For six out of seven years, we been honored with Elon's philanthropic
and community service awards. We realize we are lucky to be attending
college, to be surrounded by many friends, and to have the opportunity
to help others. While Lambda Chi Alpha has a national philanthropic
cause called the North American Food Drive, we also spend time helping
organizations and people right here in our community. Here are a
few of our most recent projects and a few upcoming ones.
Pumpkin Fest - Every Fall
Lambda Chi Alpha's North American Food Drive is the fraternity's
largest philanthropy. We have established the goal of making a year-round
commitment to a canned food drive. In the fall of each semester,
the brothers use the philanthropy as a means to work with other
Greek Organizations in Pumpkin Fest.
Pumpkin Fest was established in 1998, and has provided the brothers
with a means to collect canned food goods from the sororities on
campus as well as have a fun weekend of friendly competitions between
the sororities. Pumpkin Fest has been largely successful and helped
us earn an award from Lambda Chi Alpha International Headquarters
by raising a total of "16, 720 pounds" of canned food.
Coupled with the community canned food drive, where the brothers
look to the Elon Community for donations, there has been tremendous
success in raising the canned food goods for the hungry in the area.
All canned food goods are brought to Loaves and Fishes of Burlington
David Smith Angel Tree - Every Winter
Before every Winter Vacation, the Chapter here at Elon has established
the Dave Smith Angel Tree. This event is used to help gather money
and toy donations for local children in the Burlington area around
Christmas time. This year we saw participation skyrocket as enough
money was raised, coupled with donations, to get over 100 toys for
needy children in the area.
Ebony & Ivory Week - Every March
Lambda Chi Alpha has teamed up with Alpha Phi Alpha to promote racial
unity across campus. Known as "Ebony and Ivory Week" the event has
brothers from both organizations sitting in the Moseley center passing
out "Hugs" (candy) and promoting racial awareness on campus.
In March 2000 , with at least four members of the organizations
at the table, the campus was able to see the benefits of racial
unity leading to friendship at work. Not only do the two fraternities
team up to make everyone aware by appearance, but also, with a campus
wide clean-up, look to better the campus. Both Chapters, near the
end of the week, reach out even further to the Elon community by
roaming around campus scouring for loose garbage in an effort to
make Elon a better environment.