The Ohio Lambda Chapter of Pi Beta Phi was awarded the Connection to Community Award from the Greek community as a result of its philanthropic efforts with the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank.
The award recognizes a group that has a built and sustained an outstanding relationship with a service site and/or philanthropic organization.
Members of the Interfraternity Congress (IFC), Panhellenic Council (PHC) and Greek Life office staff choose the recipient of the annual award.
Judy Payne, co-founder and executive director of the Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank, attended a Nov. 7 event to present Pi Beta Phi with the award.
In her remarks, she stated: “They understand the importance of book ownership to academic and lifetime success. What’s more, they’ve not only volunteered to sort books at the book bank but recruited others to do the same. On top of that, they made a much needed financial contribution—making them a partner in every way.”
Julia Stella, vice president of philanthropy for the chapter commented: “We were so touched when Judy came out to present us with the award. Our chapter has been working with the organization for about a year now, and it is our favorite service site. It’s been very neat to watch the Book Bank grow while getting to do service that directly influences literacy, our national philanthropic cause.”
The Greek Life office, IFC and PHC are proud of the collective work of the Greek community in the pillar of citizenship. This academic year, the community is working toward completing its goal of 2 million minutes of community service.