important to them.

“It means a lot to us because it is so prevalent in our society today,” Herman said. “It hits close to home because almost all of us know at least one person affected by domestic violence.

Alpha Chi also made valentine cards with the help of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. They presented the cards to Branches on Thursday. The girls of Alpha Chi told Branches the valentines were to remind the women and children at the shelter that they were loved.

The funds and valentines were greatly appreciated by the Branches representatives. Development coordinator, Amanda Weiss-McComas said the funds would help the clients at the shelter.

“We are completely grant and donation funded,” Weiss-McComas said.

The donation Alpha Chi gave will go into their general fund account that aids in providing services for clients. The services are all completely free of charge.

Alpha Chi has presented valentine cards and a donation to Branches for two years.

Herman said they are hoping to make it a yearly tradition.

Caitlin Kinder-Munday can be contacted at

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