JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Before they officially join an Arkansas State sorority, new students volunteered across Region 8.
More than 350 women, most preparing to go through sorority recruitment at A-State, got their hands dirty Monday.
They volunteered at 18 different locations across Region 8 including City Youth Ministries, St. Bernards Villa, United Way, Focus, Inc, Animal Control, The Learning Center, Mission Outreach, ASU Food Pantry, and Valley View Pre-K.
"This entire effort is student driven and executed, so to me, it really serves as evidence of the benefit that fraternities and sororities bring to the communities that they're in," said Alexis Hurdle, assistant dean of Greek Life at A-State.
Groups at City Youth Ministries helped deep clean classrooms and buses.
The women at St. Bernards Villa learned what happens at the facility and wrote letters for residents.
Meghan Warford, vice president of Recruitment, said she hopes this service project shows what Greek life is really about.
"Sometimes they have a negative image of what we are all about, and really what it's all about is working together, building better leaders, and hopefully shaping the community as a whole, and hopefully these women understand that after today," Warford said.
Hurdle said they hope this plugs new students into the community.
"Service is one of the foundational values of fraternities and sororities, and so our hope in doing this today is first and foremost to introduce these young women to this value of service before they even join a sorority," Hurdle said.
Sorority recruitment kicks off Wednesday at A-State, and after Monday Warford hopes the 330 women going through recruitment are ready to fully commit to the community.
"I hope they learn the purpose of all these different places, kind of to see where the opportunities are in the community, where the needs are in the community," Warford said.
Bid day is set for Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Arkansas State Student Union.
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