The brothers of Delta Tau Delta holding a dunk tank
philanthropy event on Ho Plaza to raise money for the
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Philanthropy is a central component of fraternity life. Throughout out 30+ fraternities, our Interfraternity Council community contributes hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars every year to local, national, and global philanthropies, from the Huntsman Cancer Institute to the Boys & Girls Club of America.
Within a fraternity, community service and philanthropy efforts are led by the Philanthropy Chair. Each chapter normally sponsors a few philanthropic events and community service initiatives each year. Additionally, chapters support other fraternity, sorority, campus, and community events.
There's no better way to learn more about the spirit of service in our fraternities than by attending a philanthropy event yourself! The skills learned and good feeling generated as an undergraduate often lead to a lifetime of community service. Many philanthropists got their start while volunteering for their fraternity.
United Way of Tompkins County
The official philanthropy of the Cornell Interfraternity Council is the United Way of Tompkins County. This incredible organization helps people meet their immediate, basic needs while empowering lasting change by strengthening the three building blocks for a good life: education, income, and health. The Interfraternity Council's Executive Vice President, Adam Shelepak '17, serves as the Cornell Chairperson of the United Way of Tompkins County; in this leadership role, Adam spearheads Cornell's involvement with this local philanthropic organization.
Each semester, the Greek Tri-Council holds a blood drive through the American Red Cross. Both blood drives are publicized throughout the entire Cornell community; faculty, students, staff, and even members of the Ithaca community donate.
Starting in 2008, every fall, Greeks from different chapters convene in Collegetown to clean up trash and improve the streets and sidewalks of a community where so many students live. Additionally, Cornell’s Greek community purchased recycling bins for Collegetown in the hopes that with more more recepticles, residents will litter less. We aim to encourage community respect and sustainability.
Greeks Give Back
Each semester, the Greek Tri-Council hosts a day of service, known as Greeks Give Back. This day of service provides members of all fraternities and sororities the opportunity to work together to serve the greater Ithaca community. In October, Greeks Give Back was a major success, with record Greek attendance! Students served at a variety of locations, from the YMCA to Ithaca Children's Garden.