Louisiana State University fraternity chapters provided service in the aftermath of the recent hurricane:
Alpha Tau Omega
“We are sending 10-15 men this weekend. One team is partnering with BRQ restaurant to help serve meals provided by BRQ. The other team is partnering with Westlake Baptist church and doing various clean up and donation handout projects. We are collecting donations from ATO EZ alumni and directly donating it to a relief foundation. All of this will take place in the Sulphur area.”
James “Noah” Harper, President, LSU Alpha Tau Omega
“Our chapter has put together a GoFundMe to raise money donated to Salvation Army. Salvation Army aids in disaster relief efforts just like this. The money specifically is sent to the regional office for the Salvation Army that helps with Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.”
Cameron Pelitere, President, LSU Delta Chi
Kappa Alpha Order
“Our chapter is making an effort to help out the people of Lake Charles that were devastated by Hurricane Laura. In our effort, we are sending around 40 members down to Lake Charles to help with clean up. In this clean up, we will be moving limbs and debris, as well as assisting locals with any help they might need. We are also raising funds for hurricane relief, which will be donated to United Way SWLA (Southwest Louisiana). United Way SWLA will distribute our donation to those in need in Lake Charles. We have a google sign up for members that will be joining us on Saturday for clean up, so we will have our final numbers tomorrow around 5 PM. All accompanying members will meet up at our house Saturday, around 8:30 AM and we will caravan down to Lake Charles. As far as locations, we have a member whose family needs some help on their land, as well as another member who has reached out to his church and acquired a list of people in Lake Charles that need helping hands for clearing their property (list attached). We look forward to getting down there and giving those affected the help they need.”
Robert “Trey” Menuet, President, LSU Kappa Alpha Order
Phi Kappa Psi
“Our initial goal was to help as many residents as possible. 5 of us went on Sunday to deliver water, tarps, and generators to residents in need. On Wednesday, 15 members went to donate more waters, tarps, and cleaning supplies as well as collaborated with Fat Boys pizza to cook and give out pizzas on the National Guard headquarters. We saw how much help the people needed so we combined our resources and created a GoFundMe. We are approaching $5000 that we plan to donate to various relief efforts stationed in Lake Charles.”
Matthew McMahon, President, LSU Phi Kappa Psi
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
“Sigma Alpha Epsilon has decided to organize a supply drive to benefit victims of Hurricane Laura. The chapter is asking that any potential donors please bring the following items (listed on the flyer) to the SAE house (3743 W Lakeshore Dr) before Monday, September 7th. The chapter will be delivering these goods to Lake Charles on Tuesday the 8th.
Two brothers will be personally driving the goods to Lake Charles on Tuesday in a truck. We had a possible recipient lined up but they said there were other centers more in need. Currently exploring which exact charity shall receive these items.
The members will drop it off and then return to BR. The chapter does not plan to host a work day in lake Charles.”
Richard Holcomb Rolader, President, LSU Sigma Alpha Epsilon
“Sigma Chi will be instituting a fundraiser to benefit Southwest Louisiana. Throughout the month of September, we will challenge Sigma Chi nationally to match our efforts. All money raised will be sent to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, who will then redirect the funds to provide relief to those in need. We plan to have organized work days in Lake Charles sometime within the next two weeks.
Sigma Chi also teamed up with Cajun Army, Cajun Cooks, and the Hope Methodist Church for disaster relief and was able to assist in donating a 400 lb. ice machine.”
Oscar Scruggins, President, LSU Sigma Chi
This Saturday, two groups of brothers and new members of the Phi chapter went to Lake Charles and Sulphur to help clean up and distribute supplies in the wake of Hurricane Laura. We are very proud of our members that went to help and are glad we could help out affected areas. If you would still like to contribute to helping out Lake Charles, click the link in our bio to donate.
Scot McKenzie, President, LSU Sigma Nu
Sigma Phi Epsilon
“The past two weekends the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon have traveled to Lake Charles on Friday and Saturday to participate in relief efforts for local families. Last weekend alone, 28 brothers went neighborhood to neighborhood cutting downed trees, raking yards, clearing debris, and helping however they could. In addition, the LA Beta chapter of SigEp has actively promoted the Red Cross relief donation platform across all social media, helping raise funds for the affected region.”
Matthew Johnson, President, LSU Sigma Phi Epsilon
Tau Kappa Epsilon
“Tau Kappa Epsilon is hosting a supply drop at the TKE house Friday, September 4 (tomorrow) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. We are collecting cases of water, food, and cleaning supplies such as bleach, trash bags, mops, etc. TKE has raised over $1,500 in Venmo donations that is going directly to purchasing supplies for clean up and to families in financial need due to hurricane Laura’s destruction.
On Saturday, September 5, about 25 TKE members are loading up supplies from Friday’s supply drop on trailers and trucks, along with yard tools and tarps, and driving to the Holmwood area of Lake Charles. Once there, TKE members will pass out supplies to the neighbors in need and help them clean up their houses. TKE Members will return Sunday if needed to bring more supplies and finish projects started the day before.”
Ben Baumgardner, President, LSU Tau Kappa Epsilon