CSU, Chico News

Greek Week Brings Multiple Efforts To Benefit the Community

Date: 10-14-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Tony Gorelick
Greek Week Committee

California State University, Chico students are participating this week in Greek Week activities that benefit different organizations and charities in the Chico community and region.

This series of events from Oct. 9 to Oct. 18 is organized by 11 Inter-Fraternity Council fraternities, four Panhellenic sororities and eight Multicultural Greek Council organizations to celebrate participation within the Greek system and promote community involvement.

The week began with a joint effort between the Greek community of CSU, Chico and Butte Youth Now to combat underage drinking. Twenty Greek students teamed-up with Jeremy Wilson of Butte Youth Now to canvass the south side area of downtown Chico, distributing door hangers with suggestions about how to manage and control parties. Tips ranged from giving wristbands for students over 21 to checking student identification upon entry.

On Saturday Oct. 10, 175 Chico Greek students working in small groups worked to improve the campus of the Notre Dame School on Hazel Street. The Chico State students washed windows, sanded bleachers, scrubbed lockers, cleaned closets, painted the gymnasium, swept and removed dry wall from the teen center across the street.

On Oct. 12 and 13, the Greek community hosted a two-day blood drive in the Bell Memorial Union that is annually one of the largest blood drives in Northern California, with approximately 900 people participating.

Students have been collecting canned food with a final number estimated at well over 1,000 cans. On Friday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Trinity Commons across from the BMU—weather permitting—these cans will be displayed as a castle built by Chico State Greek Week participants before being taken to the Jesus Center.

Greek students will be on campus this week participating in a change drive benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Fund. A portion of the proceeds from a charity feed Thursday, Oct.15, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m at Woodstock’s Pizza will be given to the fund. Greeks, non-Greeks and community members are encouraged to come to the feed and support this cause.

In addition to these philanthropic efforts, many other events highlight Greek Week, including dodge ball, five traditional Greek Olympic activities, bed races and a talent show.