March 5, 2010: Clemson, S.C.—Epsilon Nu chapter at Clemson recently stepped up to help Haiti rebuild after the devastating earthquake that hit the country earlier this year. The group collected donations to raise more than $1,000 for the Salvation Army’s Haiti fund.

Ross Wafer, Clemson AM, who experienced Hurricane Katrina in his hometown of New Orleans, helped move the fundraiser forward. He said the situation in Haiti reminded him of his city’s struggle to move on after the hurricane.

“I witnessed firsthand how meaningful it is to see the amount of help people are willing to give, even from really far away,” he said. “Having been on the receiving end of aid from various places, it felt good to have a chance to give back.”

The chapter’s three-part plan for raising money included collecting donations from local businesses and on campus, and holding a social event centered around Haiti relief efforts. Although some members thought the chapter’s initial goal of raising $1,000 was a stretch, the group reached its goal with room to spare.

“When we reached our goal,” said Philanthropy Chair Mike Geraghty, Clemson ’09, said, “Everyone was overwhelmed with a sense of accomplishment, along with the feelings that go along with knowing you helped people that need it.”