As a part of Greek Rush Week activities, on Tuesday afternoon the two Weber State University Greek organizations hosted a community service project in Ballroom C of the
Shepherd Union Building. The event lasted from 3-5 p.m., and members, prospects and pledges tied fleece blankets to donate to St. Anne’s Center, an Ogden shelter that provides assistance to the poor, needy and homeless.
Alysha Sutton is a junior studying public relations and communications and the philanthropy chair for the Delta Chi Nu sorority. She coordinated much of the project and said they liked the idea of helping the homeless.
“We did it last year, and we really enjoyed it,” Sutton said. “Last year we did a service project with the Community Involvement Center, where they informed everybody about the statistics of homeless people in the Ogden area, and we went through a little seminar, and one night we spent the entire night at the bell tower in a cardboard box, kind of just experiencing having to sleep outside for a night.”
Sutton said the turnout for the event was great, that the attendants seemed to be loving it and the organization was glad to have the opportunity to help the community.
The service event was put on as part of Rush Week, going on Sept. 24-28. It’s the biggest week of the year for the organizations, said Lexie Martinez, vice president and pledge educator for the Delta Chi Nu sorority.
“It’s a week full of free events that we throw for girls to come and get to know us and for us to get to know them. It’s to see if we can click in the right manner, so we can invite them to join our sorority,” Martinez said. “During the week we throw socials, dances and other fun things for them. Every Rush Week we do a community service project also.”
Chelsea Gannon, a freshman at WSU majoring in dental hygiene, attended the event as a prospective member of Delta Chi Nu. She said she liked how involved and friendly all of the women in the sorority had been to her so far and how service-oriented the event was.
“I like it,” Gannon said. “It exceeded my expectations, definitely. It’s a lot of fun.”
WSU is home to two Greek organizations: Pi Theta Xi, a fraternity founded in May of 2008, and Delta Chi Nu, a sorority founded in 2007.
“We were founded on community service,” Martinez said. “On top of throwing events such as dances, trips to the haunted house, mixers with organizations on campus, different things like that, we do a lot of community service projects. We actually won an award last year for the organization that had the most community service hours.”
Some of the fabric used for the blankets was donated by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. The Greek council purchased the rest. The blankets will be dropped off at St. Anne’s this week.