A large group of philanthropists working together on a humanitarian project can lead to a tremendous amount of good in the world. Greek Week at William Woods University provides that opportunity for college students.
Scheduled for April 6-10, Greek Week is a chance for sororities and fraternities to celebrate each other and their accomplishments, while also raising funds and awareness for a cause they believe in.
For the last few years, this cause has been the Buddy Pack program. Throughout the week, each chapter will be raising money for the Buddy Pack program, culminating in a large backpack stuffing party Friday.
Greek Week kicked off Monday, with the hanging of banners from each of the school’s six chapter houses. Each banner displays a message about the Buddy Pack program.
Wednesday’s events, at 6 p.m. in Aldridge, will promote camaraderie among members of different sororities and fraternities by mixing teams for various games and activities.
Greek awards and a service award will be presented Thursday, starting at 6 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium. All Buddy Pack funds raised will be due by noon Thursday, and the chapter raising the most money will be given the service award.
“I’m definitely most excited for the Greek awards because I have been able to personally see all the hard work that each of the winners has put into their year, plus I loved deciding all of the superlative awards,” Billie Henry, Panhellenic vice president of programming and chair of Greek Week planning, said.
The week ends on a high note Friday, with Woods 101, an event for students planning to attend The Woods in the fall. During this event, current and incoming students and their families will participate in a Buddy Pack stuffing party at the Helen Stephens Sports Complex with food provided by the Food Bank.
According to Henry, this is a great way to get more packs stuffed with the extra help and show incoming students what a difference Greek life strives to make in the world.
The Buddy Pack program was created to ensure students on free and reduced priced school meals receive reliable nutrition and are not at risk for hunger over the weekend. The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri distributes Buddy Packs to children in elementary schools in 28 of the 32 counties it serves.
During the 2013-14 school-year, more than 6,000 Buddy Packs were distributed weekly. In Callaway County, 2,365 (nearly 50 percent) of the public school children are on free or reduced school meals and have little or no food at home.
Buddy Packs are filled with kid-friendly, nutritious food that students take home over the weekend or holiday periods to supplement their meals when there is not enough for them to eat at home. After the weekend, volunteers at the schools refill the packs for the following weekend.
During last year’s fundraiser, the organizations collected $2,076; the goal for this year is to top that. According to the Food Bank, cash donations are more valuable than food since the Food Bank can buy four times as much Buddy Pack food with $1 as the general public can.
To donate to the cause, contact Henry at BCHenry@owls.williamwoods.edu.