Greeks head philanthropic efforts at Tech

Leading the change for philanthropic efforts on campus, Greek organizations have their unique ways of helping give back.

Social sorority Zeta Tau Alpha participates in monthly service events and annual fund-raisers to raise awareness about breast cancer. Social fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha volunteers with the St. Baldrick’s foundation to shave their heads in order to raise awareness about childhood cancer.

South Asian fraternity Alpha Iota Omicron’s philanthropy includes a large initiative to help those less fortunate in countries throughout South Asia. Their annual 5K “India Run for Hope,” hosted ever year here at Tech, collects over $30,000 to combat cancer in India by providing the nation’s impoverished communities with the opportunity for cancer screening and treatment.

Perhaps there isn’t a greater hands-on volunteering organization than that of the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. By enlisting non-paid help to work and building supply donations to build with, the organization is able to build new homes or repair older ones at affordable costs for those less fortunate.

Volunteers for Habitat for Humanity are responsible for building over 50 houses and saving $50 million in labor costs every year in the Atlanta-Metro area.

One of the most recognized events in the world has become a cornerstone of Tech’s philanthropic efforts. The Relay for Life is part of the American Cancer Society’s national and annual fundraiser project designed to help put an end to cancer.

Last year, employees from the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center  helped build a house.

It is not only the students that are doing the work, but faculty and other employees are helping out with the initiative as well.