Recently, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady received a $20,000 grant, with the help of Union’s Alpha Pi chapter of the Chi Psi fraternity.
The program through which the grant was received was a partnership between the Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady and Rite Aid, called Kid Cents. Kid Cents is a way that the drugstore chain gives back to communities across the United States.
In order for the Boys and Girls Clubs to receive the grant, they needed to obtain over 300 Kid Cents accounts that directly supported the Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady. This initiative ran from Oct. 1 until Jan. 31.
According to Nolan Lescaleet ’17, president of the Alpha Pi chapter, as of Jan. 9, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady only had 50 accounts made.
The brothers of Chi Psi helped promote the program by tabling and taking down the information of students who were willing to sign up for Kids Cents accounts and provide support.
Lescaleet stated that: “Our thought process was that since the application process takes about 5 to 10 minutes, students would not be as willing to make their account on their own time. So we made it for them.”
By the end of January, Lescaleet noted that Chi Psi made 250 accounts for a total of 369.
Jake LaRovera ’16 is an intern of the Boys and Girls Club and contributed approximately 70 accounts.
Chi Psi does not have a direct connection to Kids Cents. However, Lescaleet stated that Chi Psi has a history of coordinating philanthropy events with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady website states that their mission is to “help youth of all backgrounds with special concern for those from disadvantaged circumstances, develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders.”
Their purpose is to promote the social, educational, health, leadership and character development of boys and girls during critical periods of their growth.
To achieve this, they say they provide a safe place to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals; life-enhancing programs and character development experiences; and, hope and opportunity. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady serve over 3,300 members, reaching a total of over 12,000 youths in 2014.
Chi Psi is currently coordinating on a project with one of their graduated brothers, Davis Cutter ’15, who works at a textile industry in India on the Minerva Fellowship program.
Their goal is to try to raise money by selling handkerchiefs and bandannas to give back to Cutter’s local community in India.