New and Noteworthy

2018 Greek Spring Clean

Greek Spring Clean Total Hours 555

On Sunday, April 22nd, just under 200 fraternity and sorority leaders volunteered a total of 555 hours of service! Thank you to all those chapters that participated. We had a great turn out, and thank you to our community partners: Office of Community Engagement & Service, MetroParks, Hueston Woods, and the Interfaith Center. 

Greeks Doing Good: IFC and Panhellenic Donate School Supplies to the Republic of Georgia

School Supply Donation to the Republic of Georgia

The 2017 IFC and Panhellenic Vice Presidents of Community Service and Philanthropy, Misha Mathur and Shane Mart, organized a school supply drive for children of the Bandza Public School in the Republic of Georgia last fall. Shane and Misha reached out to the fraternity and sorority community at Miami and encouraged members to donate new and used art supplies and books. With the help of the whole community, three full boxes of supplies were donated!

While donations were collected, a Bandza Public School representative wrote to Shane and Misha about how grateful they were for our community's support. They wrote, "I know it’s hard for you to imagine the impact of these efforts from so far away, but I get to see it first hand. These children are so sweet and motivated to learn. They cherish everything they own...What I am saying, is that the efforts of the Greek community at Miami combined with your, Shane and Misha, help will impact exceptional children’s lives."

As Miamians, we strive to live by the Code of Love and Honor. In one of the passage of the Code of Love and Honor it says, “I embrace... the spirit, academic rigor, opportunities, and challenges of a Miami Experience, preparing me to make the world a better place.” The Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils are so proud to support programs that aim to make the world a better place. In order to create positive change in the world, we must first give back.

How this Miami Fraternity Spends its Fridays Might Surprise You

From the Journal-News

Michael D. Clark - Staff Writer

Hamilton - It’s a late Friday afternoon, and some Miami University fraternity members are looking for a party. They know just where to go.

They hit up a place that has become their usual fun spot – the Hamilton Schools’ Bridgeport Elementary multiple disabilities class, which this particular Friday in December had its students decorating a Christmas tree.

It’s “Fraternity Friday” at the Butler County school, and the dozen Miami Pi Kappa Phi members are greeted with loving hugs and big smiles of recognition and appreciation in the late afternoon as they walk into the school’s cafeteria and stage area.........

To read more visit the Journal-News website.

Greek Week Blood Drive

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Donors Sign Up for the Greek Week Blood Drive

OXFORD, Ohio – Chalk up another wildly successful “Greek Week Blood Drive” at Miami University.  Encouraged by the early opportunity to give blood, save lives, and get points in the annual Greek Week fall fraternity-sorority festival, more than 300 students supported the Sept. 12-13 blood drive at the Shriver Center.

During the Community Blood Center two-day blood drive there were 336 registrations to donate, including 119 first-time donors and a total of 207 blood donations.

The actual Greek Week festivities begin Sept. 16, which is also Homecoming Weekend. The Greek chapters at Miami earn points toward the overall Greek Week championship for every member they recruit for the blood drive. 

Lily Farha, a Zeta Tau Alpha member from Wichita, Kansas, donated at the Greek Week Blood Drive for the third consecutive year. “Anytime there is a blood drive I usually do it,” she said. “And this one gives you points!”

But donors also say their main motivation is to help others, especially at a time of need in the hurricane disaster areas of Texas and Florida.

“I was into it anyway. I signed up pretty early,” said Delta Chai member John Freim, a first-time donor and a freshman from San Diego, California. “The hurricanes have been pretty destructive right now.  It’s a way to help out.”

“We’re happy to come out and give as much as we can,” said Dan Yokajty, a sophomore Alpha Sigman Phi member from Bellbrook with three lifetime donations.

“I’ve been donating a while,” said Maria Hornsby, a junior Alpha Omicron Pi member from Cincinnati. “I’m a regular. “I’m (blood type) O negative, so because I’m a ‘universal donor’ I know it’s being helpful.”

“It’s not so difficult, it’s only once in a while, and it’s helping out somebody,” said Matthew Truong, a sophomore from Chicago, Illinois.  Matthew was one of the many non-Greek students supporting the blood drive.

Students Alli Digiacomo, Alexis Abou-Arraj and Frances Sosa are from different sororities but volunteered together at the Donor Café. “I think there are a lot of people giving blood just because they want to,” they agreed.

“I just heard about it. I always wanted to donate and never had the time,” said first-time donor Cooper Brown from St. Louis, Missouri. “Today I had the time and said, ‘Why not?’”

“We didn’t win the Greek Week championship last year but we tried really hard,” said Alpha Chi Omega volunteer Rachel Hallman.  “We played really hard in the all the events and we do really well in the blood drive every year.”

Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org

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Connect with Community Blood Center for the latest information and services at www.GivingBlood.org. Get fast and complete answers on how to make your first donation, organize a blood drive, or bring our education program to your school. Get all the updates in the CBC/CTS newsroom, find quick links to our social media pages, or schedule your next appointment to donate by connecting to www.DonorTime.com.

 

Blood donation requirements:  Donors are required to provide a photo ID that includes their full name.  Past CBC donors are also asked to bring their CBC donor ID card.  Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 years old with parental consent: form available at www.givingblood.org or at CBC branch & blood drive locations), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds (you may have to weigh more, depending on your height), and be in good physical health.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes blood donor eligibility guidelines periodically.  Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email canidonate@cbccts.org or call 1(800)388-GIVE. Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.

Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services® is an independent, not-for-profit organization.  Community Blood Center provides blood products to 25 hospitals and health centers within a 15-county service area in the Miami (Ohio) and Whitewater (Indiana) Valleys.  For more information about Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services®, visit www.givingblood.org.