Charity Begins at College

By Mary Brosmith

Many new college students join fraternities and sororities across the country each year. These are social organizations, to be sure, but many of them also demonstrate a deep commitment to charity work, and they instill those values in their members.

Delta Delta Delta (Tri Delta) is a sorority with 138 collegiate chapters and nearly 200,000 living alumnae, and those alumnae have formed 261 chapters that have also been instrumental in the organization’s fundraising activities. Tri Delta formed a partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1999, and the sorority has raised tens of millions of dollars for the hospital since that time. In 2011 alone, the organization raised $3.4 million to aid St. Jude in its continuing fight against children’s cancer.

About the author: Mary Brosmith works as a Merchandising Representative at Lawrence Merchandising Services in Plymouth, Minnesota. She is an alumna of the Delta Delta Delta chapter at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.

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Experiments in Empathy at Catholic Charities, By Mary Brosmith

Catholic Charities USA recently partnered with Step Up Silicon Valley, a California-based campaign against poverty, to host a “poverty simulation” in advance of the 2012 Poverty Summit in Washington, D.C. Participants in the simulation agreed to voluntarily limit their own access to resources for a fixed period of time in order to better understand the lives of people of lesser means. This exercise has been successfully implemented by Step Up Silicon Valley in the past, and collaboration with Catholic Charities USA has now brought it to the national stage.

Catholic Charities USA has been a leader in combating poverty in the United States for more than 100 years. Through its extensive network of local agencies across the country, it works to improve the lives of millions of people each year.

About the author:

Mary Brosmith is a graduate of St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. She currently works as a Merchandising Representative in Plymouth, Minnesota, and she is an active supporter of Catholic Charities USA.

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