Greek life sometimes has a lot of misconceptions. Between media sensationalizing, images of binge drinking and partying, and allegations of hazing, there are many people who forget what Greek life is really about. Bettering yourself and your community in the fraternity of others. This week is my frat’s charity and philanthropy week, and I’d like to share a little of what we do.
Every event during this week has all the proceeds going to local South Bethlehem charities. As a post-industrial city, I can tell you firsthand that many of these people need all the help they can get. We feel it is our duty to help these people whom need it the most.
So, we created our Southside Service Week. It started off on Sunday, where we had a Super Smash Brothers Tournament up at the house. There was an entry fee and a prize, and after hauling up a countless number of CRT TV’s, I have to say it was a huge success. The entire Super Smash Brothers Club (I actually didn’t even know we had one before) came out, along with many others. It was a great start to the week.
Next up, we had volunteering at the local Boys and Girls Club of South Bethlehem. I’ve talked about this topic before, but even now it was a really great experience. With the hype of the Southside Service Week, we had more people volunteering than ever before. Seeing all those kids’ smiles while playing dodgeball and basketball was something I don’t think I’ll ever forget.
Then, yesterday, we helped keep a local sandwich shop, the Goose, open late. For those who don’t know, the Goose is a nice sandwich place run by a guy named Tony, who makes pretty much just insane sandwiches. Literally anything you could ever imagine on the sandwiches. Now, normally they close in the early afternoon, but for charity events, and if he has extra help, Tony will keep the store open late. So, we helped him out, and as a result a portion of all his profits went to charity.
Today, we’re helping out yet another local food service in the name of charity. There is this cart that parks itself around campus called the House of Pi pizza truck, and they make delicious wood-fired pizza right in the cart. We are helping them out for the day, and $5 from every $7 pizza goes to Backpack Pals, a charity that helps local children eat healthily on the weekends. This is actually where I am writing this post from.
And then, to top off the week, tomorrow night we have our Southside benefit concert. Located right on campus, we’re having local bands play with benefits going to yet another charity. Even alcohol will be served, which is sure to attract many Lehigh students. It’s gonna be lit, and a perfect way to end the week.
I just think to remember that Greek life, college, and life in general is more than just serving yourself. It’s giving back to your brothers, your classmates, your community. It’s why I’m proud to be in a house, and proud to be helping others.