From left, Austin Baumgardner, Jake Akers, Rex Chapman-Shadik and Charles Alvarado, brothers in Trine University's Acacia fraternity, assisted at Pokagon State Park's Lantern-Lit Walk.

While community service is an integral park of Greek life at Trine University, the university’s Acacia fraternity has made an extra effort to positively impact the city of Angola this year. 

“We really decided to take a step back and see what we could do better,” said Rex Chapman-Shadik, philanthropy chair for Acacia.

The fraternity’s annual Acacia Claus raised nearly $1,500 this year to purchase toys for children at Cameron Memorial Community Hospital. Livestreamed video games, activities with alumni and actives and community outreach all played a part in the effort.

This year, the organization also added Acacia Cares, which has raised nearly $400 so far to purchase school supplies for more than 50 students at Carlin Park Elementary School. Area businesses, including Healthies and Five Lakes Coffee, have allowed Acacia to place collection jars to help raise funds.