Note from the Editor of 7Visions Magazine: The Content Team and Marketing Department are proud to launch this new series titled Service Saturdays where we will feature the community outreach and philanthropic efforts being led by our chapters, colonies, and local alumni associations around the nation. It is our hope that this lens will reaffirm Omega Delta Phi’s commitment, as a service fraternity, to the communities we are part of.

Conroe, TX– Earlier last month, the Eta Alumni Association of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, consisting of alumni from the Sam Houston State University chapter, kicked off the academic year with a service effort.

The Eta Alumni Association spearheaded a school supplies drive and fundraiser whose joint efforts led in the culmination of a community event benefitting the new non-profit organization We Hop (We Have One Purpose). We Hop is a recently established nonprofit youth ministry that aims to motivate, educate, and inspire at risk youth so that they are able to make decisions that will empower them to success. The end goal of the youth group is to be able to expand into a residential facility for youth.

The brothers worked together to coordinate the drive by setting up a drop off location at two frequented locations. Through those efforts, they were able to collect enough supplies to fill 150 backpacks. Each backpack was stuffed with school supplies and other back to school items.

On August 5th, the EAA and WeHOP hosted a community event in Montgomery County which culminated with the school supplies being dispersed to students and families. The program consisted of speakers, testimonies from college students, as well as free food and activities for the entire family.

A Navy Chief recruiter was on hand to discuss post graduate opportunities in the military while a collegiate athlete shared their experiences balancing their participation in athletics and their academic responsibilities.

The drive and fundraiser netted upwards of $1000.00 in cash donations on top of the actual school supplies that were donated at the drop off boxes. As the event was coming to a close, forty-four more students showed up with their families and the coordinators of the service effort were able to ensure them backpacks which were picked up by the families that next week.

Miguel Sanchez, member of the Eta Chapter’s Alpha Line of Fall 2009 and current employee with Montgomery County Juvenile Probation, was one of the lead coordinators of this effort alongside several other alumni such as Francisco Villalta and Juan Rocha.

Sanchez noted that the impact of this event was driven home when a family that attended and received school supplies asked to take pictures with the volunteers of the event as they held up their backpacks, beaming with pride and gratitude.

“That gesture reaffirmed the importance of these types of events and really highlighted the need that is out there in our communities” he stated.

The school supplies drive and community event were held before the destructive force of Hurricane Harvey slammed into the greater Houston and Harris county metropolitan area. With a community in mourning, organizations like Omega Delta Phi and WeHOP are coming to the aid of those in highest need in order to provide a small sliver of normalcy amidst the devastation that was laid waste in the fourth largest city in America.