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Greek Life's commitment to community and charity
Greek Life's commitment to community and charity
Greek Life serves the community in many ways, as the work they do for the community promotes positive student involvement throughout the region. At 27 organizations, the Greek community here at BU works hard to give back to the Town of Bloomsburg by volunteering at some of the largest campus organized community service projects including events such as The Big Event, Bocce Bash, the annual Breast Cancer Walk and RedCross blood drives to name a few.
Many social fraternities and sororities also design and create their own service projects that benefit many non-profit organizations.
As it stands, 82 percent of Greek organizations participated in blood drives in the 2012-13 academic year, both donating blood and working the floor. The Big Event provided many chapters with the opportunity to work closely with community members raking leaves, cleaning streets and promoting good will to Bloomsburg residents. Greek organizations compete for recognition and receive a flag in the Kehr Union once they have met or exceed their service hour goal.
Last academic year Greek chapters rolled up their sleeves and gave more than 12,600 hours of service. Congratulations members on a Job Well Done!
Tri Sigma helps children's hospital
Patients at Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital will face an easier transition into certain treatment thanks to Bloomsburg University’s Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, who recently helped the local hospital land a $2,210 grant for needed teaching aides.
The children’s hospital will use the grant to purchase MediKin dolls, overlays and toy models of equipment — items that help prepare patients and their families for medical treatment, such as dialysis and oncology.
Funding will be provided through a local Robbie Page Memorial (RPM) Grant via the Sigma Sigma Foundation.
As a national organization, Sigma Sigma Sigma’s motto is “Sigma Serves Children.” In 1951, the sorority established the RPM Fund for Polio research projects. When a cure for Polio was discovered, the purpose of the RPM shifted focus to play therapy. The foundation helps hundreds of children annually through the RPM Fund.
Not your typical panty raid
Alpha Tau Omega fraternity recently partnered with Theta Tau Omega sorority to help Free The Girls, a nonprofit organization that provides job opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking. Nearly 1,000 bras were collected.
Free The Girls collect gently used bras and donated them to the women as starting inventory for their own business selling the bras. Launched in 2010, to date they've collected more than 200,000 gently used bras from all over the world. In Spring 2011, they launched a pilot program in Mozambique, Africa.
The results of the pilot program were very promising — the women made three to five times minimum wage selling bras.
Be a voice, not an echo!
Delta Phi Epsilon, in a collaborative effort with the Women’s Resource Center, helped spread awareness about anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, cachexia, compulsive exercising and other related eating disorders through several events across campus in recognition of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 23 to March 1. #SenseOfCommunity
- Trash Your Insecurities — Throw your negative self talk in the garbage! Donate your extra change and write down what you want to do to “Change your life.” Pick up a purple ribbon to support awareness of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.
- Be-you-tiful You Day — Find sticky notes on bathroom mirrors and tell us one thing that’s beautiful about you!
- Why you’re better than Barbie Day — Write down all the reason why you are better than stereotypical views and encourage positive body image.
- Let’s bitch about it — Gather around in the Multicultural Center to watch clips from the media portraying negative body image and let’s bash them!
- That’s a wrap — Let’s wrap up things by displaying the achievements over the past week to encourage the future of positive body image.
Kappa Sigma dodges to donate for food cupboards
Kappa Sigma Fraternity recently held a dodgeball tournament that raised more than $500 to help feed the hungry. The fraternity used entrance fees canned goods as entrance fees. The donations will support Philabundance and The Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. In addition, sales of T-shirts for the event will be used to provide support for victims of violence.
Philabundance is a non-profit food bank that serves the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley region of Pennsylvania, United States. It is the largest such organization in the region.
The Bloomsburg Food Cupboard became a volunteer effort in late summer of 1996 from the basement of St. Columba’s church. The weekly giveaway was quickly expanded to twice weekly by December of that year. In the summer of 1997, the Food Cupboard expanded from one church to two and by fall, to the churches of the Bloomsburg Ministerium. In the spring of 2000, St. Columba purchased the Winona Fire Hall and designated the first floor for use by the Food Cupboard. Renovations, done mostly by volunteers, began immediately. Many community organizations, businesses and individuals contribute to the Food Cupboard making it possible for us to reach hundreds of families. #SenseOfCommunity
Alpha Chi Rho teams with military to educate
Alpha Chi Rho and the National Guard presented a Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program recently to more than 120 members and leaders of Greek Life. The program, helped led by alumna SSG Karisa L. Marchlinsk, was designed to raise awareness of the far-reaching consequences of such substances can have on a college student’s future. It covered:
- Why it's so hard to avoid
- Effect of drugs and alcohol
- Alternatives for a healthy lifestyle
In addition, the program provided tips for students who want to enjoy their college experience without getting off track due to excessive partying. The program also covered signs of abuse so students could be proactive and helpful if faced with such situations of overuse and abuse.
Being a big player at TreeFest
Bloomsburg University fraternity and sorority members have been helping out at the Treefest. Members from Alpha Tau Omega started their day at the farm cutting down some 140 trees for the event. At the consistory members from Delta Phi Epsilon, Alpha Sigma Tau and Delta Kappa Epsilon have worked hard to get the space ready for the hundreds of decorators and visitors to the event.
At the end of the event our chapters return to wrap up the trees and provide them to local families in the area. About 140 families benefit from the trees from this event and the price of admission helps the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble.
TreeFest begins with the area Christmas tree growers who donate over a hundred live trees to be trimmed. Then, hundreds of people — from community volunteers and youth groups, to florists and garden clubs set up and decorate the rooms and trees, which are each sponsored by an area business or individual. At the conclusion of activities, the trees are donated to area families in need, as identified by local social service agencies.
Getting a treat up on Trick-or-Treating
More than 50 members of Greek Life volunteered their time Friday, Oct. 25, to help the Town of Bloomsburg with its annual downtown Trick-or-Treat event, greeting trick-or-treaters, handing out candy and manning a majority of the 30-plus participating businesses’ candy and treat locations.
More than 700 parents and little trick-or-treaters ventured downtown visiting business locations, followed by a Halloween event at the Moose Exchange that featured more candy, craft activities and Halloween-themed games. #SenseOfCommunity
Alpha Sigma Tau
Alpha Sigma Tau Supports Newtown Angels
Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in late 2012, campus sorority Alpha Sigma Tau donated more than $100 to the school. All 47 sisters in spring 2013 wore “Newtown Angels” bracelets to spread awareness of the event around BU.
Alpha Sigma Alpha
The sisters of Alpha Sigma Alpha raised more than $1,500 in fall 2012 to fund their national philanthropy, the S. June Smith Center, Lancaster, through an on campus dunk tank event. Sisters worked on getting donations over the summer from family, friends and local businesses to make the event a reality. More than 30 sisters sat in the dunk tank, sold wristbands, koozies and bake sale items to benefit the S. June Smith Center, which supports children with developmental needs.
Chi Theta Pi
Hurricane Sandy Relief
Chi Theta Pi recently coordinated a successful Hurricane Sandy relief project that collected a truckload of water, cleaning supplies, clothing, towels, blankets and plenty of non-perishable items. The sisters were especially touched by some of the stories from the townspeople who came up to support the event. Many shared stories of last year’s Bloomsburg flood and empathized with the struggles they see in New Jersey and New York.
Delta Epsilon Beta
Relay for Life
Twenty-seven members of the Delta Epsilon Beta sorority participated in the Relay For Life walk, an annual community fundraiser supporting the American Cancer Society, in the spring for 12 consecutive hours, raising $300 from sponsors.
Delta Phi Epsilon
Delta Phi Epsilon raised more than $150 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with its recent Pie-A-Deepher event on campus. With a donation, participants smashed a pie in the face of a sorority sister. The pie event was the latest community service event coordinated by Delta Phi Epsilon to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which included a kickball game last spring and Applebee’s fundraiser last fall.
Kappa Alpha Psi
The Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. donated more than 200 cans to the Bloomsburg food cupboard as a result of their annual Unity Jam fundraiser in fall 2012.
Unity Jam is an annual dance fundraiser the Lambda Alpha chapter of KAΨ began in their charter year, 1981, where a can or non-perishable food item is given as an entry fee. In the years following, the event has grown with the help and support of returning Lambda Alpha chapter alumni.