This post is written by Mike Houlihan, Theta Delta Chi’s Director of Charge Operations. He has been instrumental in making Autism Speaks U Theta Delta Chi’s international official philanthropy.
As a staff member at the Central Fraternity Office of Theta Delta Chi, I have had the pleasure of witnessing first-hand the events that led to the creation of an amazing philanthropic relationship. A year ago, a partnership between Theta Delta Chi and Autism Speaks U was nothing more than a far off distant thought. Since then, Autism Speaks U has become Theta Delta Chi’s official international philanthropy, allowing our Charges (chapters) across the United States and Canada to unite and strive to make a difference in the lives of all those touched by autism.
The partnership officially kicked off at Theta Delta Chi’s 165th Convention in Toronto where representatives from each Charge participated in a session to learn about autism, Autism Speaks and Autism Speaks U. They were then introduced to Autism Speaks U DodgeBrawl, Theta Delta Chi’s signature fundraising and awareness event that all Charges are asked to host in fall semester. The representatives received several materials including a planning guide, as well as a Theta Delta Chi grant application, which gives the Charges the ability to apply for a grant to help mitigate the cost of organizing and running an event benefitting Autism Speaks. Armed with a plethora of information and materials, the representatives returned to their respective Charges ready to begin preparation for the fall semester’s efforts.
On behalf of all Theta Delta Chi brothers, current undergraduates and alumni, we are proud to support Autism Speaks, the nation’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. The partnership between Theta Delta Chi and Autism Speaks U has just begun, but we believe our Charges will hit the ground running and will soon be a force to be reckoned with.
For more information about Autism Speaks' college program, Autism Speaks U, visit www.AutismSpeaks.org/U.