Want to be able to help raise money to help millions of at-risk individuals, while also putting your name into winning amazing prizes? Salisbury’s Alpha Phi Omega is giving students that opportunity, through its partnership with the American Heart Association.
On Feb. 3rd from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., you can purchase a $2 raffle ticket or you can get three tickets for $5, if you want to up your chances of winning one of their amazing prizes! All the money that is received through this event will be directly donated to the American Heart Association, and your donation will be funding medical care for individuals around the country.
“We will have things such as candy, lotion, mugs, bath bombs and facemasks … (the theme) is a self-care raffle with all the funds going directly back into the organization,” President Nick Sanders shared about the upcoming event.
The organization is holding the event outside of the registers in Commons. Want to participate off campus? Alpha Phi Omega has got you covered! The organization will also be holding the raffle live on Zoom, so you can be a part of the change from anywhere.
Check out it's Instagram page @apo_salisbury for the chance to purchase raffle tickets during the entire time of the event.
One of the organizations most recent endeavors is to orchestrate efforts to make disposing of your trash for free within the city of Salisbury.
“In Salisbury, you have to pay a membership fee to dump your trash. Not every person has the ability to pay that fee … we’re trying to get in contact with city officials to attempt to take away that fee, to help people around the community,” Vice President of services Jared McLean shared.
Alpha Phi Omega's efforts to help the community of Salisbury don’t stop there. Rather, it is just the tip of the iceberg in ways in which this organization is taking steps to better the city.
Around 80% of the children in Salisbury are currently enrolled within the free lunch plan within the public school system, and Alpha Phi Omega is taking strides to help the affected individuals.
“For many, that is their only access to food all day and with COVID-19, we know those issues can worsen. We’re taking any efforts we can, and we are currently raising money and applying for service grants to help in any way that we can,” Sanders stated.
Although this organization is small in number, the events they organize are purposed to help individuals beyond the campus community and more.
If you want to be a part of the change within the Salisbury community but don’t think you would want to fully commit to the organization, no worries! Alpha Phi Omega’s efforts are open to any individual that wants to volunteer in their efforts to make positive changes on the lives of thousands.
“You do not have be directly apart of the organization to come out and help with our efforts … even if people were to come out and take a day or two to help our efforts, that would mean a lot,” McLean encouraged.
Be a part of the change that you want to see in the world; joining Alpha Phi Omega is one of the first steps you can take to help better your community.
“Alpha Phi Omega puts all of our efforts into serving our community as best as we can … we’re a co-ed fraternity, and anyone can check out our Instagram to meet some of our members,” Sanders encouraged.
If you want to be a part of this dutiful organization this next semester and beyond, reach out to their president for more information through his email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By STEPHANIE RIVERA
Gull Life editor
Featured photo by Nick Sanders.