Greek community joins forces to benefit local areas

Lindsay Calvert

An expected 250 to 300 members from the Greek community will join forces Saturday for an all-greek community service event to benefit the local area.

Members of the greek community will volunteer an hour or more of their time at Ames public schools, Ames Parks and Recreation, ISU Janitorial Services or one of the three area nursing homes.

It is going to “give opportunities to chapters who may not know where to go for community service events,” said Chris Roderick, Interfraternity Council vice president of community service and philanthropy.

“The greek community benefits a lot from the city of Ames and Iowa State and you want to give back to the community in a constructive way,” said William Vincent, junior in agricultural business and agronomy and member of Farmhouse fraternity.

Feedback from the chapter presidents last year influenced the IFC to pursue a community service weekend for the entire greek community. IFC decided to include all four councils in the event.

“[This year IFC wants to] get our feet wet with an all-greek community service weekend,” Roderick said. “I would like to see it involve half or more of the entire greek community in the coming years.”

Vincent said he is ready for the greek community to put its hands to work and make a difference in the Ames community.