ΓΨ Alumni Newsletter
We're hoping to have another alumni gathering next semester in the Spring since this one was so great, and we don't want to wait a whole year to see you all again! A special centennial weekend celebration is in the works, which I'll be announcing more details of very soon!
In keeping with the pumpkin-theme for the semester, we also had an initiation event for the bigs and littles to bond over that involved painting their own pumpkins! It was pretty spooky, but everyone handled it well. Alpha Lambda Chelsea Easter and Mattie Clear, along with Alpha Mu Yasmine Palmer took their painted pumpkins for a lovely photoshoot around colonial Williamsburg after the event, which remains one of my favorite photo series to exist.
Why, Where, and What to Give
Part of this involved said presentation, where Ellen and Adam brought to the brotherhood information on a variety of local charities and organizations that we could potentially become involved with. Some of the organizations we discussed included Habitat for Humanity, the Hospice House, the CHKD, Arc of Greater Williamsburg, and the Williamsburg Farmer's Market, and Avalon.
After the presentation the brotherhood discussed what appealed to them most about each organization. We found that we mostly agreed on an interest in working with relatively smaller organizations that don't have a lot of support already, allowing us to have an intimate relationship with them and make an important impact. The organizations that we felt we could connect with the most was the Hospice House and the local Williamsburg Farmer's Market!
Because it's already so late in the semester (and close to winter), we decided to begin focusing on helping the Farmer's Market grow next semester as it starts to get warmer. For now we've reached out to the Hospice House, who have very enthusiastically responded to our offer of help! In the near future we plan to go out to help with some sort of gardening or outdoor experience with a team of volunteers from PSP as well as to set up some sort of regular assistance for them for continued visits.
We plan on still reaching out to other organizations we talked about for events as well, but hope to focus in on these two.
If any alumni brothers have any suggestions for similar organizations to become involved in or that you feel we could make an impact with, you should definitely contact me and I can pass on the information to our Service/Philanthropy chair and talk about making that a reality!