As members of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, we commit ourselves to excellence in the pillars of leadership and service to others. The philanthropic and community service events we participate in throughout the year are not only limited to the Embry-Riddle campus, they extend to the local and national communities as well.
The Lambda Mu Chapter’s Service
Pi Kappa Alpha sets high goals when it comes to serving the community. As such, the Lambda Mu Chapter has participated in several events to help better the community in which we live.
In the fall of 2014, Pi Kappa Alpha participated in the third annual Operation Move-In put on by the university in support of incoming freshman. Over the course of three days numerous brothers assisted with orientation and move-in, including moving furniture into the student’s dorms, giving directions around campus and the Daytona Beach area, and welcoming the students and their families to the university.
The Lambda Mu chapter also participates in the Cycle for Life philanthropy. The money the PIKEs raise will go to the Taylor Cycle for Life Foundation, a 501©3 organization that raises money for Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Melanoma cancer research. We do this to honor our brother, Taylor, who died after a long battle with Leukemia. This organization is run by volunteers with no operating costs charged to the foundation. 100% of what we raise goes directly to researchers to find a cure for these diseases.
We also team up with the Junior League in an event called “Best Foot Forward,” to help 120 elementary school children in a back-to-school clothing and shoes shopping spree. This event helps the children get new clothes for the school year based on their financial needs.
Pi Kappa Alpha also does community service with other organizations from the Embry-Riddle school community. Pi Kappa Alpha raised $1,200 for the Alpha Xi Delta “Xi Man” competition, which donates all proceeds to the Autism Speaks Foundation. Pi Kappa Alpha also hosted their second annual Chili Cook Off on the West Lawn, which raised money for the non-profit organizations around Daytona Beach. Many other organizations came out to help make this event successful and we hope to make this event an annual success.
Going to school in a town most famous for its speedway opens up even more opportunities for Pi Kappa Alpha to assist the community with a strong partnership with United Way. We participated in their annual Daytona 5K Race & Fun Walk prior to the Rolex 24 race to help raise money for their organization. Additionally, beginning as early as 4:00AM during the Daytona 500, members of PIKE worked with other United Way volunteers to park thousands of cars in the Target parking lot across from the speedway and collected money for United Way. This spring, Pi Kappa Alpha logged approximately 150 community service hours with the United Way and Target parking, helping them to raise over $40,000.