In 2010, the Eta Epsilon Chapter at JCU adopted the Milestones Autism Organization as its philanthropy. Beta Theta Pi Fraternity is relatively unique in that it does not have a national or international association with a single non-profit entity that all of the Fraternity's chapters must adopt as their own. Each chapter is free to research and select its own philanthropy. In the decision and vetting process for determining which organization would be the beneficiary of John Carroll's philanthropic efforts, the men looked primarily for three things:
- An organization that was in the region of Northeastern Ohio
- An organization that, in some way, assisted children
- An organization that would allow members of the Fraternity the opportunity to engage in a service partnership
We are proud to team up with the Milestones Autism Organization as a way to keep our efforts within reach, just a few minutes down the road from campus in Beachwood, Ohio. We are also excited about the opportunity to volunteer on a regular basis at events hosted by Milestones or its affiliates and with individuals affected by autism.
Founded in 2003, Milestones Autism Organization is the premier autism resource in the Northeast Ohio region for information about a person's social, emotional, educational, recreational, therapeutic, vocational, and housing needs from birth through adulthood. Milestones annually serves 1,000 parents and professionals and receives over one million hits to the Milestones website.
Hands-on workshops help parents and professionals learn techniques to assist them everyday in their homes and in their classrooms. Professional Development Credit is available for all Milestones workshops in education; speech, occupational, behavioral, and recreational therapy; developmental disability, social work, psychology, and counseling.
Each year, our chapter of Beta Theta Pi hosts Carroll's Got Talent, a university-wide talent competition featuring students, faculty, and staff, with all proceeds going to benefit this philanthropy. For more information about the show, click here.