Boise State programs participate in community services

The Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity (TKE) just finished their Teke Week event-a week-long fundraiser and competition between fraternities to raise money for St. Jude Children’s  Research Hospital.

This year the final amount raised for St. Jude was $1,400.

“For Teke Week we had a committee of about 20 guys that worked on putting it all together.  We had an average of 25 guys at each event and around 100 ladies,” said Boise State junior and TKE member, Daniel Taghdiri.

Not only did Teke Week raise money for a greater cause but it also donated time to benefit the local Boys and Girls Club.

“They brought about 100 kids to the SUB and we had blow-up obstacle courses, a  jump house and slide.”

We had ladies painting faces. And we played soccer.  After that each of the sororities had prepared games to play with the kids,”
Taghdiri said.

TKE organized Teke Week as an original fundraising idea and it had a very successful first run. For other organizations, service projects or events have almost become a tradition.

The Boise State Honors College is a great example of this.  Each year Honors students contribute between 750 and 1,000 hours to the greater community.

“The kinds of service projects we do are geared towards donating time, because our students have time to contribute,” said Honors College Activities Coordinator Chris Hyer. “The average attendance at events is about 20 students which makes it possible to do events year after year,”

The events for the fall include volunteering at the Table Rock Cleanup, Barber to Boise and City of Trees races, Rake Up Boise and  Adopt-a-Family.

“Our target is the local community because there is a direct impact,” Hyer said.

It is clear that Boise State organizations and groups give back to the community and for every individual there is a different reason.

Some do it for the feeling of accomplishment.

“For me it is helping others. It is nice to see the smiles. I also like hard work because I feel extremely accomplished when it is over,” said TKE member Jim Kemp.

For others there is a larger goal in mind: Considering the well-being of everyone involved.

“The best part for me is when people stop thinking about themselves all the time and start to realize that our collaborative happiness and well being is much more satisfying than anything else and the whole thing grows exponentially,” Tagdhiri said.

Last but not least, it is important to have a good time and enjoy lending a helpful hand.

“The service is a part of the Honors College experience, part of creating a well-rounded student and we have a lot of fun doing it,” Hyer said.

About the author  ⁄ Hali Goodrich