Standing committees: Service Committee, Philanthropy Committee and Fundraising Committee
The brothers of Phi Sigma Pi strive to be involved in service both within the fraternity as well as in the greater community. In addition to partnering with H.A.W.K., brothers are also involved in running clothing drives, volunteering at local hospitals and partnering with other service organizations on campus to provide services to the greater Lansing community. As a brother, you are expected to fulfill service opportunities throughout the semester. If you are in the Sigma class or older you are required to fill one service opportunity, while if you are in the Tau class or younger you are required to fill two service opportunities. Service opportunities can include events within the fraternity such as tutoring at H.A.W.K, participating in TTAT or Broomball, donating to a clothing drive, donating food or supplies to H.A.W.K. Service opportunities outside the fraternity can include volunteering at a hospital, working a food bank, service learning for an academic class, or working with another service organization.
The philanthropy committee supports and communicates with a local organization based out of the Crown Boxing Gym in Lansing called the Help A Willing Kid foundation. The Philanthropy Committee's most recognizable event is Teeter-Totter-A-Thon, a combined fundraising/service event that occurs each fall. Brothers Teeter-Totter for 24 straight hours, sometimes through snow and rain, never missing a beat, raising money the entire time. We have a strong partnership with HAWK that includes opportunities for tutoring, grant-writing, and cooking.
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
― Albert Pike
The Fundraising Committee’s purpose in Phi Sigma Pi is to raise money in order to keep our Chapter dues low and to provide committees with funds necessary to run their events. Its members expect to meet each semester’s goals, but also strive to exceed this mark and provide greater monetary flexibility each semester. It is a difficult job, yet very rewarding, as we search for creative ways to raise money without a large expense budget.
Examples of past events include cleaning up MSU’s sports arenas, including the Jack Breslin Center and Munn Ice Arena. Its members have also sold programs at home football games, participated in EastStreet promotions, partnered with restaurants to gain a percentage of their sales on a particular day, and printed and sold Breast Cancer awareness t-shirts.