of Whitman’s Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority have sponsored the Mr. Whitman Contest
for the past seven years to fund their philanthropy project. This year they
hoped to raise $15,000 to pay the educational expenses of 156 AIDS orphans who
so incredibly thankful and proud of each of the eight boys,” said Maryn
Juergens, Kappa philanthropy chair. “They made my job so easy; they
really went above and beyond. I’m also proud of the community that came
together and rallied around this event, not just the Whitman community, but the
communities surrounding each of these boys. It is amazing how generous people
is an important element of Greek life at Whitman that is sometimes overlooked
by those outside the Greek system, but for Juergens, it’s the “coolest part.” The
Kappas’ other projects include reading to children at the Walla Walla Public
Library on the first Saturday of every month and sponsoring a “Dr. Seuss Day”
Philanthropy and community service involvement of other fraternities and sororities at Whitman include:
sorority’s philanthropy project is Service for Sight; members raise money by raking
leaves for donations in the fall, and volunteer to help the vision impaired in
Kappa Alpha Theta sorority’s philanthropy project is Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA); members also volunteer at the Odd Fellows Home and Habitat for Humanity.
Phi Delta Theta fraternity members volunteer in a monthly work party for Habitat for Humanity; make regular visits to the residents at the Odd Fellows Home and sponsor a bi-annual highway clean-up project.
Sigma Chi fraternity members support the house’s philanthropy project Children’s Miracle Network;
Tau Kappa Epsilon
fraternity sponsors the annual all-campus blood drive for the Red Cross and
hosts an annual Thanksgiving dinner that serves more than 200 of
Beta Theta Pi fraternity focuses its philanthropy efforts on the local community, and members volunteer at the Odd Fellows Home, the YMCA and at local schools.
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