Epsilon Psi-Western Michigan University

Local Philanthropy

Here at Epsilon Psi we are dedicated to giving back to our community here in Kalamazoo.  We love to raise money for local causes, which is why we have chose the Ark Shelter to be our official Philanthropy.

The Ark Shelter helps youth and families who are in crisis become stable, develop strong and healthy relationships, and develop positive, achievable goals for the future.  The Ark seeks to provide a safe place for youth and families to work on their goals, to reunite youth with their families, to empower youth to identify healthy life style behaviors and to develop positive decision-making skills. For more Information on the Ark Shelter click here.

We love to plan several events a year to support our community here around WMU.  In the Fall we hold our annual PIKEsgiving Luncheon.  This year we held the luncheon at the Fetzer Center on campus, it raised over $2,900 dollars through ticket sales and the silent auction.  In the spring we typically hold one or more smaller events, such as a Zumbathon in the Rec Center or our Dunk-a-PIKE event held at the flagpoles.  Holding these events, on average we make $4,000 that we are able to donate to the Ark Shelter or another cause that we deem worthy.  We also make sure to go out and support our fellow greeks by supporting their philanthropic efforts.

Raising support and awareness for local causes is extremely important to us here at Epsilon Psi, which is why we take try to make the most of all of our events by publisising them the best that we can by utilizing all social media and marketing resources available.

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The collective efforts across our chapters raised over $2.125 million and performed over 300,000 hours of community service. Philanthropy and community service reinforce our sense of community and serve as a force for good in our communities.

The Taylor Trudeau Cycle for Life was created in memory of a fallen Pi Kappa Alpha brother, Taylor Trudeau (New Hampshire, Gamma Mu ’04). Taylor passed away in August 2008 after a year-long battle with Leukemia.

The Cycle for Life is a stationary cycling event that was founded by the brothers of the Gamma Mu Chapter at the University of New Hampshire. The first event was held shortly after Taylor’s death, and despite the last minute organization—the event raised $4,000. In the second year, the Cycle for Life raised $11,000, and at the third annual, held in November 2010, $16,000 was raised. All funds raised are donated directly to research.

For more information visit The Taylor Trudeau Cycle for Life.

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