Philanthropy is a key element in the Pi Phi chapter at Colorado School of Mines. Our chapter placed 8th in the Nation out of all of the other Pi Beta Phi chapters as a Top Pi Beta Phi Foundation contributor. The Pi Beta Phi Foundation supports literacy! Our chapter has placed in the top ten for the last three consecutive years. In addition to our hosted Philanthropy Events to benefit literacy, there are many smaller philanthropic efforts throughout the school year that we participate in.
Day Out With Thomas
Each fall, our members participate in the Thomas the Tank program, which is held for kids at the local railroad museum. We volunteer to sell balloons, perform crowd control for Thomas the Tank Engine Train Ride and Sir Topham Hatt Meet and Greet, and read books to children.
Also, we welcome children onto our campus and into our home for Nightmare on Greek Street, which is a Halloween themed Greek-wide service event. Local children are led by the sorority women through all seven fraternities, which are transformed into exciting haunted houses. Parents can enjoy hot chocolate knowing that their children are safe and having a spooktacular time!
Pi Beta Phi Polar Plunge
In the late fall when weather cools down and snow starts to fall, members of our chapter gathered on the banks of Clear Creek to participate in the Pi Phi Polar Plunge, where people made donations to watch members of our chapter, other students, and even faculty jump into the frigid water. This event was an extremely fun and successful way to raise money for Pi Beta Phi Foundation. It was a great way to involve the entire Mines campus in the support one of our cherished philanthropies. At this event, we were able to raise over $4200 for literacy!
Pi Beta Phi Chili Cook-off
In the spring Pi Beta Phi host's a Chili Cook-off. Anyone from the campus can enter a chili recipe and awards were given out for the best recipes. The cook-off raised $2500 for literacy!