On April 13, 2013 and throughout the month, brothers of Phi Kappa Psi from around the country gathered in various locations to do what our founders, Brothers William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore, set out to do 161 years ago: Serve. Those two men started a Fraternity based on the motto The Great Joy of Serving Others. Today, our tradition of service and excellence continues, with brothers contributing hundreds-of-thousands of hours, and millions of dollars annually to charities around the world.
While service is something our members participate in every day, we highlight our organization's commitment to service each year with the National Day of Service. In 2013, we recognized this day on April 13th. Brothers were encouraged to find some sort of service project to participate in on (or in the week leading up to) that Saturday. Here's how we made a difference:
Pennsylvania Upsilon - (from Brother Josh Dienstman) The brothers of PA Upsilon at Drexel University took part by participating in two great events. First, we got up early and joined other Drexel students to clean up a local west Philadelphia neighborhood as part of the city-wide Philly Spring Cleanup Day. Later that day, our brothers continued their service by staying up all night for the Relay for Life, benefiting the American Cancer Society. We were proud to have upheld Phi Psi's great tradition of serving the community.
Texas Alpha - Joining forces with the ladies of Delta Delta Delta, our men at the University of Texas hosted Fun Fest, a competition-like recreation event where 134 underprivileged kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin (TX) Area for a day of fun activities and positive experiences. The event was the largest BGCAA event ever held with a University of Texas organization! It also helped to raise $5,000 for the local clubs (pictured). To read the full article about the event, visit here.
Washington Alpha, Oregon Alpha and Oregon Beta - To be held on April 21st, these three Northwest chapters will gather in Portland at the Birch Trailhead of Forest Park, and will work in cooperation with staff from Portland Parks and Recreation, The Forest Park Conservancy, and The Friends of Tryon Creek to remove invasive plant species in the park, which smother the native environment. Brothers will also replant native shrubs and trees.. Learn more on the event's Facebook page HERE.
Pennsylvania Alpha - Our first chapter, located at Washington & Jefferson, isn't the only fraternity founded at the school. So, naturally, it only made sense for our men to partner with Phi Gamma Delta to host the Jefferson Duo Kickball Tournament. With 65 participants, over $400 was raised for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Great work! This is only the beginning, with the Jefferson Duo 5K set for the fall.
Iowa Alpha - Our men at the University of Iowa took our partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of America to heart and spent the weekend of April 13th engaging with dozens of local children, including a giant dodgeball game and mastering the art of Legos!
California Lambda - Several brothers from San Diego State headed south, past the border and into Mexico to help build houses for the less fortunate.
Illinois Epsilon - The timing couldn't have been better for our chapter at Illinois State. The campus was hosting "Bring It Back to Normal," a campus-wide event where students were able to sign up for a variety of projects around the city to give back to the community that provides so much support to the school. Brothers from the chapter participated in a number of various service projects on April 13th.
Ohio Delta - Our men at Ohio State took to the phones on April 14th in the hopes of raising $5,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. This wasn't a one-day pursuit of the goal, as money was raised leading up to the weekend and continued to pour in after the Phonathon. You can track the progress or make a donation HERE.
Southern California Chapters - To be held on April 28th
If your chapter did something of note, please let us know. We will post full details and recaps here.
Also, if you still want to make a difference, how about helping us in our campaign to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County. Perhaps your group can organize a quick fundraiser, or you can give directly to the cause.
Whatever you find to do, giving back is the ultimate act of a Phi Psi. Help us celebrate our founding principle.