Greeks to give back to community

Campus Times
November 7, 1997


by Louise Glanzrock
Staff Writer

The annual Charity Greek Week has been scheduled for Nov. 10-15.

"Charity Greek Week is an event sponsored by Greeks to just give back to the community and come together and do one charity as a whole Greek community," said senior Alma Barrera, the Inter-Fraternity Sorority Council (IFSC) president.

"We're trying to promote community service as well as Greek unity on the ULV campus," said senior Sharlyn Preece, vice-president of IFSC.

Charity Greek Week will consist of an all-campus canned food drive, a car wash and a softball game with the David and Margaret Group Home in La Verne.

The money accumulated through the week will go to the McKinley Children's Center in San Dimas. The canned food from the drive will go to the Pomona­Inland Valley Council of Churches.

"All five organizations are really open to having a non-competitive Greek Week and using it more as a team building activity and reinforcing that the organizations actually do philanthropy and not just talk about it," said Preece.

It is similar to previous Greek weeks, "because we try to reach out to the community and school. We have always had that focus," said Barrera.

There are usually two Greek weeks. One week is competitive and the other is a charity.

"There was too much competition with the regular Greek Week and with Charity Greek Week, we hope to put our effort into making it a more positive experience of giving back," said Barrera.

Sophomore Maria Sandoval, Greek Week co­chair said this is her first Greek Week.

"I'm really excited about it because it's my first time organizing something for such a large group," said Sandoval.

When she and co­chair, sophomore Damien Alarcon, sat down to discuss Greek Week, Sandoval said their first purpose was to "promote unity within Greek organizations and set an example to the ULV community and encourage them to get involved."