Purdue Pi Kapps take their community service seriously.
On Oct. 29, 2018, a total of 20 brothers volunteered their time with their Arctoberfest, a costume-themed Halloween party, hosted with the Arc of Tippecanoe. The Arc is a national organization with a local chapter that assists adults with disabilities.
For nearly two hours, chapter members partied with 60 others gathered at a local bowling alley. The fraternity-Arc Arctoberfest, established in 2011, is the most anticipated event of the year for the special needs clients and their families.
It included dancing, snacks and awards for various categories of client costumes.
“It’s rewarding to be able to host the annual Halloween party each fall with the Arc,” said Matt Zelinski, the fraternity’s Ability Experience chairman. “It’s a great way for guys in our chapter to connect with people in the greater Lafayette community.
“Seeing all the members of the Arc enjoy spending time with our guys is an uplifting experience,” he said.
Assisting with the party is consistent the fraternity’s outreach to those with special needs through the Ability Experience (www.abilityexperience.org). Throughout the year, fraternity members raise money for the cause and give of themselves. A portion of that annual fund-raising goes toward local agencies.
The next fraternity community event will be a check presentation on Nov. 12 at the Lafayette School Board meeting. In the last school year, as part of grants given by the national Ability Experience philanthropic effort, the chapter has been able to award the special needs classes at Lafayette Jefferson High School $11,500.