I volunteered for two hours with my sorority for the B+ Foundation. It was our B+ hero, Jackie, and her twin brother Sergio's 8th birthday, so we threw them a party! We decorated the house, made a cake out of donuts (Jackie's favorite), and gave them presents. Then we hung out with them, their parents, and their sister Sarah. It was a super fun morning.
I really enjoyed seeing how their irrigation techniques could be applied to the surrounding yard.
Make a Wish is the philanthropy that Chi Omega supports and it is very close to my heart. A close family friend has a three year old daughter who was diagnosed with cancer about a year ago. She will have the opportunity to go on a Make a Wish trip this coming year. It is cool to see how Make a Wish, and Chi Omega's contributions to Make a Wish, are impacting people so close to me.
I contributed to a thanksgiving food drive through my fraternity, ZBT. This food drive was an amazing experience. I really learned to appreciate the events by seeing the families that came to sign up for the food drive with children too. Also i got to spend quality time with members of the organization running the drive as well as my friends i went with.
My experience was awesome. I learned about the importance of proper water irrigation in the city of Austin and how I can create a water garden at my home to allow water to properly travel and improve the earth. I specifically helped with the Austin Parks Foundation and attended the PIES Greenstorm H20 Conservation.
I learned a lot about how to restore a creek and why we need to do so.
Went to a park to discuss environmental protection and preserving the natural environment.
My pledge class of Delta Sigma Pi, the Alpha Omicrons, hosted an event for Alex's Lemonade Stand. We were able to raise $920 and all profits go to the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.
Theta Chi raised over 600 dollars for the USO in two nights by running a well prepared haunted house for students. Nearly every member helped both to plan and to decorate the house, and more than half the chapter participated in running the house each night. I was fortunate enough to act in the house and had a great time with my brothers supporting a good cause and scaring a few people before Halloween.
I had the opportunity to help clear a deep backlog in manual labor for the USO, which keeps active troops in touch with their families and connected to society. The USO is preparing to move locations on limited staff, and Theta Chi's entire fraternity, including the recently initiated fall pledge class, had a blast one Saturday while doing inventory, clearing all the trash and disposable items, and cleaning out the gardens in order to assist the USO's transition effort.
Every Thursday, I would go to Wooldridge Elementary School, and meet with my assigned student, Darius, to mentor him. This involves asking about his schoolwork, home life, and any other concerns he may have. This has personally helped me better understand kids of his age (5th grade), and it is really neat to be able to form such a genuine connection despite a large age difference.
Volunteered with the UT Women's in Business student org at the Central Texas Food Bank. We helped organize tons of food for the needy in and around the Austin area.