$175 raised • 3 campaigns
Sam is a Givebutter Changemaker - an elite group of young movers and shakers around the world that inspire those around them to give back through the incredible work that they do for others. Learn more about Changemakers.
Hello my name is Sam Breiter, and I'm currently a Junior at Ohio University pursuing majors in both Sport Management and Marketing with a certificate in Sales. I am from Long Island, New York, and it has been awesome getting to experience both the culture of Ohio and New York over the last three years. I am blessed to have a loving and supportive family including my older sister Mallory, as well as my parents Shana and Russell. I hold my family extremely close to me, especially my relationship with my grandparents. I am extremely inspired by the relationships that I have developed with all of those around me. This includes my incredible friends at home in New York, as well as the best brothers in the world in my fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi at Ohio University. My passions include running, watching sports, following the business world, getting involved in organizations, and helping good causes. One of my best life experiences was attending and working at a summer camp known as the MIYJCC. Additionally, this winter I got the opportunity to travel to Israel with a program known as Birthright. Being in the College of Business at Ohio University has developed my leadership and experience through rigorous courses and organizations. This summer I will be working for Enterprise through the Management Trainee Internship program, and I'm very excited about where my future may take me.
Q & A
I coach the Athens Middle School Track Team.
Who in you life most inspires you and why?
This Winter I went to Israel for a Taglit-Birthright trip. I met a soldier named Ofir Dahan and he inspired me to be thankful for my life, and to do good for the world.
Best advice you have ever received?
"To give anything less then your best is to sacrifice the gift" -Steve Prefontaine
Your greatest achievement to date?
Breaking a 5 minute mile in high school track.
Tell us more about your organization.
Alpha Epsilon Pi was founded to provide opportunities for the Jewish college man seeking the best possible college and fraternity experience. We have maintained the integrity of our purpose by strengthening our ties to the Jewish community and serving as a link between high school and careers. Perhaps of greater importance, Alpha Epsilon Pi develops leadership for the future of the American Jewish community. Tomorrow's Jewish leaders are in our chapters today. These are the young men who must be counted upon to support Jewish causes and to prepare to be one of tomorrow's Jewish leaders, so that they may aid themselves, their family, their community, and their people. Those students who enter the mainstream of non-Jewish life on the campus are far more likely to assimilate and to forsake their heritage. Working together with the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life/International Hillel, Alpha Epsilon Pi can play a vital role in helping reverse the growing trend among our young people to abandon Judaism at this critical time. The Ohio University chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi is known as the Omicron Upsilon Chapter. Alpha Epsilon Pi has grown rapidly since its re-founding in 1999, as the only Jewish-interest fraternity on Ohio's campus. AEPI has been involved both at Ohio University and in the Athens area. They participate in Homecoming and Greek Week annually, and puts on programming with Hillel and Chabad, the centers for Jewish life on campus. We get involved in the community through local food banks, Gift of Life, Race for a Reason, and the Athens Beautification Day. Our recent philanthropies include the Brother Auction, Brunch for Barks, and Fest for Breasts. The best part of our organization is the unity of all of our brothers. This unity has kept us on campus as a fraternity, and has allowed us to be motivated to change the world for the better. Our goal each year is to develop our members into men who are willing to continue reaching our values.
How did you get involved with your organization, and why it is important to you.
In terms of my involvement in college, my fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi has been my passion. Last semester I took on the position of philanthropy chair, and raised over $4800 for the Heroes to Heroes foundation. I held an event where brothers were auctioned off for a date party, and all of the proceeds went towards the cause. I got the community involved by letting them know about the cause, and received many sponsors who provided us with raffle gift cards and other prizes. This semester I was elected into the position of Vice President. My job is to oversee all internal affairs of our chapter. I have been working hard to ensure my fraternity has been getting involved in our community through volunteering, raising money for various charitable causes, keeping in good academic standings, and getting involved in all of the different affairs at Ohio University. AEPI is so important to me because I know my 50 brothers are there for me through the highs and lows of my life, and that I will do the same for them.
Tell us more about this campaign. Why are you raising this money, and where will it be going? How is this campaign different from similar ones we may have seen on the site?
A big priority of mine for our fraternity is philanthropy, and this semester we're raising money for Sharsheret. Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer. Their mission is to offer a community of support to women, of all Jewish backgrounds, diagnosed with breast cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources. We are selling t-shirts titled "Fest for Breasts", which is themed off of the Ohio University fest season in order to motivate students to get involved. We have a goal of reaching over $5,200 raised this semester, which would put us at $10,000 raised for fantastic causes this year!
What does giving mean to you?
Giving to me is the idea of making a difference in a positive way. It could be for a single person, or for the entire world. It could be giving a homeless person $1, or donating $1 million to charity. Regardless, giving is something important for people to do because it aids in the fight towards a perfectly healthy and happy world.
What does the Givebutter movement mean to you?
What's great about the Givebutter movement is that it inspires people to go above and beyond in life. Individualizing people, whether it's Ambassadors or a Changemakers, gives people motivation to strive and reach their goals. Whether that's getting campaigns started, or getting involved with campaigns they already started, giving people these leadership roles in Givebutter helps inspire others to give back.