We all hear the anti-greek talk that philanthropies are just a way to make Greek life look better. That we don’t really care about the organization we’re tied to. I’m here to tell you just how incredibly wrong that is.
At the end of last semester, I was lucky enough to be able to go with a group of my sisters to visit our philanthropy, St. Jude. Our partnership with St. Jude has always been important to me, but actually seeing the hospital and having doctors, nurses, and parents thank us for what we do? That’s a feeling I’ll never shake.
I love my philanthropy because it has such a wide outreach.
St. Jude has patients from all over the world, from all different backgrounds. Since none of their patients pay a single cent to receive treatment, they help families from miles and miles away.
I love that the work my sisters and I put in to this organization allows them to keep a 2 million dollar a day operation running. I love that we get cards and letters and videos keeping us updated on the lives we’re helping to save. I love that nothing can make the girls in my house tear up faster than a message from St. Jude.
I love that lives are saved, scientific progress is made, and families get a chance at happy endings with St. Jude.
I love that they use little red wagons instead of wheelchairs. St. Jude takes every opportunity to help their patients remember that no matter what, they’re still kids. The walls are colorful and fun. There are toys and ice cream and 24 hour room service. I love that despite the suffering, these kids get every wish met. They deserve that.
Selfishly, I love that my philanthropy pushes me. It asks more of me than I thought I had to give. It makes me humble. It makes me work hard. Because I love it so, it holds me to a higher standard.
So the next time you hear someone call your philanthropy an excuse to get wasted on the weekends, remind them, and yourself, that’s a lie. Your hard work and passion for your philanthropy shouldn’t be another joke about Greek Life.