We believe that professional skills and knowledge of the business world are only part of what makes up an Alpha Kappa Psi Brother. We understand that there are many ways to improve the world around us and our goal is to better ourselves and others through any and all avenues open to us. Our community service program seek to cause tangible community change and foster a lifelong commitment to service. Making service a lifelong commitment means that it should be enjoyable and rewarding, so our events are designed with both impact and fun in mind.
First, our Brothers make weekly commitments, which allow them to focus on specific causes, with recurring, weekly service opportunities. This is an excellent chance to offer key assistance, make a long-term impact, and see real, sustainable development of a cause. This includes regular, clothes drives for the homeless, and volunteering at Senior Homes and Soup Kitchens, and contributing to Philadelphia parks and land development projects.
While we believe that pure service is key, we also try to cause social change by imparting business knowledge. In the past, we have volunteered at the Youth Entrepreneurship Conference to help students develop their business plans. We have also held resume workshops at the Nationalities Center and are currently organizing a case competition for local Philadelphia high school students.
Finally, our Brothers participate in large service events that facilitate socialization in the context of social change. This spring, 31 Brothers participated in Relay For Life, an event that raises money and awareness to support the American Cancer Society in its mission to eliminate cancer as a major health issue. The group raised nearly $2,000 to donate to the American Cancer Society. Alpha Kappa Psi also participated in a Bone Marrow Registry Drive and Charity Benefit to donate money to Phase One, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Phase I clinical research and treatment programs for patients with cancer.
Epsilon Rho is partnered with campus organizations like Civic House, local organizations like the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society and Greater Philadelphia Cares, as well as international non-profits. We are supported by faculty members and civic leaders in our effort to effect social change, develop a civic attitude in our membership, and provide vital resources to those in our community who may need them. We invite you to reach out with any questions, partnership opportunities, or if you just need help.
Community Service Chair, Spring 2017