The motto of Acacia Fraternity is Human Service. Our Chapter has continually volunteered its time and effort on the St. Cloud State University's campus. However, within the last year and stemming into the new decade, Acacia is striving to strengthen the ties we have within the community of St. Cloud with a number of philanthropic events. One of largest events Acacia annually participates in is the event Relay For Life. We have developed our own philanthropy event known as Locked in for Life, which raises funds for the American Diabetes Association. Some other events in which Acacia Fraternity has been involved include cleaning our adopted highway, bell ringing for the Salvation Army, and publicizing and volunteering for the Polar Bear Plunge.
Each year during the holiday season, Acacia chapters around the country collect new, unwrapped toys for children who might otherwise not receive presents. This worthwhile event has not only brightened the lives of countless families in need, it has also provided our brotherhood with an opportunity to show the communities in which we reside that Acacia's "Human Service" focus is more than just lip service. The Saint Cloud State Chapter partners up with the Saint Cloud Police Department to collect as many toys as possible for underprivileged children. It is a passion that drives and motivates our brothers in every aspect of their lives.
Relay for life is a worldwide event run by the American Cancer Society that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are overnight events that can be up to 24 hours in length. The Relay at SCSU is usually held on campus in March in the Halenbeck Hall field house.
Acacia Fraternity adopted a highway which is named the Al Grewe memorial adopted highway. Al Grewe was our previous advisor who passed away after a battle with cancer. He did a great deal for our chapter, so we hold his memory close. Members of Acacia clean our adopted highway every semester.
Every year brothers of Acacia come together to volunteer for the Polar Bear Plunge. It is presented by Minnesota law enforcement as part of the year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run events and also to benefit Special Olympics — is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics athletes by jumping into frigid Minnesota waters. It consists of 15 different events that take place across Minnesota during the coldest months of the year. From January through March, with one goal in mind, raise funds for Special Olympics Minnesota!
One of our newest philanthropies, Trick-Or-Canning exemplifies what it means to be an Acacian. Brothers travel around the St. Cloud area to collect canned goods for donation. We start in the afternoon on Halloween day and "Trick-or-Can" to collect as many goods as the Salvation Army can take. We are also trying to collaborate with the other Fraternities and Sororities around campus to bring out the best in the St. Cloud Community.