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Hand to Hand

Alpha Phi collegiate chapters foster personal growth and promote lifelong friendships among members. For many, they are also viewed as a "home away from home." Like any home, Alpha Phi strives to provide an environment that is welcoming, comfortable, safe and secure.

Sometimes that security is threatened, and the hours and days that follow such a disaster are heartbreaking and stressful. The Hand to Hand Fund provides resources to help collegiate chapters heal and move forward after facing a natural or man-made catastrophe. Donations to the Hand to Hand Fund are used for a variety of needs, from counseling programs and teambuilding activities to the replacement of educational materials such as computers and desks and safety upgrades to chapter facilities.

An advisor or alumna from the chapter is eligible to apply on behalf of the chapter. Applications are available online here. All applications are reviewed by staff per a set of criteria approved by the Board of Directors. Staff will follow up with references to ensure the validity of the application and may require additional documentation for approval. All requests for Hand to Hand grants are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Funding can be authorized and released within 48 hours.

Questions? Please contact:
Meagan Spellman, Program Manager
mspellman@alphaphi.org

The Hand to Hand Fund was established in June 2014 in response to the Memorial Day Weekend shooting of three Tri Delta members that took place on the front lawn of our Gamma Beta chapter at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Two of the three women died from their injuries. Members of Gamma Beta witnessed the shooting, and in the days that followed, the entire chapter dealt with survivor guilt, media coverage, a growing public memorial on their property, and the desire to comfort their Panhellenic sisters during their time of loss. The first Hand to Hand Grant was presented to Gamma Beta (UC/Santa Barbara) during Alpha Phi's 70th Biennial Convention to be used for counseling, teambuilding activities, a memorial on the chapter grounds, and safety upgrades to the facility.