Fraternity men don’t normally deal with diapers. But for the sake of giving, one group at William Woods University didn’t mind.
Recognizing a need in the community, the men of Phi Gamma Delta at WWU conducted a project they called “Dudes for Diapers.” They then donated the diaper money to Lutheran Family and Children Services in Columbia, which will distribute the diapers to needy families.
To raise money for their purchase, Phi Gamma Delta created a campus-wide competition between all of the Greek houses and residential halls. The offer of brownies for the winning group enticed the students to give. A clever name didn’t hurt either.
After collecting $100 from the “Dudes for Diapers” competition, they made the decision to match the funds and donate $100 of their own money.
Phi Gamma Delta member Hunter Nesbitt was excited about the project.
“We originally got involved because of a suggestion from our advisor,” he said, “but we really wanted to do more outside of the campus. We wanted to branch out and do something different from our normal philanthropy events. It is a great way to boost our house morale and show that we care about the community.”
According to Harriet Yelon, associate professor of social work and an advisor for Phi Gamma Delta, diapers are an everyday necessity.
“Low income families should not have to choose between diapers for their children and food. Lutheran Family and Children Services helps by providing them with the diapers.”
Excited about the success of the program, the men are eager to continue “Dudes for Diapers” and plan on doing it again next year.
CUTLINE: Representatives of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at William Woods University surround themselves with diapers for their “Dudes for Diapers” philanthropy project.