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“Make A Difference”: Volunteering | Face Painting with Omega Delta Phi at Mexican Fiesta

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Listen: When you think of the word “fraternity,” is the first that comes to mind volunteering? A few weeks ago, I biked down to the Summerfest grounds during Mexican Fiesta to meet with members of the Omega Delta Phi fraternity. In our discussions leading up to that day, Julio Maldonado, founder of the Milwaukee Chapter of ODP and current leader, told me that their volunteers do whatever they’re asked by Mexican Fiesta — everything from moving the offices to the grounds to shuttling artists to facilitating the jumping car contest. And they weren’t kidding.

When I found Omega Delta Phi, they had a line of kids waiting to have their face painted! While most of the guy in ODP are professionals that may not have much experience in the ways of face painting, they were doing a great job and earning a lot of smiles from the kids. Also, I was able to catch them for an interview about their efforts in the community (scroll to the bottom for the audio piece).

Learn more about Omega Delta Phi here, and then take a moment to look into Mexican Fiesta (I know the next one is not for a year, but it doesn’t help to build a little anticipation). Also, learn a lesson from Omega Delta Phi and search for volunteering opportunities in your own community!

Produced by: Adam Carr