Campus & Community

Greek Life yard sale benefits homeless youth

DU fraternities and sororities started their spring cleaning early, and instead of throwing out old items with the trash, they gave back. On April 18, frat brothers and sisters gathered their clothes, housewares and used electronics for one big yard sale as part of Greek Week.

They sold hundreds of items for less than $10 and raised more than $500 for The Spot, a drop-in urban youth center run by Urban Peak in Denver. Urban Peak helps young people overcome homelessness. Unsold items were donated to the Arc of Colorado,which serves people with developmental disabilities.

Every year Greek Life hosts a philanthropic event. This year’s yard sale fit in with the University’s environmental and community efforts to recycle, reuse and donate.

“We chose The Spot because we wanted to help individuals in our age group. We can better relate to them,” says Lalu Abebe, Greek Week co-chair. “We also wanted to tie into the initiatives the City [of Denver] and DU are currently undertaking.”

The event not only provided an opportunity for Greek Life to give back to the community but also to show there is more to fraternities and sororities than partying, Abebe explains.

“We want to break down stereotypes and make people aware that Greek Life is community oriented,” Abebe says.

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