Promise of Service
“Men elected to our membership are considered... to give promise of service to their fellowmen and to the world.”
- from The Object of FarmHouse
FarmHouse men do more than just recite The Object each time we gather - we strive to live up to it’s ideals. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our Promise of Service. On average, a FarmHouse man dedicates 23 hours of community service per year, and FarmHouse chapters annually raise and donate more than $125,000 to philanthropic causes. Learn more about FarmHouse service initiatives:
Leukemia-Lymphoma Society and Totally Baldacioius
Prompted by an impassioned request from brother John Romine (PU ‘05), FarmHouse International Fraternity adopted the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society (LLS) as it’s official philanthropic partner is 2008. Tragically, Brother Romine lost his battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma later that year. But FarmHouse men across North America have taken up the cause, and today nearly every chapter of the fraternity hosts philanthropic events that raise funds and awareness for blood cancers, which are the number 1 type of cancer among young men.
FarmHouse chapters have partnered with LLS to hold Totally Baldacious head shave events, where people can donate money for the right to shave a FH brother’s head. In addition to the money raised, which is donated to LLS, the shaved head serves to raise awareness in the community for weeks following the event.
Be the Match, National Bone Marrow Donor Registry
People suffering from a blood cancer often need a bone marrow transplant in their fight with the disease. Be the Match seeks to match potential marrow donors with those in need through the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry. Potential donors can be added to the database through a simple cheek swab. FarmHouse has partnered with Be the Match through their college and university outreach program to help chapters host donor drives on their respective campuses. The program kicked off with over 100 FH men volunteering to be added to the database at FarmHouse Leadership Academy in January 2011.
Service Immersion Experience to Honduras
The Fraternity is excited to present a new opportunity for FarmHouse men to serve beyond their own community - and even beyond their own country. In the summer of 2015, up to 20 FarmHouse undergraduates will travel to Honduras in Central America for a week of service and learning with The Journey: FarmHouse.
This program, which is offered through a partnership with FarmHouse International Fraternity, the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values and Heart to Honduras, is open to any FarmHouse undergraduate chapter or new member. The cost to each individual is $1600, and includes airfare, lodging, meals, service materials and educational curriculum. A variety of financial aid options are available for interested students.
Heart to Honduras is the Christian not-for-profit organization coordinating on-site efforts within Honduras. They focus on meeting the needs of a local village through physical improvement projects, youth development and other teaching materials in developing communities in Honduras. Participants in the FarmHouse The Journey can expect to spend the week in a rural mountain village helping with physical labor, teaching and interacting with children, working alongside the locals and experiencing Honduran culture.
To indicate your interest without committing financially, or to ask questions, please contact Tim Hadachek. Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!
Click here for a flyer with more information about the program.