Philanthropy and community service are a big part of what being in a fraternity is all about, whether the mainstream media chooses to believe it or not. All across the nation, there are chapters and colonies that invest time and money into projects to better the lives of others. One such organization is the Phi Kappa Psi colony at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
After coming across a local homeless man at a Sonic, president Taylor Reed and his brothers were inspired to take action. They began scheduling meals with homeless men and women throughout the community. That, however, was not enough.
”Me and my brothers were like, ‘we want to do something about this,’” said Reed, and Foundations for Tomorrow was born.
The organization aims to provide housing for homeless veterans in the Huntsville area. The plan is to build a community of small mobile homes–less than 500 square feet each–with amenities such as a community center, a garden, and weekly communal meals. Because of their size, just one acre of land is enough to comfortably hold 30 of the small homes.
Though the project is in its infancy, it’s already off to a great start. The Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy generously offered to install solar panels on the roofs of the houses, eliminating electrical costs. Additionally, the Housing Authority of Huntsville is cooperating with the project and is working to find a good location for the community to be built.
I know there are chapters out there that hold huge philanthropy events every year, but for a colony that’s been on campus for less than a year, you have to admit that this is impressive. Bravo, guys.
More information about the project, including ways to help, can be found HERE..