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Day of Service - Plan
The Fraternity's Day of Service should be focused on just that—service. While fundraising (collecting monetary or in-kind donations) is extremely worthwhile, strive to engage your chapter in a service opportunity.
Service is defined as the act of volunteering to benefit a community with the knowledge that one will not receive payment. Service, also known as volunteerism, focuses on time given and is a hands-on activity in which a member interacts with the organization, agency, and/or community being served. Kappa Alpha Theta’s definition of service focuses on donating time and talent to create positive change in the community. This can also be tied to service learning, in which the server and the served learn from their interaction. This allows Theta’s make connections among themselves, the skills they offer, and the needs of the community in which they are working. Some ideas for Day of Service projects are listed below.
- Work with your campus’ community service staff or office to connect with local organizations that need volunteers.
- Check out www.VolunteerMatch.org to find local organizations seeking volunteers.
- Volunteer at a CASA office in your community.
- Work with members to identify organizations with which they have existing relationships, and plan to serve there.
- Work to identify issues members care about, and then work with an organization that serves that issue to serve there (i.e., animals, arts and culture, children and youth, domestic violence, education and literacy, environment and sustainability, global and peace initiatives, government and public policy, health and medicine, poverty, senior citizens).
- Volunteer at a local assisted living or nursing home.
- Work at a local food bank or pantry, including one that might exist on your campus.
- Volunteer at a local women's shelter.
- Contact your local chapter of Habitat for Humanity to investigate volunteer opportunities.
- Volunteer your time at a local soup kitchen or shelter.
- Prepare dinner for residents at your local Ronald McDonald House.
- Organize a cleanup day on campus or in your community.
- Volunteer at a local animal shelter assisting with cleanup, feeding, or walking.
- Volunteer at a local elementary school.
- Volunteer at a local children’s hospital; often this will require special training or orientation, so be sure to plan ahead.
- Work with a local urban farm that helps low-income families gain access to fresh produce to do planting, picking, cleanup, or delivery.
- Contact your local government or parks and rec department to discuss volunteer opportunities.
- Assist a local food bank or pantry with mailings for an upcoming food drive.
If you'd like more ideas, the Corporation for National & Community Service's website has many great resources.