Many of Indiana State University’s student organizations take pride in their community service projects. One organization in particular held a philanthropy event to help Flint, Mich.
Members of Alpha Phi Alpha worked with some members of the fraternity’s chapter in Flint to benefit those affected by the water crisis.
Milton McClain, a senior studying finance and president of ISU’s chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, gives back to community with his fraternity on a regular basis. “We do a lot of service,” said McClain. “We try to do community service every week.”
When they decided to organize a water drive to help Flint, McClain and the other members of Alpha Phi Alpha connected with some Alphas with whom they had networked at a regional conference last April. “I had a chance to meet Alphas that are out of Flint, Michigan,” said McClain. “We reached out to the members of Alpha from Flint and told them that we wanted to hold a water drive. They helped us out a lot.”
The members of the fraternity used social media, emails and information tables in the Hulman Memorial Student Union to let the students of ISU know about the water drive. “We collected over 250 cases of water, over 30 water filters and over 50 one gallon jugs of water,” said McClain. “We also raised $400 in cash to go and buy water.”
Once they reached the drop off point, members of the fraternity handed out water to families in need. “It felt good to give back to those who still had bad water after four years,” said McClain, “just going up there myself and actually giving the water to those families and seeing how they actually need the water and how bad they wanted it.”
Jaylin Banks, a student studying physical therapy and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, explained how positive it was to see the students of ISU come together and donate to this cause.
“It’s good to see everyone come together for a greater cause,” said Banks. “The campus is kind of divided, but when people are in need, I like how everyone comes together and works together to make something happen.”
According to Banks, there were a few other causes that the fraternity considered helping, but he is glad to be working on this project. “It’s important to me because it’s been about four years since the first account of lead in (Flint’s) water, and the problem is still not fixed,” said Banks.