Pi Kappa Phi organizes a variety of events to increase disability awareness on campus and in the community. Events like wheelchair basketball, guest speakers and Empathy Dinners help members of Pi Kappa Phi to spread a message of acceptance and understanding for people with disabilities.
Pi Kappa Phis across the nation have collectively raised over $10 million in support of the various programs The Ability Experience offers. Members create unique events at every campus. Chapters organize sporting events, raffles, disability speaking presentations, among many other eye-catching events on campus.
Pi Kappa Phi chapters across the country are becoming more involved in their communities through volunteer relationships with local organizations that support people with disabilities. Pi Kappa Phi chapters who have a volunteer relationship are eligible for grants through The Ability Experience to help people with disabilities in their local community. Locally, the Beta Omicron Chapter is involved in the following projects:
- ABILITY WEEK: The Theta Pi Chapter’s “Ability Week” aims to spread awareness about disabilities on the UT Tyler campus, raise funds for The Ability Experience, and provide service to enhance the lives of those with disabilities. The week has included disability awareness activities such as a wheelchair basketball game, cycling marathon, “Peg A Pi Kapp,” an empathy dinner, or “Spread the Word to End the Word” awareness campaign.
- TEXAS RAMP PROJECT: Each semester, members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at UT Tyler volunteer countless hours with the Texas Ramp Project. The Texas Ramp Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to establish regional wheelchair ramp-building programs across Texas. The regional Ramp Projects provide free wheelchair ramps to elderly and disabled clients in need identified by local health care professionals. Fraternity members and other volunteers from the community construct ramps for East Texans in need.
- AMBUCS PARTNERSHIP: Pi Kappa Phi has established an active partnership with the Tyler area AMBUCS, a civic club made up of business men and women in the Tyler area who are dedicated to creating mobility and independence for those with disabilities. This partnership allows our members to interact with our friends with disabilities and provide services to the association as needed. The Theta Pi Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi is also able to award a ‘Circle of Giving’ grant through The Ability Experience. Circle of Giving grants are 25% of the chapter’s fundraising for the year and given to our local volunteer relationship.
- AccessABILITY: This construction program provides opportunities for Pi Kappa Phis across the country to get involved in their local community. Through the construction of wheelchair ramps, The Ability Experience and Pi Kappa Phi are making homes more accessible for families year after year. This program is designed to benefit families who have a family member with a disability.