Fraternities, sororities involved in philanthropic effortsBy Warren Swenson, Baker student
Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University’s fraternities and sororities focused on philanthropy benefiting the Baldwin City community.
During Greek Week in the spring, the annual Penny Wars competition raised money for CLO’s Midnight Farm outside of Baldwin City to support those with special needs.
The Interfraternity Council and Pan-Hellenic Council also helped sponsor the Baldwin Intermediate Center’s track meet, assisting children as event judges.
Order of Omega, Baker’s Greek leadership honor society, also heightened its community service efforts.
“They set a goal for themselves to be more visible on campus,” said Jennifer Letner, fraternity and sorority life coordinator at Baker. “This is a scholarship organization and a leadership organization, so they put those two parts together.”
Order of Omega leaders wanted to make volunteer and community service opportunities more viable by choosing local projects to make a difference in the community.
“We’re here to support our community and our campus,” said Letner.
This year, the organization helped staff the Rainbow Preschool 5K in Baldwin City and organized an ice cream social to welcome prospective students onto campus in the spring.
Although Order of Omega has increased its efforts, individual Greek houses are also achieving in local philanthropy by working with children, local organizations and the campus community.
Here’s a look at other philanthropic endeavors from Baker’s greek communities:
• Three Kappa Sigma men coached a fifth and sixth grade boys’ basketball team in Baldwin City, and the men of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity participated in the Adopt-a-School program, eating lunch with Baldwin elementary school students.
• The annual Zeta Chi Polyeuphony concert returned last March raising more than $1,200 for Baldwin City’s Lumberyard Arts Center.
• The Alpha Chi Omega sorority continued to work with the Willow Domestic Violence Center in Lawrence.
• Zeta Tau Alpha held its Kick It To Cancer fundraiser which supports breast cancer awareness. Its members also cleaned a two-mile stretch of Highway 59 each semester.
• Delta Delta Delta sorority again took a major role in benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with the Up ‘til Dawn all-campus letter writing campaign.
Letner said the chapters support each other.
“We work hard on Greek unity so we all try to get involved in each other’s philanthropies,” said Letner.
The campus also came together to support Zeta Phi Beta sorority’s week of activities related to women’s health issues and Sigma Phi Epsilon’s annual Spiking Out volleyball tournament to combat youth AIDS.
“As long as there’s unity and a need on the campus, that’s were we’re going to help out,” said Letner.
Letner also said volunteering and philanthropy are such an essential part of the fraternity/sorority life on campus because service is a stated value of greek chapters.
“It closely aligns with these chapters’ values to work toward a common goal with others,” said Letner.
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