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A far cry from the stereotypical “Animal
House” portrayed in movies and television,
fraternities and sororities on most campuses
take pride in their charitable work. WWU
Greeks are no exception.
Each Greek chapter at WWU annually
dedicates a week to a specific philanthropy.
They also assist the other Greek organizations
with their philanthropies and contribute time
and money to many other causes locally
and nationally.
Delta Gamma’s Anchor Splash raises
awareness and funds for Service for Sight, and
each spring, the DGs move their seesaw to the
courthouse for Seesaw for Sight. Members
take turns seesawing for 24 hours.
This year DG has given more than 200
hours at the Lions Eye Research Center in
Columbia, Mo.; the Delta Gamma Center
for Children in St. Louis; and the St. Louis
Society for the Blind.
“Preserving vision and aiding those with
visual impairments is the most rewarding part
of our membership,”
Jessie Brunelle
, vice
president/foundation for Delta Gamma, said.
Chi Omega hosts Omegaman to benefit
the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which grants
wishes to ill children.
“Chi Omega finds that community service
and philanthropic work help to enrich not only
the lives of others in our community, but also
our own lives,” said
Amy Burnett
, Chi
Omega president.
Alpha Phi’s philanthropy week is Ivy
League. They also sponsor a Pancake Phist
and Red Dress Gala. The Phis also sold
women’s heart health wristbands leading up
to National Wear Red Day, and everyone was
encouraged to wear red around campus.
“Working within the community shows our
chapter just how fortunate we are and inspires
us to use our resources to give others a chance
to enjoy the same opportunities we have been
Jenny Morris
, Alpha Phi
president, said.
Alpha Chi Omega hosts Lyrefest, which
benefits their Foundation and the fight against
domestic violence. Special support is given
throughout the year to the women’s shelter in
Fulton, CARDV (Coalition Against Rape and
Domestic Violence). They collect toiletries,
sell arts and crafts, and sponsor Haircuts
for CARDV.
“Philanthropies exemplify every aspect
of Greek life,” said
Darian Lightfoot
, Alpha
Chi Omega vice president of philanthropy.
“We are showing our support to other chapters
on campus, bonding as a chapter, having a
wonderful time, and helping charitable causes
that we are all passionate about.”
Pi Kappa Alpha’s Pike’s Peak benefited
the Scleroderma Foundation, in memory
Lyndsey Ellis
, a member of Alpha Chi
Omega, who died last year. Her brother,
Ryan Ellis
, is a Pike.
“There is nothing better than having fun
with the Greek community and donating to a
good cause”
Doug Harris
, Pike
president, said.
Phi Gamma Delta holds FIJI Islander.
It benefits the Michael J. Fox Foundation,
fighting Parkinson’s disease.
“We love giving back to the community
and supporting other organizations and
charities to help better the world,”
, Fiji president, said. “We believe
everything we do can help influence
others to help out and share a positive image
or example to the people we are helping.”
In addition to their national philanthropies,
each Greek chapter provides hours of
community service. They sponsor clothing
and food drives, stock SERVE’s food pantry
and serve food at the soup kitchen. Many
do highway cleanups. They visit nursing
homes, assisted living facilities, and help out
at animal shelters. They volunteer with the
Girl Scouts, the children’s hospital, Missouri
School for the Deaf, 4-H, Missouri Girls
Town, Head Start, and elementary schools.
participate in the Polar Bear Plunge,
Dr. Seuss’ Read Across America,
therapeutic riding, and letters from Santa.
Along with everything the chapters do
individually, they collectively conduct Greek
Week each spring. Benefiting several local
charities, Greek Week is a great opportunity
for the whole Greek community to come
together for a common goal.
For Love of the Cause
Greeks donate time to philanthropies
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By Anna Farha ’12