LSU Greeks are known for their philanthropy and helping families who may be less fortunate, especially those in the Baton Rouge community. Among the many opportunities LSU Greeks have to service their community, Greek Week is one of the biggest events of the year where students can become involved.
“Greek Week is a blitz-filled week for the Greek community,” said Grant Pearson, director of Greek Week. “We partner with Habitat for Humanities to build two homes for two deserving families in the Baton Rouge community.”
Since partnering with Habitat for Humanities, LSU has raised nearly $1 million and built 20 homes for the cause, according to Pearson. He explained that this event is meant to bring every Greek organization together to give back to the community.
“It’s for all three councils, so we’re coming together. It’s for IFC, NPHC, and PHC,” he says.
Pearson shared his experience with previous Greek Week events and says it is an experience that he values.
“It is an unbelievable experience,” said Pearson. “The homeowners who you are building the house for and their families are out there, so you’re getting to build the house with them, and they are always so thankful and so nice. It really is just an awarding experience.”
Pearson explained that Greek Week is an important event for the LSU community and said LSU’s Greek week is unique compared to other universities across the nation.
“Well, Greek Week throughout the country is a common thing,” he said. “Greek Week is done at almost every school and at most schools it’s just…they play games, they have a bunch of different competitions between the fraternities and sororities but for [LSU] – in 2005, a group of students said, “We want to do something different, we don’t want to be like everybody else, and that’s when we started the partnership with Habitat for Humanities, and it has just grown since then.”
Pearson describes the event as a “staple” explaining that this event not only benefits the community, but also allows students from different organizations to come together and make a difference. Pearson says that events like Greek Week are a great way for LSU Greeks to set an example for other students. And besides the fact that students are doing something charitable for their community, Pearson also says one of the benefits of getting involved in Greek Week is making new friends.
“I remember my first year doing it; I met somebody because they [partnered] me with a guy to start cutting boards on the sawhorse. He was in a completely different fraternity. So, yeah, you make the kind of friends that you don’t usually meet. You’re not put with your fraternity.”
He continues saying that it is a good experience, especially for freshman because working with others can build relationships with others outside of their own chapters.
Greek Week is set to kick off April 2-9 when the building of the event’s 21st and 22nd home will be underway. Registration is now open for fraternities and sororities. For more information on the event or how to register, visit students.lsu.edu/gbod/greek-week.