Vanderbilt Greeks Give Back

Nov 8, 2011

BETA PI (Vanderbilt) — Throughout the semester, the Vanderbilt Greek community has contributed an enormous amount of hours and money to organizations around the Nashville community.

Greek Week of Service:

From Oct. 10 through Oct. 14, over 820 members of the Vanderbilt Greek community contributed 1,800 hours of service to various efforts in the greater Nashville area. These endeavors included Greeks:

  • Hosting a field day for children in the Youth Encouragement Services afterschool program.
  • Holding a campaign highlighting issues in Nashville’s homeless community, culminating in Alpha Tau Omega’s “ATO Goes Homeless” event in which they spent the night on Alumni Lawn to raise money and collect old clothing donations.
  • Initiating a letter-writing campaign to troops.
  • Sorting food at Nashville’s Second Harvest Food Bank.
  • Cleaning up Beaman Park and Edwin Warner Park.
  • Volunteering with kids at the Cooper Trooper Pumpkin Patch.
  • Spending time at the Fannie Battle Day Home for Children.

Other organizations Greeks helped out include the New Vision Academy, Feed the Children, Green Street Elite, Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science, the Afterschool Program, the Martha O’Bryan Center, the Nashville Zoo and the Nashville Young Women’s Christian Association. This was the first time the Vanderbilt Greek community held the Week of Service, and they are planning on holding it annually.

“The first annual Greek Week of service was a resounding success and I am incredibly proud of the commitment our community made to giving back,” said event organizer and Kappa Sigma fraternity brother Drew Karr. “We hope that this effort will be the foundation for a unified Greek Week of Service for years to come”

Executives from many of the organizations gave positive feedback from the events that were part of the week. David Estes, director of the St. Luke’s center of Youth Encouragement Services, identified the field day as a great experience. “We had a great time. Whenever we have a chance for our children to be around positive adults we have to jump at it,” Estes said. “The service that the Vanderbilt students provided was both inspirational to our children and encouraging to our organization. Nashville is a better place because of Vanderbilt University.”


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