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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!
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. #BUGreekLife
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. #BUGreekLife
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. #BUGreekLife
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. #BUGreekLife
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. #BUGreekLife
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. #BUGreekLife
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. #BUGreekLife