Greek organizations have taken over Phonathon to raise money for Doane’s Scholarship Fund and their individual groups.
Each fall, the Greek organizations work for Phonathon for eight days to call their respective alumni, Annual Giving Assistant Director Tomie Curry said.
The money raised is put toward scholarships, but the wages each caller earns goes directly to their organization.
Phonathon is a work study program that calls Doane alumni and asks for donations for the Doane Scholarship Fund, Curry said. Last year they raised a total of $82,429.
In the first two days, the Greek organizations have raised more than $12,000, Curry said. She said she expected the groups to raise at least $30,000 in the eight days.
Junior Sigma Phi Theta member Reid Rando said working at Phonathon was a blast.
"You can shoot the breeze with them (alumni) for a little bit and they will tell you a bunch of stories from the past,” Rando said. “They are a lot of fun to talk to depending on who you get ahold of."
The biggest donation Rando personally received was $750 in his first year of calling, three semesters ago.
"I felt like a little kid on Christmas!" Rando said.
Sophomore Lizzie Sather has been representing Gamma Phi lota during Greek Phonathon.
She said the biggest donation she has received this week was $350, but the average donation is between $25 and $50.
She said she loved to talk to alumni who were in the same activities as her.
“It’s nice when you talk to somebody that you actually have something in common with,” Sather said.
Curry said Phonathon was a great asset to the Doane Community.
“Without a strong Doane Scholarship Fund, students would not be able to enjoy the financial support they do,” Curry said.
In addition to asking for donations, Phonathon callers also update each alumnus’s information and inform them on what is going on around campus, Curry said.
Rando said he felt working at Phonathon was worthwhile.
"It's really nice to give back to future students, helping them out as alumni helped me out,” Rando said.