Trine’s Acacia fraternity focuses philanthropy efforts on local community

While community service is an integral park of Greek life at Trine University, the university’s Acacia fraternity has made an extra effort to positively impact the city of Angola this year. 

“We really decided to take a step back and see what we could do better,” said Rex Chapman-Shadik, philanthropy chair for Acacia.

The fraternity’s annual Acacia Claus raised nearly $1,500 this year to purchase toys for children at Cameron Memorial Community Hospital. Livestreamed video games, activities with alumni and actives and community outreach all played a part in the effort.

This year, the organization also added Acacia Cares, which has raised nearly $400 so far to purchase school supplies for more than 50 students at Carlin Park Elementary School. Area businesses, including Healthies and Five Lakes Coffee, have allowed Acacia to place collection jars to help raise funds.

“We believe no kids should have to go without due to finances,” said Chapman-Shadik.

Fraternity brothers also have stepped up their volunteer efforts, with all members providing at least 12 hours of community service this year and several providing more than 15. Brothers have volunteered at Pokagon State Park, including helping with setup and take-down of Pokagon’s Lantern-Lit Walk, as well as at the Community Humane Shelter of Steuben County.

Acacia brothers have volunteered at community events including Carlin Park’s daddy/daughter dance, the Angola Parks and Recreation Easter Egg Hunt, and Trine University’s Career Fair. They also have helped clean up yards for several local seniors.

“We really wanted to have a community emphasis this year and help build up the city of Angola,” Chapman-Shadik said.

Top photo: From left, Austin Baumgardner, Jake Akers, Rex Chapman-Shadik and Charles Alvarado, brothers in Trine University's Acacia fraternity, assisted at Pokagon State Park's Lantern-Lit Walk.

  • Easter Egg

    Easter Egg - From left, Jake Akers, Kyle Cloud and Charles Alvarado, brothers in Trine University's Acacia fraternity, set up a corn hole game at the Angola Parks and Recreation Easter Egg Hunt.

  • School Supplies

    School Supplies - Trine University's Acacia fraternity has raised nearly $400 so far this year to purchase school supplies for students at Carlin Park Elementary School in Angola.

  • Shopping

    Shopping - From left, Rex Chapman-Shadik, Jake Akers, Matthew Billings, and Austin Baumgardner, brothers at Trine University's Acacia fraternity, shop for school supplies for students at Carlin Park Elementary School in Angola.

Last Updated: 04/21/2022