Greeks Bearing Gifts

Everyone knows that philanthropy is a generous way to spend money. Who would have thought that 20-year-old "college kids" are involved?

by Giulia Baldini and Tyler Leidy. Photos courtesy of Anthony Kostusiak.

Every semester, a new batch of college students rush a Greek life organization. Many of them may be joining to find like-minded individuals, a deeper sense of brother or sisterhood, or even just to have fun. Some may have not even foreseen themselves joining at all.

 

“I joined because I wanted to do good work in the community with like minded people” said Anthony Kostusiak, the service chair for Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE). “I didn’t just want to [join] as a resume builder, but to do work with a like minded group of guys to do something bigger than yourself.”

 

Kostusiak felt a real human connection with his work. 

 

“SAE did a lupus walk last semester, and to just see the kids faces light up, it made my day,” said Kostusiak. “Doing work to help the community, with people like this is just great”

Kostusiak also mentioned how stressful his position can be, especially during weeks when SAE has multiple events.

“It can be stressful, but when we raise about $1,200 for a good cause it definitely helps the stress,” he said.  

Every organization at Hofstra raises their fair share, and even more beyond that. 

“It’s like a big Greek family here,” said Delta Gamma (DG) president Olivia Poff. “Every semester DG holds an event, one a soccer tournament, one a synchronized swim that most of the fraternities participate in… it’s fun, and raises a ton of money for our charities.”

 Katerina Belales, a sophomore drama and journalism major, explains her experience in fundraising and being a member in Greek Life.

 

SAE members table for Penny Wars, an annual fundraiser.

She is currently an active member in Delta Phi Epsilon, a sorority that raises funds for philanthropies including The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and The Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation.

Belales says that in her organization they have a vice president of programming (VPP) “who is in charge of overseeing all of our philanthropy and community service events. We then also have community service chairs and philanthropy chairs who work alongside the VPP in coordinating the events.”

Positions like these in Greek organizations make it much easier for the organizations to operate smoothly when raising money for charities.

“Being the president, I don’t plan our events, but I help notify everyone about them,” said Poff. “It definitely helps get us all on the same page as far event coordination.”

Antreise Lacey, the president of Delta Phi Epsilon, also says that she joined her organization because of the philanthropies.

“The purpose of fundraising on a Greek Life chapter is to give back to our community and to lend a helping hand,” said Lacey. “We fundraise for philanthropies that are picked up by our [national organizations] and create our own ones that are local to us.”

Each Greek organization at Hofstra has a specific cause they perform philanthropy for, that usually originates from their national chapter.

 

While specific members have positions within these organizations relating directly to certain philanthropic events, once those events come around it is a collective effort.