Greek this Week: Philanthropic Phi Mu
Almost every Friday, about 10 to 12 girls in the Phi Mu, Phi Theta Chapter of Towson University go to the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House in Baltimore near Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The sorority’s philanthropy is the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (CMNH), according to Phi Mu member and Public Relations Chair Jenna Ferrone. The hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick children each year.
Four years ago, the Phi Mu chapter started volunteering at the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House. They cooked dinner for the families and their children. The families loved it so much that the Phi Theta chapter wanted to make it a weekly event, Ferrone said. Now the families look forward to the girls coming every week.
The sorority received a plaque from the Believe in Tomorrow head manager thanking them for all their hard work they put in at the house.
Ferrone said one of her favorite memories at the Believe in Tomorrow House was when four little girls wanted the Phi Mu girls to play games with them after they made them dinner.
“It is such a great hands on experience to see where the money we raise goes and to see the lives we impact on the families and kids,” Ferrone said.
The Phi Mu girls played foosball, board games and air hockey with the girls in a playroom downstairs. When the night came to an end, the girls said they were sad to see the sisters leave.
It made such an impact on Ferrone, who she said she cannot wait to go back to another dinner.
The Phi Mu chapter holds numerous events on and off campus throughout the year to spread awareness about for CMNH. All money raised from these events goes directly to their philanthropy. A big event for the Phi Theta chapter that is around the corner is TigerTHON, a 12-hour dance marathon that raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The chapter is partnered with Tau Kappa Epsilon, MD Pi Upsilon Chapter who has raised almost $10,000 this year so far.