Cal Poly’s Greek organizations raised half a million dollars in 2016 to benefit numerous nonprofit groups, according to the university.
Of the more than $200,000 brought in by organizations in Cal Poly’s Interfraternity Council, more than $200,000 was dedicated to the Military Heroes Campaign, the V Foundation for Cancer Research, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and other local and national nonprofit agencies.
The Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity donated $128,350 to its St. Jude philanthropy.
Also, the Panhellenic Council and United Sorority and Fraternity Council each raised more than $100,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation and the Arthritis Foundation, among other charities. The Chi Omega sorority raised $45,000 in one night for Make-A-Wish.
Greeks make up about 20 percent of Cal Poly’s student body; they collectively volunteered more than 35,000 hours of community service last year, offering assistance as academic tutors, at nonprofit wholesale nursery Growing Grounds, local beach cleanups and more.