The Great Joy of Serving Others


Our motto, "The Great Joy of Serving Others," is exemplified by Phi Kappa Psi's commitment to community service. Phi Kappa Psi was founded upon this ideal, and it is our belief that service to one's community helps develop us as men of integrity and is the greatest compliment to our education. There is no more powerful way to affect the world than a member's care for his community and fellow man. Therefore, service and Phi Kappa Psi go hand in hand.

Service in Phi Kappa Psi takes on many meanings: our chapters are involved in their local communities through many fine organizations, and our members take on important roles on campus to better the experience of students who will come later. Every April, Phi Kappa Psi members across the country unite in a day of service to reinforce our bonds with our communities and one another.

"The Great Joy of Serving Others" is more than a motto. It is a tradition in Phi Kappa Psi dating to our Founders, William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore, caring for classmates at Jefferson College during an epidemic even before the Fraternity existed. Through service to our communities, Phi Psis connect our past to our future.

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Since July 8, 2004 Phi Kappa Psi has been proud to be partnered with our national philanthropic partner, Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), which has served as a leading organization in terms of enabling young people to do good things with their lives for over 100 years. It provides young people, ages 6-18, with guidance-oriented character programs. There are millions of Americans from countless walks of life, each with their own success story. Ask them where it all started and the answer for many will be the same: their local Boys & Girls Club. Such testimony speaks to the profound impact Clubs have on kids, as a positive place where hope and opportunity meet. Each of us has the power to shape a young life and help a child to "be great."

The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity encourages its members to interact with Boys & Girls Clubs in their local area. Boys & Girls Clubs are recognized leaders in the field of youth development and after-school programming. Involvement with the Club in your community will provide many opportunities to express the Phis Psi motto "The Great Joy of Serving Others," strengthening public relations while giving back to the community. 

Further guidance is available on both the BGCA website and in the Resource Library on the Phi Psi Experience: 

  • Click here to access the dedicated portion of the BGCA website describing this partnership. 
  • Click here to access helpful materials available on the Phi Psi Experience about how to contact and team up with the Boys & Girls Club(s) in your area.

To help strengthen this partnership, please send your ideas, success stories, and news clippings to the Phi Kappa Psi Headquarters so that they may be shared with our larger brotherhood. Also, check out our 'Adopt a Club' movement on a national level!


Members of our chapter at San Diego State complete an event with their local BGCA club