On most Saturday mornings, our members enjoy volunteering at Buddy Ball in Altamonte Springs. Buddy Ball is a program designed for players with special needs- our members help the players hit, throw, and enjoy the game of baseball. Our favorite part about this ongoing volunteer event is our ability to develop relationships with different players. Click the photo to visit the Buddy Ball website for more information.
We attend UCF Relay for Life annually to show our support for cancer awareness and the American Cancer Society! As a team, we have at least one member walking the track at all times during the night to show that cancer never sleeps. The 2019 Relay for Life theme was Knightflix and Chill. Naturally, Phi Delta Epsilon chose a medical drama and used fruit punch blood bags as one of our main fundraisers.
On Wednesday evenings we don’t have chapter, our members gather in our chapter room for a low-key volunteering event in which we pack lunches for children that cannot afford their own. Each member provides an element of the lunch (bags, snacks, bread, etc.).
Starting Spring 2019, our chapter implemented volunteering at Shepherd’s Hope as a volunteer opportunity. Shepherd’s Hope volunteer coordinators came to campus to provide a special orientation for our members and another club on campus. Following orientation, our members are able to volunteer at a free clinic serving the Orlando area. This aims to incentivize clinical volunteering, a crucial aspect of the medical school application.
To balance clinical volunteering, our chapter also allows for volunteer event fulfillment from Camp Boggy Creek, a camp for families and children with medical conditions. This is a weekend long commitment and provides up to 24 volunteering hours in a single weekend. As a Camp Boggy Creek volunteer, you are paired with a family, activity or outdoor event.
For the Fall 2019 Semester we have added two additional volunteering opportunities for our members! Child Life Party takes place at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and involves our members doing craft projects with children from the hospital. Baking Buddies is located near the Arnold Palmer Hospital at the Ronald McDonald House. Our members will bake for the families staying at the house.