Big Brothers Big Sisters
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. They develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of these young people.
In August of 2013, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity (SigEp) selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as the Fraternity’s single national philanthropic and service-learning partner. SigEp’s own Cardinal Principles of Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love align with Big Brothers Big Sisters’ core principles of mentorship, trust, and impact of positive role models. Big Brothers Big Sisters also has an agency within 40 miles of nearly every SigEp chapter, giving more than 15,000 undergraduate SigEp members the opportunity to make a positive influence in the lives of young people through this partnership.
We take pride in serving our community. In particular, we support our fellow student groups through co-sponsored philanthropic events. Sigma Phi Epsilon NY Phi has a strong tradition of commitment to service. Our chapter worked with the Columbia administration to begin the Columbia Community Outreach program (CCO), now a major annual service event for the entire undergraduate community incorporating dozens of projects throughout the city.
Relay for Life is a day of community activities and games dedicated to funding cancer research. Our chapter regularly participates: in April 2012, we partnered with the sisters of Delta Gamma to raise over $5000. In addition to the above, we work on philanthropic endeavors throughout the year. In the last academic year, we supported Engineers Without Borders, several New York area pre-schools, New York Cares, the Hunger Project, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Alpha Standards are a new initiative instituted by the university to uphold and promote community standards of philanthropy, service, and fraternal development. Our ongoing recognition on campus as a fraternity depends on our meeting or exceeding the minimum requirements laid out by these standards.
As a chapter, Sigma Phi Epsilon NY Phi must raise a minimum of $60 per member each year. With 83 members, that means an annual commitment of nearly $5000: we take pride as a chapter in raising substantially more than the bare minimum.In addition, the chapter must complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service per member per year. We must commit over 1600 hours of service, a standard we also surpass.
Finally, there are requirements to organize and attend community service projects as a group, with 60% of more of brothers present. As a brotherhood, this has never presented a problem for NY Phi.