A while back, the SDSU Greek community celebrated their annual Greek Week which accumulates the values and purpose of the organizations represented within the community. Every chapter from all 3 councils (InterFraternity, Panhellenic, and USFC) participates in the event. The week long benefit was targeted to raise money for two organizations, Embrace and the Children’s Center.
Embrace is a non-profit organization based in San Diego which is led by Aztec alumni, Sean Sheppard. Every week, Embrace feeds homeless veterans who have faced battles on the streets after their time served to this country. Sheppard leads projects such as Ex 4 Vets which incorporates student organization competition and helps raise money for homeless veterans to get them off the streets. Sheppard also leads house projects in which he helps rebuild homes for veterans who have faced unfortunate circumstances.
The Children’s Center is a facility operated by the Associated Students of San Diego State University. The Children’s Center provides programs for students who have children and are pursuing their degrees. In addition, the Children’s Center is utilized as a main resource for students studying Child and Family Development along with other health fields. These past few years, the Children’s Center has faced major budget cuts due to the lack of funding from the state. Depending on reserves and creative methods, the Children’s Center has been struggling to maintain the efficiency that it has produced in the previous years.
The SDSU Greek community rose over $20,000 for Embrace and the Children’s Center. In addition to the funding raised, there was over 400 community service hours accumulated and enough blood donated to save 150 lives. Greek Week is a time where the Greek community can come together and illustrate the values that motivated the members to join the organizations in the first place.