Portions of the proceeds were raised by fraternity and sorority members during a Greek Week walk-a-thon in April. Forty-five Linfield students walked or ran for an hour to earn $1,600.
Approximately 30 percent of Linfield students on the McMinnville campus are members of the Greek system, according to Tal Edman, president of the Linfield Intrafraternity Council. Sororities include Alpha Phi, Phi Sigma Sigma, Sigma Kappa Phi and Zeta Tau Alpha. Fraternities include Delta Psi Delta, Kappa Sigma, Pi Kappa Alpha and Theta Chi.
“We want to establish a community that is based on giving back,” said Edman, a member of the Delta Psi Delta fraternity who will serve as next year’s president. “We don't want to be in our own little corner doing our own thing. We want to be involved in as many ways as possible, reaching out to the community around us to create a positive environment.”
In the past year, the Greek organizations have logged thousands of community service hours, both on campus and off. Students regularly volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross, United Way, Henderson House, Special Olympics, Start Making a Reader Today, Kids on the Block, St. Barnabas Soup Kitchen, McMinnville Homeless Shelter and McMinnville City Outreach and other organizations. They have also collected food for the local food bank, cleared blackberry bushes in Cozine Creek, cleaned beaches and helped to restore the Yamhill River. Greek students have also carried out various volunteer projects during Linfield's Make a Difference Day event in the fall and the spring Global Youth Service Day. Both are one-day events dedicated to performing community service in McMinnville.
Members of the Alpha Phi sorority raised $3,500 for women's cardiac care research by hosting the 10th annual Star Search, according to Jessica Wade, Linfield community service coordinator.
"It's quite remarkable the impact that the Greek student community has on meeting the larger community needs," she said. "I've been very impressed with their interest in volunteering. They set a fabulous example for the rest of the community."