One of the biggest benefits to joining a fraternity or sorority is the ability to have a positive impact on your campus and your community. It’s one of the many aspects of Greek life that gets lost in the shuffle in terms of how influential a Greek chapter can be on a local level. Whether it’s raising money for homeless shelters, children’s charities or cancer research, frats and sororities have the chance to do something really special with their time and campus status.
Here’s a look at three universities where the Greek chapters are making a huge difference in the community:
- Penn State: Penn State has been in a sea of controversy and shame this past year for what transpired with Jerry Sandusky, but when Greek organizations partnered together to raise money to fight pediatric cancer at THON 2011, the university did nothing but succeed. In fact, led by Alpha Tau Omega and Zeta Tau Alpha ($329,829), THON 2012 raised almost $10.7 million dollars. That’s an increase of $1.1 million from the 2011 event. If that doesn’t have Penn State students and alums smiling in this post-Sandusky era, nothing will.
- Southern Mississippi: $41,000 – That’s how much the Chi Omega Sorority of the University of Southern Mississippi presented to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in early December as part of its annual Songfest fundraiser. The sorority’s annual Songfest is in its 61st year, and offered 19 local musical acts and a silent auction on campus in late November.
- Dartmouth: The Children’s Hospital of Dartmouth hosts an annual 5K fundraiser. Its 2012 event, which was held in October, consisted of 2,800 runners and raised over a half-million dollars for the hospital. A large number of race participants were students at Dartmouth University. Take, for instance, John Conley, of the Alpha Chi Alpha. Conley won the men’s 5K, but more importantly, his frat helped raise over $3,000 for the cause. Psi Upsilon had a strong presence too, raising over $14,000 for the children’s hospital and Dartmouth Greek frats and sororities, overall, have raised over $92,000.
Greek life is a great way to meet new friends, network and gain teamwork and leadership experience that you can use both during and after your college days. But, as evidenced by the three schools above, it also allows you the opportunity to really make a positive impact on the community and local charities.