The morning of a 5k, there’s usually a troop that shows up haphazardly in cars or on foot to collect their t-shirts and grind a trail beneath their heels. Everyone ends up right where they started, full circle, to eat a bagel and head home sweating and satisfied. Typical. Five kilometers isn’t really that far, after all—just a couple of slopes and then the finish line. If you blink, you might miss it. But Nate’s Run for Smiles isn’t like most 5ks. We name the 5k for Nate not only because the money we raise specifically funds a program in … Continue readingAlumni Post: Nate’s Run – More Than Just a 5K
This week, APO Gamma is counting down to Nate’s Run for Smiles! Nate’s Run for Smiles is Alpha Phi Omega’s 6th annual run was in memory of a Cornell Student, Nathaniel Rand, who tragically died in a swimming accident in the gorges in 2011. Nate was admired among his peers for his positive attitude and his ability to bring a smile to anyone’s face. For this reason, the proceeds from the run benefit the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), where Nate used to volunteer and spread his positivity among the patients. HOW DO I REGISTER? You can either pay with … Continue readingLooking Back: Nate’s Run for Smiles 2013
“Seeing so many people come out for the CHAM bookmark making event was super exciting! Everyone seemed to really enjoy creating the cute animal bookmarks, and when people remembered that all of them would be getting donated to CHAM after the event, everyone got that much more excited. I think this event was such a hit because it gave our rushees and brothers the opportunity to not only take care of some of the stress of a long week with arts and crafts, it also clearly demonstrated some of the clear impacts our chapter’s service projects are able to have” … Continue readingCountdown to Nate’s Run
I volunteered at the Healthy Food for All Fundraising Dinner on August 27. It took place in Trumansburg, which is about a half-hour drive from Ithaca, but it feels like a world away from the beauty and serenity of it. The dinner took place at the Remembrance Farm, a large farm nestled in the back of the town. The organization, Healthy Food For All, is a program of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, and seeks to provide low income families with accessible and fresh produce. The dinner that APO volunteered at was a fundraising dinner; local establishments donated … Continue readingHealthy Food For All: Remembrance Farm Dinner
When I think back on my time in Gamma and all the amazing service projects I had the opportunity of experiencing, I am quickly reminded of Reading Buddies at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School. This project focuses on engaging with local elementary students and helping them during their afterschool homework program. I have a passion for education and not only did this project allow me to further my experience within the education system, it also gave me the opportunity to directly service students in need on a weekly basis. Reading Buddies is more than just answering questions about math or … Continue readingAlumni Post: Looking Back at Reading Buddies
On August 26th, APO brothers visited Morningsong Community Farm in Ithaca as part of the BWSS Hunger Series. This month, APO is highlighting events that work to combat issues of hunger on campus and in the greater Ithaca community. APO met owner Todd Rose at his farm and spent an afternoon working on chicken yards and learning about the food donation networks in Tompkins County. Following is the blog post from Morningsong Community Service Farm: Many Thanks To Volunteers From Cornell Co-Ed Service Fraternity! August 28, 2017 Last Saturday, a wonderful group of nine students from Cornell’s chapter of … Continue readingService Learning at Morningsong Community Farm!
This past Saturday, we had the opportunity to represent the APO Gamma Chapter at the Root for Your Cause water pong tournament. The environment was the right mix of friendly competition and genuine appreciation. It also felt refreshing realizing that no matter what the outcome, the money was going to an organization that was helping others. The best feeling, however, was not winning some water pong tournament; it was knowing that we, as an organization, could do something so small yet so fun while making a meaningful difference for the Nate Rand Fund. – Sachin Pathangey & Ishan Sharma, Winners … Continue readingRoot For Your Cause
Ithaca is a vibrant place where values of liberalism, compassion and artistry reflect off from the innumerous murals located in the nooks and crannies of this city. One such painting is the Muslim Culture Mural in downtown Ithaca which is gradually coming to life with the support of the local community. On Sunday mornings, APO volunteers walk down to the Green Street parking garage and pick up paint brushes along with tiny four-year-old locals as well as wonderful seniors to send out a strong message of love and acceptance. Islamophobia has been on the rise in recent years and this … Continue readingMuslim Culture Mural: Portals to Peace