Student Life

OWU’s Greek Community Pitches in to Make a Difference

November 10, 2015 – by Abby Hanson '16

Ohio Wesleyan students helped local nonprofits as part of Greek Day of Service. (Photo by Chloe Dyer '18)

Students Volunteer to Aid Delaware Organizations

More than 300 Ohio Wesleyan fraternity and sorority members did their part to help Make a Difference recently, when they volunteered time to help nearly 20 Delaware organizations.

The Oct. 24 event marked OWU’s third annual Greek Day of Service and coincided with National Make A Difference Day.

Caitlin Burton-Dooley ’17, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, says she loves Greek Day of Service because it allows the Greek community to join together to help out around Delaware.

“We all live here, too,” Burton-Dooley says, “and want nothing more than to do service for those closest to us. It's also such a bonding experience with your own sisters, brothers, and other Greek organizations.”

Dana Behum, assistant director for Student Involvement/Greek Life, says volunteering and working to Make A Difference fits naturally into the goals of OWU's fraternities and sororities. 

"The fraternity and sorority community is nationally founded on opportunities to serve others through our time and talents," Behum says. "Our community values service among scholarship, character, and leadership.

"This event connects our campus to the greater Delaware community, and opens our student's eyes to the awesome people and agencies that provide assistance in the local area," Behum continues. "The more our students learn about their local community, hopefully, the more they value their OWU experience overall."

During their service, which occurred on National Make A Difference Day, the OWU students worked with several local organizations including: Lutheran Social Services, Choice Food Pantry, Family Promise, Delaware County District Library, Oak Grove Cemetery, The Strand Theater, Alum Creek State Park, Liberty Community Center, The Arts Castle, Central Ohio Symphony, HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties, the Delaware Historical Society, Willis Intermediate School, SourcePoint, Main Street Delaware, American Red Cross, and Mingo Park.