Across the nation and in celebration of the Easter holiday, several chapters and colonies throughout the country hosted several Easter community events for underserved communities highlighting the brotherhood’s commitment to service and outreach in the communities they are part of.
The Rho Chapter at Texas State University continued their annual Easter Egg Hunt tradition which has grown from its inception and has become a staple in the San Marcos area. Brothers worked in conjunction with the City of San Marcos, the San Antonio Alumni Association of Omega Delta Phi, and other campus leaders to host the Easter event.
In Houston, the Pi Chapter hosted an Easter Egg Hunt and carried out what they hope to become an annual tradition with the Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA) community organization.
Andres Cendejas, Pi Chapter president elect, coordinated the event with MECA coordinator Ms. Esmeralda Salinas. The Pi Chapter at the University of Houston has adopted MECA as their local philanthropy and has worked closely with the community based non-profit in previous occasions such as their Pi-Giving Thanksgiving Dinner and their Knights before Christmas toy-drive effort. Cendejas and the Pi brothers agreed that an Easter event for the community would be something worth pursuing.
“Once the idea of what we wanted to do was established, I started coordinating with Ms. Salinas, from MECA. I then started having regular meetings and conference calls with Ms. Salinas to make sure everything would run smoothly” shared Cendejas.
Brothers of the Pi Chapter as well as brothers from out of town from the North Texas Region and the Delta Chapter were on hand and volunteered their time during the event. Families from the Houston metro area descended upon MECA on Saturday March 26th for a morning of free food, entertainment, and a family friendly environment. The event featured a 2,000 easter egg hunt on the grounds of the MECA center as well as a sack race, spoon race, and other family friendly and interactive activities.
“Pi’s Egg Hunt was created with the sole purpose of giving back to our community, specifically MECA’s, our direct philanthropy community center. After all, service always comes first” added Cendejas.
Families from Houston’s underserved neighborhoods attended the event and were able to partake in a family friendly, fun filled, safe event.
“Its important for the children to see themselves reflected as leaders, as individuals who give of their time for a good cause and the greater good” said Edwin Romero, active at the Alpha Omicron chapter at the University of Texas at Dallas who was on hand to volunteer.
The Easter spirit also came alive within the active members of the Heritage University Colony in Washington state as they hosted their very own Easter egg hunt and family festival.
The Heritage University colony hosted the event for the second year in a row; the easter egg hunt has become a signature event for the young entity, one which has enabled them to bridge the gap and reach out to the community they are part of and seek to serve.
The goal of the event is to bridge the gap between the community of Toppenish and the student body of Heritage. The event featured a free Easter Egg Hunt, an array of games and family friendly activities for all ages, free food for 2500 people, free prizes and giveaways, and music and entertainment.
“This is a great opportunity to bring your entire family for a fun and exciting festival that kids will look forward to every year. Heritage University is in the perfect location to gather families from the entire Yakima Valley” noted Heber Molina, current president of Heritage University’s colony of Omega Delta Phi.
Molina also highlighted the importance of providing a fun family friendly atmosphere while showcasing the importance of higher education and creating a brand for Omega Delta Phi’s Heritage University colony that is all about community service and positive growth.
The Honorable Knights of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity continue to showcase, through actions and outreach, how their commitment to community service is on a level that is unrivaled. The service efforts led by the Knights are interactive and allow members to get a glimpse, firsthand, of the impact they are having on their communities. Service, and the desire and ability to serve, is the light that Omega Delta Phi chapters and colonies shine upon those who continue to be underserved and underrepresented.