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Philanthropy & Service

Philanthropy Week

November 2016: November 14th-18th, 2016.  The Greek community will engage the campus as a whole and local charities in the Sound County area by raising money, collecting goods, and contributing service hours.  Fraternities and sororities are paired together for the week and participate in a variety of events:

  • Monday 11/14: Volleyball (Keaney @ 7pm)
  • Wednesday 11/16: Jeopardy (Keaney @ 7:30pm)
  • Friday 11/18: Minute-To-Win-It (Keaney @ 7:30pm)

November 2015:  In honor of Vice President Thomas Dougan’s retirement, the Greek Community proudly dedicated this year’s Philanthropy Week to the ‘Harry Amaral Scholarship fund’.  Together the Fraternities and Sororities of the URI community raised a total amount of over $20,250!!!  The Greeks additionally donated to the ‘Edesia Global Nutrition Solutions’ and ASSA Messer Elementary School in Central Fall RI to assist in funding books for students!


November 2014:  Fraternities and Sororities raised money for Violet Graney & the Graney family, Liberty Street in Kingston, Rhody Outpost Food Pantry at URI, and the Jonnycake Center of Peacedale, RI.  The total amount of money raised is over $70,000!!!  Greeks also donated food and toiletry items to the Rhody Outpost and participated in a Day of Service at several local sites in the South County area.

In 2013, Greek Life raised $107,000 at the “Pound the Pavement, Pound a Nail” walkathon, an annual event sponsored by the URI South County Habitat for Humanity partnership committee.  In the past 3 years, Greek Life raised over $350,000 for South County Habitat for Humanity. Philanthropy Week is one of the most rewarding times for the Greek System. Throughout this week, there is a series of events where all Greeks come together to fundraise for charitable organizations. Events vary every year but can include: Dance Competition, Singled Out, Family Feud,Jeopardy, So You Think You Can Dance, Lego Construction Contest, Dodgeball Tournament, and a food & toiletry drive. In the past, the Greek System raised $10,000 to be donated to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation. Along with this major charity, the Greek chapters are partnered with one another to raise money for various other organizations.

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