By Oanhie “Shinsen” Pham, Editor-in-chief

It’s only been a little more than a month into the new year, but Delta Phi Lambda chapters have already done numerous philanthropic projects in January and plan on doing more during the rest of February and March.

Sisters at the University of West Florida recently fed the homeless at a Lutheran church in downtown Pensacola as part of their spring recruitment and had set up a Best Bones Forever! table at their Lunar New Year event. They will also be raising money for Relay for Life by selling silk roses for Valentine’s Day.

The University of Cincinnati sisters said they’ll be making Valentine’s Day cards for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and continuing their work with Matthew 25: Ministries, a nonprofit organization that provides aid to impoverished communities at home and abroad.

Dany “Vegas” Son, a sister at the University of Central Florida, said her chapter’s friends and supporters help at their biweekly cleanups at their school’s Lake Claire. They even try to make it fun by having contests to see which group collects the most trash. The UCF chapter also helped out at the Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival on February 5, and participated in Homelessness to Hope Walk-A-Thon, which is organized by the Orlando Day Nursery.

DePaul sisters volunteer every year at Chicago’s Fleur de Lis Ball, a fundraising event for the St. Vincent de Paul Center. Crystal “Chaaya” Watson said sisters help sell and manage raffle tickets for guests, provide assistance at the auctions and help answer guests’ questions. Watson said being part of the event has been an enjoyable and memorable experience, and helps the chapter get more involved with the community.

Sisters at the Fleur de Lis Ball

“It wasn’t the fancy location of the ball or the formal attire that we got to wear that made it memorable for us,” Watson said. “It was the fact that we were able to contribute our time for the children in need and knowing that we would make a difference.”

During Martin Luther King, Jr.’s weekend, Grand Valley State University sisters participated in Day of Service, a school-wide event held every semester. GVSU sisters were placed into two different groups, one with Healthy Homes Coalition and the other with Love Inc. Sisters, who were helping out the Healthy Homes Coalition and were given the task of giving out and collecting tests for radon, an unsafe substance found in homes. Sisters with Love Inc., a Christian-based nonprofit organization, volunteered to organize clothing and put them where they belong in the organization’s store. Xee “Marvel” Yang said she finds it neat that the organization has a priority request box in which one can write names on so the organization will pray for them. Overall, Yang said sisters had a lot of fun doing community service.

Even though their spring semesters are busy with recruitment, classes and work, sisters still set aside time to volunteer for various organizations and have fun doing it! If you would like to find out how you can start volunteering today, check this out.

Photo credit: Crystal Watson