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Find your chapter’s passion!

October 6, 2011

By: National Community Service Chair Kris McDaniel

With the semester well under way, most chapters have already participated in one or two community service events. One of the biggest complaints from the vice president-community service (VP-CS) is the lack of interest and attendance for the events.

It’s true—having to complete six events per year is a bit daunting at times, but if you find your chapter’s passion, those six events can fly by! For example, one chapter wanted to see the impact of their giving over the long haul and adopted a family for a year. Most people adopt a family for Christmas only, but the chapter wanted to do more. They provided Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas presents and Easter baskets. The chapter made a connection with the family and looked forward to each visit with the family. It wasn’t just a community service event, but helping someone with a face and name.

Take the time to find something your chapter is passionate about. It could be reading to underprivileged children, volunteering at the hospital or hosting a food drive on your campus.

We are only limited by our imagination when planning community service events. Beyond participating in six events during the year, the only other item dictated by CMP is participation in Make A Difference Day (which is always the fourth Saturday of October—October 22 this year), the National Blood Drive or your provincial initiative.

  • Northeastern – Habitat for Humanity
  • South Central – Ronald McDonald House
  • Southern – Verizon Hope Line
  • Western – St. Jude
  • North Central – American Cancer Society

Community service events push each chapter to play an active role in and help better the university and local community. As one of the fundamental principles of our Fraternity, community service increases our feeling of brotherhood and makes a difference in the lives of many people.

What is your favorite community service event?

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