Community Service and Philanthropic Involvement
Giving back to the community is a major component of what it means to be a Theta Chi. Every member is required to fulfill a minimum 10 hours of community service each semester. The community service chairman is charged with coordinating opportunities with organizations around town, though brothers are certainly encouraged to take advantage of service opportunities in their home town as well.
Theta Chi members participate in a wide range of service activities. Large group outings are encouraged and actively attended. We consistently participate in Habitat for Humanity and have also partnered with local sororities to assist organizations such as Bloomington Parks and Recreation.
Theta Chi also prides itself on its philanthropic initiative. This semester, our fraternity is coordinating a new philanthropic event focused on fundraising through an NCAA March Madness Bracket Challenge. The event is called Pick n’ Roll For the Cure. The inspiration for this event came last semester when one of our brothers, Jon Steinberg, lost his mother, Wendy Walker Steinberg, to a rare form of cancer called Sarcoma. When we approached him about the event and the idea to donate all proceeds in honor of his mothers passing, he was ecstatic. Jon explained:
The deterioration of my mothers health happened so fast and took my whole family by surprise. Yet even in her weakest state, she still managed to show her strength. I’ve never met a stronger person, and I am so proud to have a mother like her.
Following his approval, we came in contact with the Sarcoma Foundation of America, an organization that advocates for sarcoma patients by funding research and increasing awareness about the disease. Thus, our fraternity has elected to donate all proceeds of this philanthropy event to the Sarcoma Foundation of America. You can follow the progress of Pick n’ Roll at the official website here: http://www.iupicknroll.com/
Aside from taking great pride in our own philanthropic events, Theta Chi makes it a point of emphasis to attend the events of other fraternities and sororities around campus. We have had great participation in various philanthropy events in the past and our goals are to continue growing our event year after year as well as increase participation in other organizations’ events.