The Delta Sigma Phi, Gamma Tau Chapter, of Eastern Michigan University was the recent recipient of a 2017 Community Service Award presented by mParks, formerly known as Michigan Recreation and Park Association, in recognition of their ongoing commitment and contributions as Canton Leisure Services volunteers.
Members of EMU’s Delta Sigma Phi Gamma Tau Chapter first began volunteering within the Canton community in 2014 and have since provided close to 700 hours of service. This group of dedicated college men continues to play an important role in many of Canton Leisure Services special events by providing assistance within several key areas including: setting up and tearing down program venues, leading games and activities with participants, as well as dressing in costumes for Canton’s annual Trick-or-Treat Parade.
"This mParks Community Service Award is further proof that Canton’s dedicated volunteers are truly making a difference within our community” said Recreation Specialist Jennifer Girard. “Their volunteer commitment has helped save staff hours and wages and many events would not have been as successful without their hard work and smiling faces.”
This volunteer partnership is mutually beneficial as Delta Sigma Phi Gamma Tau requires their members to complete 15 hours of community service per semester.
“In both the 2015 and 2016 academic years, Delta Sigma Phi completed and was recognized by the University Administration for the most accumulative hours of community service of any Greek organization at Eastern Michigan University by working with Canton Leisure Services,” said Canton Facility Specialist Evan Sweet. “The relationship between Canton Leisure Services and the Eastern Michigan University chapter of Delta Sigma Phi is unique as many communities don’t have the opportunity to partner with college fraternities. This group helps break the stereotype associated with many college fraternities.”
Presented each spring, mParks’ Community Service Awards recognize individuals and groups who show outstanding support to public recreation and park programs in their community. For additional information about mParks and its 2017 Community Service Awards, visit www.mparks.org.
For more information about Canton Leisure Services volunteer program, please visit www.cantonfun.org or call 734/394-5360.