Service and Philanthropy
The motto that Phi Kappa Psi was founded on is “The Great Joy of Serving Others,” which is exemplified by our chapter’s commitment to community service and philanthropy. Our chapter believes that service to one’s community helps develop us as men of integrity which is the greatest compliment to one’s education. The average brother of our chapter accumulated 49.74 hours and raised 162.98 dollars for different community service and philanthropy events during the 2015-2016 school year and every one of our brothers completed at least 10 hours of community service. These averages place us as one of the top chapters on campus in both the hours served and fundraising categories for our campus. Our chapter serves on executive boards and committees for numerous charitable organization including Terp Thon, Habitat for Humanity, Relay 4 Life, and Kid Power Tutoring. In addition, our chapter is involved in many other organizations in order to help the community such as Food Recovery Network and the Office of Community Engagement.
We also started the Phi Psi Friends program, an initiative that aims to help out members of the College Park community. This includes activities such as cleaning the streets, assisting the elderly, shoveling during the winter months, and other tasks to help out the community.
In March 2012, our chapter held our very own philanthropy event, the Phi Psi Open. Benefiting Cystic Fibrosis, our chapter held a campus-wide tennis event in which more than twenty organizations participated. In April 2015, we raised over $7000 through our bubble soccer philanthropy event. This money was donated to the Holland family, friends of the Maryland Gamma Chapter, to help the fight against graves disease. We will be hosting the bubble soccer event again this April, which will raise funds for a cause close to one of our brothers. In August 2016, Cindy Burton, the mother of one of our brothers, was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. Cindy began chemotherapy in October of 2016, and she expects to complete her treatments in April with surgery to follow shortly upon completion of chemotherapy. After hearing about Cindy’s battle with breast cancer, we knew we wanted to assist in any way possible. The proceeds will go to the DeCesaris Cancer Institute at the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation. The Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md. is a comprehensive, regional leader in cancer care that includes the latest in prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment. Many different types of cancer specialists collaborate and contribute to the care of patients.
In addition to our own event, we also participate in national Phi Kappa Psi events. Our national fraternity is proudly partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, which serves as a leading organization in terms of enabling young people. Phi Kappa Psi chapters throughout the country are involved with their local Boys and Girls Clubs which focuses on youth development within their communities. In addition to helping the Boys and Girls club, our chapter also volunteered for a local daycare center in Cabo, San Lucas Mexico during our Spring Break as part of the American Leadership Academy.