URI Greek Life Gives Back

From L – R Ashly Brooks, Joseph Farese and Alexia Williams

Rams Giving

Fellowship, leadership, scholarship, and community service are the four pillars of URI greek life. Since 2003, greek philanthropy week has been one of its most anticipated traditions. Andrew Parrella of  Zeta Beta Tau states, “last week 3000 students united to focus on one common goal – to have a substantial impact on the community. I guess we all wanted to do something that is larger than ourselves.”

Since its inception, philanthropy week  has raised over $300,000 and donated over 500,000 items to the community. This year greek life raised $17,000 and collected almost $4,000 worth of goods from November 13-19, 2016. All canned goods and toiletries were donated to South Providence Neighborhood Matters and all funds have been put towards the development of the URI Greeks Give Back Fund in partnership with the URI Student Philanthropy Council. This fund provides financial assistance to students, faculty, and local community members in need.

On top of these substantial donations, the 23 fraternities and sororities also dedicated their time and service to local Rhode Island agencies such as the Elisha Project,  Johnnycake Center, and Welcome House.  Alexia Williams explains, “this is to demonstrate the importance of tangible community service versus solely financial fundraising.”

For 13 years, philanthropy week has given the greeks of URI an opportunity to serve the community.  In reflection, Alexia Williams commented, “I am humbled to have worked with such an amazing group of student leaders to execute this event.  Greek life  does a lot of work to pay it forward and give back to our community.”

Day of Service Projects

Tau Kappa Epsilon, Sigma Kappa, Theta Chi
Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett, Rhode Island.
Volunteers cleaned the beach.

Alpha Xi Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha
Johnny Cake Center in Wakefield, Rhode Island.
Volunteers moved furniture to second store front.

Phi Gamma Delta,  Alpha Delta Pi,  Alpha Epsilon Pi
Pet Refuge in North Kingston, Rhode Island.
Volunteers cleaned and cared for the animals.

Sigma Delta Tau, Kappa Sigma
Welcome House in Peacedale Rhode Island.
Volunteers collected food and cleaning supplies.

Chi Omega and  Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Welcome House in Peacedale, Rhode Island.
Volunteers collected food and cleaning supplies.

Kappa Delta and Sigma Phi Epsilon
South Providence Neighborhood Matters in Providence, Rhode Island.
Volunteers made thanksgiving baskets.

Delta Zeta, Lambda Chi Alpha, Zeta Beta Tau
Ocean Notion at Narragansett State Beach.
Volunteers cleaned the beach.

Phi Sigma Sigma, Phi Kappa Psi, Sigma Pi
Elisha Project.
Volunteers made and delivered meals to  the homeless.

Zeta Tau Alpha, Delta Chi, and Sigma Chi
Johnny Cake Center in Wakefield, Rhode Island.
Volunteers collected goods.


Story by Lindsay Tocco
Class of 2018, Health Studies Major and Business Minor
Sister of  Sigma Delta Tau Sorority

Photo by Sabrina Araújo
Class of 2018, Public Relations and Communications Major