Alpha Phi Omega

Organization: Alpha Phi Omega

Website: www.jhu.edu/aphio

Year Started: Founded in 1952 and rechartered in 1998

Alpha Phi Omega is Johns Hopkins University’s only national, co-ed community service fraternity.  The organization has strong relationships with both the campus and greater Baltimore communities and its primary goals are to provide service to others, encourage fellowship, and promote leadership in its members.

Our service program is central to Alpha Phi Omega.  The variety of projects is limitless!  We volunteer on campus and in the Baltimore community, helping with both one-time and recurring events.  Some of our favorite events include volunteering at the Baltimore Marathon, winterizing homes in the Remington area, putting on a free children’s carnival at Waverly Elementary School, participating in Relay for Life and Dance Marathon as a team, tutoring elementary through high school students at local schools, cooking food and desserts for soup kitchens and Moveable Feast, and helping other campus organizations with their events and projects.  Members are encouraged to create their own projects as well – if you want to do something, we can make it happen!

Face painting is just one of many activities at APO’s Spring Carnival.

Fellowships are coordinated so that pledges and members can get to know each other and have fun together.  Despite the large number of members in Alpha Phi Omega, these events make it very easy to get to know everyone involved.  Fellowships can be anything, from movie nights to trips to nearby restaurants or locations of interest.  Since many members are involved in other activities on campus, their events, such as music recitals, comedy skits, sports games and meets, and dance performances often become fellowships so that other members can come and support them.  There’s nothing like hearing a crowd of your brothers cheering you on!  We also host a formal every semester.  This is a great opportunity for members to get dressed up and enjoy a night out on the town.

APO members help children with crafts at Carnival.

Every semester begins with two weeks of rush events.  These events are meant to allow potential new members to meet current members of our organization and learn more about the service, fellowship, and leadership opportunities available.  There is an event for everyone!  Past rush events include everything from s’mores nights and ice cream socials to game nights, tie dying, and service projects such as making teddy bears for children in nearby hospitals.

Members enjoy brunch at Paper Moon Diner as a fellowship.

Freshmen are highly encouraged to rush Alpha Phi Omega!  This organization provides so many great ways to not only get more involved in community service during college, but also is a wonderful way to meet new people with common interests.  Everyone can find a friend in an Alpha Phi Omega member since the group is so diverse.  And it doesn’t hurt that it provides an excellent talking point during interviews and on resumes!

Representing APO by wearing our letters.

We look forward to meeting you at our rush events!  Come see what being a member of Alpha Phi Omega is all about, and have a great time in the process!

Our most recent pledge class, the Alpha Gammas of Fall 2011!

In Leadership, Friendship, and Service,

Jessica Taggart

President

JHU Class of 2012