2021 Habitat for Humanity

2021 Habitat for Humanity

The Alpha Gamma chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity is proud to be a partner with the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge for our 17th year.  Over the week of April 12, 2021, Pike chapter members and other Greeks worked to build 2 homes for the Prater and Leatherman families in Baton Rouge.   

The Pikes and Greek community raised over $100,000 this year to build the homes and provided the labor needed to complete the task in only 1 week.  This undertaking is a year long event with the chapter hosting multiple letter writing solicitations that each of our chapter members completes each year.  Pike has proudly sponsored this event that culminates in over 6000 hours of community service annually.  

During the past 15 years, the Pikes and LSU’s Greek Community have raised more than $2.3 million dollars and built 30 houses during the annual Greek Week Habitat Build in the spring. The LSU Greek Week Build was the first in the U.S. to partner a major university’s entire Greek community with a Habitat affiliate.  Since the first Greek Week Build in 2004, over 15,000 LSU fraternity and sorority members have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, donating over 50,000 hours of service. The Pikes and other Greeks work alongside the homeowner-partners to build the houses, learning firsthand about poverty, its effects, and the need for affordable housing. Overall, Pike has been instrumental in helping nearly 40 adults and 60 children find a safe, stable place to live.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge, is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The houses are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans. Habitat of Greater Baton Rouge was founded in 1989 and has built and renovated 353 homes in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Volunteers interested in helping with Habitat for Humanity projects or offering donations can call us at 927-6651 or visit http://www.habitatBR.org.

Joining Forces with Jacob Hester

Joining Forces with Jacob Hester

The Alpha Gamma Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha at LSU hosted an NFL Pro Day-themed philanthropic event March 6 at the LSU Recreation Center to raise funds for the Hester Sports Foundation. 

While following all COVID-19 policies in place by LSU, the chapter invited members from all sororities at LSU to compete in four events similar to those NFL prospects participate in on NFL Pro Day. The four events were a 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, 3-cone shuffle and broad jump. 

The chapter awarded four individual awards to the champion of each event and a chapter award for the sorority that had the most participants. Keeley Jones of Delta Gamma won three of the four events: broad jump, 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle. Claire Martin of Kappa Kappa Gamma tied with Jones in the 20-yard shuttle and Rachel Dupuy of Zeta Tau Alpha won the 40-yard dash.

Overall, 139 women participated in the event. Delta Gamma won the chapter award with 28 members participating in the Pro Day. 

Jacob Hester, Craig Ponamsky and LSU football players Andre Anthony, Damone Clark, Ali Gaye and B.J. Ojulari attended the Pro Day. They helped by demonstrating the skill, supervising the participants for safety, timing, recording and officiating each event. 

“I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon,” Ojulari said. 

The Alpha Gamma chapter raised $10,000 for the Hester Sports Foundation by the end of the COVID-19 restricted event.  The chapter presented the check to Hester and the champion trophies to the winners on March 15 before a chapter meeting.

“PIKE strives to associate the chapter with successful brands and people that embody the same ideals we support,” Alpha Gamma President Casey Harless said. “Jacob Hester is an LSU football icon and we are excited to partner with him for many more events in the future.”

The Hester Sports Foundation works to help underfunded schools buy proper sports equipment in the Baton Rouge area. The foundation helps buy sporting goods and pay fees to join youth leagues. Visit jacobhester.com for more information about Hester and his mission with the Hester Sports Foundation.
Any groups wishing to sponsor this event next year can contact the chapter at pkaagpres@gmail.com to discuss associating with this event to raise money in 2022 when there are no limits to participation rates. 

Giving Back after Hurricane Laura Damage

Giving Back after Hurricane Laura Damage

The global pandemic is not the only challenge that we have had to face this year in Louisiana. 

In August 2020, Hurricane Laura hit Louisiana. Hurricane Laura has been  one of the strongest hurricanes to make landfall in Louisiana. Only a week after school began, members of the LSU community struggled to make ends meet as their homes were ripped away from them by a deadly hurricane. 

In response to the damage, the LSU PIKE chapter stepped up and contributed to many efforts to help our brothers and neighbors recover from this hurricane. Although the hurricane did not greatly affect the LSU Baton Rouge area, the hurricane destroyed Southwest Louisiana.

In the weeks following the hurricane, we did as much as we could to help the community. We held a donation drive of supplies that members of the Southwest Louisiana area needed. From the drive, we gathered over $400 of supplies to donate. 

Following the donation drive, we donated $1,500 toward disaster relief in Louisiana. 

Lastly, our members traveled to the Lake Charles area to help members of the community clean up debris and the impact of the hurricane. We witnessed first-hand the damage Hurricane Laura did to Lake Charles. 

Southwest Louisiana is still suffering from the damage of Hurricane Laura, and if you would like to donate to their relief efforts, please head to the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana website. No contribution is too small. 

Flu Shot Drive

Flu Shot Drive

COVID-19 pandemic which ravaged the world in 2020. The Coronavirus has surpassed over 32 million cases while killing nearly 600,000 Americans alone. During this time, hospitals were drastically exceeding the number of rooms and doctors available for patients. This led to mayhem inside of hospitals throughout the nation. To make matters worse, the flu season was upon us.

The flu and COVID-19 present roughly the same symptoms, yet both could be caught simultaneously and prove to be fatal. The CDC urged the general public to get their flu shot to reduce further risk of death. Furthermore, getting a flu shot would save a flu-related emergency room visit which in turn could be used for COVID patients. This was undoubtedly the most important flu shot ever. 

The Alpha Gamma chapter recognized this and quickly took initiative. In November of 2020, they partnered with the LSU Student Health Center to administer flu shots at the chapter house. In addition to most members many guests turned out for a flu shot. Everyone could be seen having a good time with their fellow guests, brothers and nurses.

Anyone who got a flu shot received apparel from the Student Health Center and protection from the flu. The nurses told members that they loved coming out as this was the best they were treated. The Alpha Gamma chapter exhibited leadership as no other Greek life organization on campus has ever hosted a flu shot event.