We hope our volunteers are feeling the love this month with the National Panhellenic Conference’s (NPC’s) Advisor Appreciation Month and Theta’s Volunteer Appreciation Week being celebrated right now as a part of National Volunteer Week. While we feel grateful for our volunteers each and every day for all that they selflessly give to our organization, this month, we intentionally reflect on just how much our volunteers mean to all of us at Kappa Alpha Theta.
One reason I have so much appreciation for our volunteers is that they embody the idea of true lifelong membership. Although being a Theta looks different for all of us once we graduate college, our volunteers prove that there is much more to Theta than just four undergraduate years. Even with busy lives and commitments to work, graduate school, family and friends, and involvement in their communities, our volunteers continue to give their time and talent to Theta. I am consistently inspired by the way our volunteers proudly say, “I am a Theta,” rather than, “I was a Theta in college.” Whether at age 25 or 75, our volunteers continue to answer the call and continue to receive all the benefits membership provides.
If you are currently a college member, take a moment to consider how you’d like Theta to show up in your life after graduation. There are many ways to stay involved as a volunteer, such as an alumnae group officer, an advisor for a college chapter (even remotely!), or at the international level to help guide the big-picture strategy for the Fraternity. Which path will you choose when you are an alumna? Will you still proudly say, “I am a Theta?”