Alpha Sigma Phi, a social fraternity at Ohio Northern, recently held a philanthropic event to raise money and awareness for addiction. Students were invited out to their fraternity house on Fraternity Circle where brothers served several different types of smoothies to the campus community. All proceeds went to one of their many associated philanthropic organizations.

Brothers Lucas McClaskie (left) and Cooper O’Neal (right) take orders and distribute hand sanitizers to customers. Students were able to purchase smoothies with the funds going Shaterproof, an organization dedicated to helping those who are battling addiction. (Jacob Stiger/ Northern Review Photo)

This event was dedicated to Shatterproof, a non-profit organization that works towards reversing the addiction crisis in the United States. According to Shatterproof’s website they, “ help reduce the stigma of addiction, improve treatment quality and access, and save lives.” They offer many resources to aid people in their personal struggles with opiate and medication addictions, as well as to combat the growing opiate crisis in the United States.

When asked about his feelings about the organization, Tyler Williams, the Vice President of Service and Philanthropy for Alpha Sigma Phi, said “We realize that with COVID people are unable to battle addiction properly, so we felt that it is important to spread the word that Shatterproof and many other organizations out there to help with the addiction crisis.”

Tyler and his brothers ensured that their event aligned properly with the COVID-19 guidelines provided by the University. Ingredients were handled properly to ensure that contamination was not an issue and proper masking and social distancing were applied at all times.

Trevor Rice is the president of Alpha Sigma Phi and he spoke on why philanthropy is important to his chapter and himself. He said, “Shatterproof helps those in need by helping to end the stigma against addiction, informing those who don’t know much about the addiction crisis, advocating for change and also transforming addiction treatment into high quality treatment.”

Alpha Sigma Phi and many other Greek organizations hold philanthropy events throughout the school year not only for the campus community and the students, but to raise money and awareness for their respective organizations.

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