March 25, 2016
The Kappa Phi Chapter (University of North Carolina/Charlotte) believes that all too often those who serve their country are forgotten. "Military men and women give their service year round to keep us safe," said Mackenzie Hardin, LAMP Editor. "Many times they are unable to be home for the holidays or important family moments."
Avery Bonifati, Kappa Phi’s Vice President of Programs, paired with the Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to bring Valentines for Veterans to the campus, a community service project that took place on February 3, 2016. Avery made nearly 300 cards for students and faculty to fill out. Within an hour and a half, all the cards were complete. The amount of support from students and faculty was overwhelming. Many people stood in line to write a Valentine’s Day card to a veteran.
Avery said, “I was trying to think [of something] unique and different that our chapter and the rest of campus has not seen yet. I thought since Valentine's Day was right about the corner that this would be a great opportunity to do something extra nice for our veterans and show that they are appreciated every day of the year! Doing this event with the ROTC was exciting, and we are the first fraternal organization to partner with the ROTC on such a project." The valentines were delivered to a local veteran’s shelter in Charlotte, North Carolina. Avery continues to work to expand Greek programs around campus and to educate non-Greeks about the value of fraternal organizations.
As the Vice President of Programs, Avery has a passion for helping her chapter grow. Goal-oriented, she “wants to bring many great events about current issues that relate to every sister in our chapter, to educate them on so many different issues and conflicts that can affect us in the post-grad life.”