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Kappa Sigma helps SCAN
Brothers contribute over 600 hours
April 13, 2010--Work by Trine University’s Theta Xi chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity will protect area children from abuse.
Over the past nine months, Trine Kappa Sigma men donated over 600 hours to help Stop Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) in Fort Wayne with a variety of projects. SCAN Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of eliminating child abuse and neglect of through family services, education and community partnerships. SCAN Region 4 serves Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley counties.
The fraternity chose SCAN as its focus for philanthropic work that impacts the community. The Trine students are busy renovating a building at State and Beacon streets donated to SCAN by Parkview Health Systems. Dubbed SCAN Beacon, it serves as a center for court-ordered child intervention services.
The students have completed dozens of jobs, according to SCAN’s newsletter, Together. Among them are loading and moving over 30,000 children’s books at SCAN’s Read To Me headquarters; building shelves and storage space for the books; demolishing and removing counter tops, sinks, paneling, shelves and hardware to remodel offices; repairing and removing wallpaper from walls in order to tape, sand and paint them; replacing ceiling tiles and improving lighting throughout the offices; and repairing doors and other features through the SCAN Beacon complex.
“The long hours and dedication these young men have shown to SCAN have not only helped the agency provide better service to children and families in our community, they have saved the agency thousands of dollars in construction costs,” said SCAN communication director Stephanie Jentgen.
Kappa Sigma fraternity was founded at the University of Virginia on Dec. 10, 1869. With over 250,000 initiates, it is one of the world’s largest. Members pride themselves on building brothers who are strong in character, wisdom and life, said Dr. Don Kreitzer, Theta Xi chapter adviser and associate professor of leadership and management in the Ketner School of Business.