BU’s Kappa Sigma gives back to the community

For immediate release: Dec. 13, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — The 28 members of Kappa Sigma fraternity’s Omicron Psi Chapter at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania take community service very seriously.

Since the local chapter’s founding in April 2005, the brothers have volunteered with Bloomsburg’s annual Tree Fest, the Cancer Walk and fundraising events for the EOS Riding Center. For the past two years, they’ve participated in BU’s Bocce Bash, sponsored by the Student Council for Exception Children. They were recognized last spring for tallying more than 300 hours of community service.
This fall, however, the group took community service to the next level, getting involved in major holiday projects – the Giving Tree, a project of BU’s SOLVE volunteer office; the local Toys for Tots campaign; and a special fraternity-sponsored effort to provide a car for a local person who lacked transportation.

Kris Svensson, a junior business administration/management major from Stroudsburg who serves as Kappa Sigma’s vice president, said the holiday efforts began this fall with the Giving Tree. A local 11-year-old asked for basic items: a body pillow, barrettes, pants, shirts and full-size bed sheets. The brothers filled her wishes, then decided to add one more gift, a new bicycle.

Rather than stop with gifts for just one child, Svensson said the brothers next decided to gather playthings for Toys for Tots. Combining individual donations and funds collected through the fraternity, the group collected 37 toys, including basketballs and footballs, to be distributed through the local Toys for Tots efforts.

Then the group learned of a local woman who needed basic transportation after her car broke down and she lost one of her two jobs. Thanks to the efforts of a fraternity brother who works at his father’s auto dealership, the group obtained a mechanically sound, 1992 Ford Tempo with 60,000 original miles. The car passed Pennsylvania state inspection, Svensson said and, after a new paint job, was given to the local woman.

“We have a good group of brothers,” Svensson said. “We try to stay active in the community.”

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.