The mention of Greek Week on the Southeast Missouri State University campus brings thoughts of chariot races, choreographed song and dance, and community-building activities. But among the celebration and competition, Greek Life students learn to give back. Philanthropy is an important part of the Greek Week tradition at Southeast.
This year, Greek organizations were paired with nonprofits from around the Cape Girardeau community.
- Alpha Chi Omega, Phi Delta Theta: Dream Factory
- Alpha Delta Pi, Sigma Chi: Hope for One More
- Alpha Phi, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Theta Xi: One City
- Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Chi, Lambda Chi Alpha: Community Partnership of Southeast Missouri
- Delta Delta Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha: SEMO NASV
- Gamma Phi Beta, Sigma Nu: Educare
- Sigma Sigma Sigma, Sigma Phi Epsilon: Voices for Children
The monetary contributions that will come from Southeast's Greek organizations will no doubt help the community's nonprofits, but for some, the exposure will be just as crucial. This year, the Greek Week overall winners were Alpha Chi Omega and Phi Delta Theta who represented Dream Factory. The organizations donated nearly $7,000 to Dream Factory.
The Dream Factory of Southeast Missouri is a volunteer organization dedicated to granting wishes for local children who are critically or chronically ill. Dream Factory volunteer and Southeast Alumni, Allison Pfau, says she realized how fortunate her family was when they had their first healthy child. She volunteers with the Dream Factory to bring a little joy to the lives of children with medical struggles.
Greek Week 2022
Philanthropy Through the Years
Giving back to the Cape Girardeau community has been a tradition at Southeast for many years. During Greek Week, students get to have a direct impact outside the college campus.
- Raised $29,570 – with nearly $7,000 raised in just an hour and a half as part of “Money Madness.”
- The Greek Week food drive collected over 10,000 items for the Redhawk food pantry.
- Collected 871 units of blood for the American Red Cross.
- Collected more than 5,000 articles of clothing and almost 9,000 canned goods and personal hygiene products to support local food pantries.
- Southeast held the second-largest collegiate blood drive in the Midwest region, collecting 1,011 units of blood to be donated to the America Red Cross.
- Southeast Greeks raised $45,166 to benefit the United Way of Southeast Missouri, One City, Hope for One More, Honorable Young Men’s Club, SMEO NASV, Voices for Children/CASA, Community Partnership of Southeast MO, and the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Missouri.
- More than 16,000 canned goods were collected for the Redhawk Food Pantry and New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church’s food pantry.
- More than 8,000 men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing items were collected and donated to the Safe House for Women
- Greek Life students assisted the Southeast Missouri Special Olympics.
- A Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes event raised awareness for sexual assault prevention against women
- More than 3,824 community service hours were reported,
- More than 8,000 items of clothing were collected,
- Around 15,000 can goods were donated to the Redhawk Pantry.
- 1,244 units of blood were collected
- More than $40,000 in donations were raised were used to help support One City, Hope for One More, the Honorable Young Men’s Club, SEMO Network Against Sexual Violence, Voice for Children/CASA, Community Caring Council and Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Missouri.