Community Spotlight: Tarleton State University

A simple act of kindness can go a long way. The men of the Phi-Rho chapter at Tarleton State University have been offering their assistance in the surrounding community at an incredibly tough time to help make a difference.

When Texas was hit with one of the worst snowstorms the state had seen in a long time, many families and individuals were left without power and water. City workers became overwhelmed with the efforts of house call after house call to restore power and water, including those around Tarleton State in Stephenville.

The men of the Phi-Rho chapter knew that their duty was to the town that hosts their institution and were ready to help in any way possible. At the suggestion of their philanthropy chair, Daniel Mendoza, the men contacted the city workers to see what they could do. Because city workers’ time was stretched thin, Brothers were put in charge of passing out cases of water to those in need.

For an entire week, members spent their time getting to know the people in their community at a COVID-19 vaccination center that was being utilized for supply distribution and saw how their donation of time caused positive change.

“Seeing the people smiling and asking us what we were a part of was the best part,” said Ragan Wood, High Alpha of the Phi-Rho chapter. “It was funny because people were trying to give us tips, and we had to say this was all about helping the community!”

Hailing from Stephenville, Wood could not have been prouder of his Brothers for their eagerness to lend a helping hand in his hometown and the way in which he was able to give back to those who have supported him throughout his life.

“I grew up in Stephenville, so I’m giving back to what was given to me,” said Wood. “I grew up here, so I have a special place in my heart for Stephenville.

“So, giving back to the community is above and beyond for me, I love it.”

The men were honored at a city hall meeting with a certificate of appreciation for their dedication to the city.

In future months, Wood is looking forward to many more service projects to continue helping out in any way they can. Mendoza has worked extremely hard to keep the men engaged with different initiatives and drive home the idea that a man of Lambda Chi serves those around him, first and foremost.

“It’s one thing to be here for school, but it’s another thing to do well at school and build a presence in the community and help out as well,” said Wood.

Throughout the rest of the spring semester, Wood is excited to see how his men continue to find new ways to help and challenge the stereotype of fraternities. For these men, community comes first, and they will work to do what they can to create a culture of caring.

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