Fraternity builds bond with Corvallis community


Members of the Oregon State chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha donated the equivalent of 182,799 pounds of food to Community Outreach Inc. last year, an effort that has attracted local and national recognition.

Lambda Chi Alpha has a special relationship with Community Outreach, says Owen Jones, the fraternity’s vice president of philanthropy and a senior studying accounting. He first toured the Corvallis agency after joining Lambda Chi Alpha. With fellow members of the fraternity, Jones has participated in multiple service activities for the nonprofit organization, which has served the Mid-Willamette Valley’s homeless and poor since 1971.

“We have a diverse membership that comes to the table with a variety of perspectives, experiences and privileges,” Jones says. “Volunteering helps them bond with each other and find common ground. It opens their eyes to the daily struggles that Corvallis’ homeless community faces.”

Members of the public and community agencies interested in learning how to involve fraternities and sororities in service projects may contact Bob Kerr from the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life at or 541-737-3660.

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