Rowan fraternity reaches out to help disabled in community

Rowan fraternity reaches out to help disabled in community

Fraternity brothers at Rowan University are reaching out to a community nonprofit facility that houses about 40 disabled residents.

The brothers of Omicron-Iota chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) are adopting the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America facility on South Main Street. Not every resident has MS, but all require specialized services for the handicapped. Most of the residents are unable to participate in everyday community activities, the brothers say, and some rarely associate with the outside world.

"This adoption gives the members of our fraternity the opportunity to live our ideals and values on a daily basis," said Eugene Dunne, president of the TKE (pronounced teek) chapter. "We are equally committed to the advancement and development of the town, just as much as the university is."

TKE is putting together a plan that will take brothers to the facility on a monthly basis to hold game nights, do some planting and beautification around the exterior of the building, and conduct several fundraisers to collect enough money to take the residents on two or more field trips next year. Field trips for the MSAA residents require at least two handicapped/ambulatory access buses which cost around $1000 to rent.

The fraternity was matched up with the MSAA by the Glassboro Economic Development Council, which is working with several student groups on community-based volunteer efforts.

Along with TKE, the Greek Life group composed of all fraternity and sorority officers plans to work with the borough development council and the Main Street Glassboro organization to keep the planters in the downtown district filled all year.

"We have many projects going on through Economic Development and Main Street Glassboro, but our volunteer base is limited," said Mayor Leo McCabe. "Having the Rowan students work together with local organizations really will make a difference on how much more we can get done."

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Date Published: Saturday, December 16, 2006 (All day)