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11/15/2007 Linfield fraternity impacts area youth

McMINNVILLE – Life is a little easier for struggling Yamhill County families due to the recent generosity of a Linfield College fraternity.

The Linfield chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity spent two weekends building a playground for a local Yamhill Community Action Partnership homeless shelter.

The project originally began during Linfield’s Make a Difference Day on Oct. 27. Approximately 25 Kappa Sigma members and YCAP staff spent the day leveling a 28 x 28 square foot piece of land and filling the area with mulch. The following Saturday, the fraternity returned to assemble the play structure that will benefit the shelter’s young residents for years to come.

Jessica Wade, Linfield community service coordinator, said that this project gave the fraternity a chance to interact with the residents of the homeless shelter and learn how YCAP assists shelter families and individuals in moving toward self-sufficiency.

“This project exemplifies the ideals of Make a Difference Day because it was a meaningful community service project that stemmed from a true community need,” Wade said. “It highlights the collaborative spirit necessary to get things done and demonstrates the power of community service to increase awareness and transform students’ perceptions of social problems.”

Linfield sophomore Connor Lieb also found this to be a beneficial project that gave the members perspective.

“The shelter residents told us all, as a group, how much they value their relationships with their children,” Lieb, who is also the Kappa Sigma community service chair, said. “It was cool to see who this was directly benefiting.”

For more information about Make a Difference Day or other community service projects, call Wade at 503-883-2636.