Georgia College Raises $2,500 for Local Life Enrichment Center
The Epsilon Nu Chater at Georgia College and State University recently donated $2,500 to Baldwin County’s Life Enrichment Center (LEC), which serves individuals with intellectual and development disabilities.
In the wake of COVID-19, the LEC facility was closed in March, and many in the area were without services until “LEC at Home,” a virtual way of continuing to provide services was launched. With a local church donating iPads to individuals, the LEC was able to help provide a sense of community to their individuals. However, live streaming on up to 50 devices led to issues for the LEC’s 15-year-old server.
“What we didn’t foresee was how the technology would take off and how our very outdated antiquated system would not support that,” LEC Executive Director Barbara Coleman said.
The Epsilon Nu Chapter has a history of supporting the LEC, but this year the aid was needed maybe more than ever.
“When Barbara told me that their server was going down and that they needed this money, I was so excited to be able to help them,” Number I Charlie Haug said.
For the past eight years, the Chapter has raised funds through a benefit concert, but with COVID-19, that was not an option for 2020. Instead, they were able to solicit donations from family and friends and friendly competition from another fraternity fueled the efforts. The Chapter didn’t stop there. They also volunteered at a car wash to help raise more money for the LEC.
“They really showed up and showed out for us, and they have always done that,” Barbara Coleman said.
With the assistance of donated iPads and a new server, the “LEC at Home” program and services are now available to all individuals supported by the LEC.
“We needed to make sure we did something for them,” Charlie said. “The LEC is the best organization we could hope to work with. They’re great people who do great stuff, and we’re so happy to partner with them.”
The Epsilon Nu Chapter is working on plans to continue to support the LEC.