Phi Sigma Pi’s community service projects is a prominent way for Randall Schweigert to gain experience that bolsters her Peace Corps application
By: Kendra Williams
ALBUQUERQUE N.M. – Helping others is a huge part of community service and that is one of the reasons Randall Schweigert, 21, lends her time and effort into volunteering.
Randall Schweigert, is new to the community service world. She said she did not start to think about community service until her decision to apply for the Peace Corps. Volunteering is a must on the application and so Randall started getting involved.
A year ago, Randall’s junior year, she joined the co-ed fraternity Phi Sigma Pi which came to the University of New Mexico in November of 2008.
According to the fraternity’s official facebook page, “[they] are the only co-ed Honor Fraternity founded upon a tripod of ideas: Fellowship, Leadership, and Scholarship”
Volunteering is a major aspect of the Phi Sigma Pi with four service opportunities for members to participate in each semester. The fraternity focuses more on community service compared fund-raising.
“We believe that being leaders in the community also means giving back to the community,” said Deborah Ramirez, President of the Epsilon Upsilon chapter.
They have participated in cleaning inside and outside of houses for Casa Esperanza and Albuquerque Christian Children’s Home and made arts and crafts with the children at the Children’s Hospital.
Closer to the UNM campus, they have participated in Fall Frenzy and Spring Storm, where volunteers participate in campus and community clean-up projects.
One of their fundraising efforts came in the form of a comedy night, “Laughter is the Best Medicine”, raising money for Agora. The money raised from the night helped Agora volunteers go into high schools and raise suicide awareness.
Phi Sigma Pi has made meals for the Ronald McDonald House.
“Just seeing the look on their faces when they came into the kitchen and saw everything prepared and they were just so happy,” Schweigert said.
According to Randall most of her community service events that she can uses for her Peace Corps application come from Phi Sigma Pi. The application consists of a series of test along with community service and supervisor recommendations, the application took her eight months to complete.
“I don’t really want to say that I doing the Peace Corps to help people cause that’s the standard thing people say, but I do want to help people,” Schweigert said.
Randall says she would like to serve after graduation and before she starts a master’s program. With previous experiences in Latin America, she has put it down as her first choice in places to serve.
Even though Randall is majoring in Economics and Political Science she says she wants to work in the field of agriculture.