CSU, Chico’s Greek Community Raises Over $17,000 to Benefit Chico Cares Campaign

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Date: 10-18-2017

Sean Murphy, Public Affairs
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Abbie Page, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs
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As part of Greek Week from Oct. 9-13, fraternities and sororities at California State University, Chico teamed up to help their fellow students by raising $17,872, all of which will go toward the University’s Chico Cares Campaign to address food and housing insecurity.

Abbie Page, program coordinator in Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, said the amount of money the Greek community raised was “an incredible contribution” to the University’s students and community.

“I could not be more proud to work with students who truly care so deeply about giving back to their community,” Page said.

Chico Cares is part of the Chico State Basic Needs Project, announced by CSU, Chico President Gayle E. Hutchinson during her fall Convocation address on Aug. 17. It is University’s answer to the CSU system’s Basic Needs Initiative, supporting more than 100,000 students systemwide who experience food and housing insecurity. A 2016 report shows that one in four CSU students are going hungry and one in 12 students live in unstable housing situations. Further research suggests that 46 percent of Chico State students struggle to afford food.

The team of Sigma Kappa and Phi Kappa Tau brought in $7,443 for the week, the highest total of the six teams involved. Alpha Delta Pi, Sigma Pi and Sigma Alpha collected $3,050, and Gamma Phi Beta and Kappa Sigma raised $2,645 over the week.

Other teams include Alpha Gamma Delta, Phi Delta Theta, Alpha Gamma Rho, which collected $2,046; Alpha Omicron Pi, Sigma Nu, Lambda Chi Alpha, which raised $1,610; and Alpha Sigma Phi and Alpha Phi, which brought in $1,078.

Additionally, the Greek community collected over 3,000 canned or boxed food items during the week for the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry, which provides free healthy food for CSU, Chico students experiencing food insecurity.

The money students raised last week for the Chico Cares campaign pushed CSU, Chico past the halfway point of its goal of surpassing $50,000 by Chico State Giving Day on Nov. 28.

“These Greek organizations showed what the phrase ‘’Cats Give back’ really means,” said Allen Lunde, assistant director of the Annual Fund. “Because of them, we will have a significant positive impact on food and housing insecurity on campus.”

In addition to addressing student food insecurity, the Chico State Basic Needs Project provides short-term emergency housing and emergency grants for students experiencing unexpected financial crisis and poverty.

“Our Greek community continues to show support for their fellow students by participating in the Chico Cares Campaign. They join the Student Philanthropy Council and a growing list of student clubs and supporters who have actively contributed to our efforts in support of student basic needs, so our students can focus on their studies, do well and graduate,” said Kathleen Moroney, founder of the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry.

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About California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the 23-member CSU system, the nation’s largest public university system. Founded in 1887, Chico State enrolls approximately 17,500 students and offers more than 230 undergraduate and graduate programs through its seven colleges and five schools. The campus is consistently ranked as one of the best regional public universities in the Western United States, and is the only CSU campus to have earned a favorable rating in all five categories of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scoreboard, which rates universities on affordability and value. Its mission includes a broad commitment to environmental sustainability, public service and community engagement throughout the 12-county North State region where the campus is located. The University became a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2015.