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15 Community Service Ideas for Sororities and fraternities that combat Hunger and Homelessness

4 Feb

Greek Letter sororities and fraternities can make a big impact as they work together in the area of Community Service.  Most local communities have a food bank and homeless shelter in place to assist residents in need.   With the recent decline in both national and world economy most shelters and food banks are receiving many more requests for aid.   The following is a list of ideas we have  developed to encourage Greek Letter  organizations as they “Go Hard Greek” in assisting community agencies  to meet the needs of citizens in lacking food or shelter.  We encourage you to find a service project that members can complete together and be a wonderful example of the “Power of Positive” within the Greek Letter community.

1. Make “I Care” kits with items such as combs, toothbrushes, and shampoo for shelter residents . Put up donation stations in dorms, café and student unions/lounge to collect items – then put them together into kits. Graduate chapters can partner with local businesses to create donation stations.

 2. Collect canned goods for donation to local food banks.  You could have a reoccurring event that repeats every 2-3 months so that students and local residents “habituate” to donating canned items  to your group.

3. Pack and hand out food at a food bank. This is an ongoing need at most food distribution centers.  Remember the quote “Many hands make light work” 

 4.Help cook and/or serve a meal at homeless shelter or soup kitchen. 

5. Bake  several batches of cookies and deliver them to a soup kitchen or homeless shelter especially nice for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s day at a Women’s shelter.

 6. Schedule your group to assist with a Habitat for Humanity building project.

 7. Bake bread on National Bread Day in November and deliver to the hungry, homeless

8. Raid your closet and attic for gently used toys and clothes to donate to a local shelter.

 9. Conduct a shoe collection drive for Sole2Souls and contribute to their mission to provide shoes for children in need around the world

 10.Purchase/ collect items for first aid kits for women and children shelter.

 11. Set up a Saturday Reading Hour where you visit a homeless shelter once a month, bringing books to share and leave behind

 12. Offer regular homework help and tutoring to children living in homeless shelters.

13.Establish an ongoing t-shirt sale online to raise funds to be donated to shelter or pantry of your choice.  Designs can be emailed and shared on social media allowing members to easily reach out to friends and family for support of the project.

 14. Sponsor a Saturday Car wash with proceeds going to local food pantry

 15.Sponsor a walk-a-thon, bike-a-thon or marathon to raise funds for local, national or international organization focused on hunger relief or homelessness.

 

Be sure to connect with us on Twitter and Facebook when you are engaged in your service projects so we can help get the word out and give you a BIG Shout Out!  Go Hard Greek! We have the Power of Positive to change the world!

 

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Resolve to Volunteer More in 2012

26 Jan

This is a great article from the Volunteer Spot via Mom Bloggers for Social Good. It highlights some really great tips for us all to consider when working to increase our volunteer activities. As you “Go Hard Greek” out into the communities keep these tips in mind to make your service less stressful and create a higher posiitve impact!!  Click the banner above to read the full post!

Remembering Dr Martin Luther King today!

17 Jan

Had to share this beautiful picture of Dr Martin Luther King and his fraternity brothers of 

 Alpha Phi Alpha!

I have never seen this before !

Dr King  pledged while he attended Boston University as a graduate student. 

This picture makes you smile for sure !

Such handsome young men.

A big thanks goes out to The Black History Album for sharing this amazing historic photo!

Martin Luther King Jr. Pledging Alpha Phi Alpha, circa 1952

Pay it Forward – Go Hard for Mentoring Youth!

11 Jan

Go Hard Greek is sending the reminder that January is Mentoring Month. Below is a video of a  speech by President Obama challenging us to mentor the youth in our lives, in the community to make a positive impact on the future of our country!  Greek Letter organizations have  the ability to connect with community centers and schools to create ongoing mentoring programs!  Does your chapter have any mentoring programs in place – share the link with us – we would love to learn more!

Zeta Tau Alpha – Saving Lids to Save Lives!!

7 Jan

We would like to offer this space as a shout out to the Ladies of Zeta Tau Alpha who challenged their fellow sisters to collect Yoplait lids  to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research.  These ladies took the challenge to make a difference and raise funds thru the collection of the Yoplait  lids from September thru December of  2011.  The collective effort of these amazing women yielded a whooping total of  358,202 yogurt lids  which translated into a $15,000 donation to the ZTA  Foundation for  breast cancer education and awareness programs and $30,000 to Susan G. Komen affiliates!!  Strong Work Ladies —   This is truly an example of Going Hard Greek!!

Here are a couple of the videos ZTA has posted to show all the fun the Ladies had during the campaign!  

2011 Yoplait Lid Count from Zeta Tau Alpha on Vimeo.

 

 

Save Lids To Save Lives Challenge from Zeta Tau Alpha on Vimeo.

Iota Phi Theta Teaches Healthy Moves !!

13 Dec

Community service is a central pilar of many greek letter organizations. Giving back to the local community whether it is college campus or local residents can be done in many fun and creative ways.   The members of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc  from Virginia State University  organized a teaching session with young people from the community.  The VSU Fraternity members enlightened  the children with  a fun way to engage in healthy activity – stepping!  The video below highlights the members of the Eta Chaper teaching the kids a few moves!  This session teaches the children a very valuable lesson – you can have fun and be healthy! 

What creative ways is your organization working to make the community a better place?  We would love to highlight it here on our blog!

 

Establishing Another Standard – Greek Life without Hazing

9 Dec
FAMU Drum Major Robert Champion

Praying for the Family, Friends & Classmates of Robert Champion

With the recent sad news of  the death of FAMU Band Drum Major Robert Champion  our minds are refocused on thoughts of  the many underground activities that occur on  and off  college campuses across our nation.   The death of this young man has not been attributed to hazing but many, many people  are asking questions with raised eyebrows…  why did this young man with such a bright future lose his life?   Was there hazing involved,  was the administration aware, were the band directors aware…… etc???   These are all questions the family, friends and local  law enforcement officers  are working to find answers to.

Recently we came across this great  interview by HBCU Digest with Dr Lori Patton-Davis  that takes a close look at hazing on the HBCU campuses. Because this is not an isolated activity of HBCU’s we all must look at why the distructive behavior continues to be accepted by young people looking to join sororities and frternities.   Too many times  we have lost bright young people to hazing activities that had no true purpose.

Greek Letter Organizations members,  panhellenic councils, college administrations, bands  and more need to take a stand against the belief  that abusive actions are acceptable as long as everyone survives.   Can we all work to Go Hard  for Greek unity and positive actions that build our communities?  This is the truly amazing  legacy that sororities  and fraternities can leave.  The HBCU Digest program below is a wonderful example of not only discussing the wrongs that are being perpetrated but also offers some very positive thoughts and examples for changing how the public views these organizations.   Positive, supportive community actions that uplift, teach and offer true leadership is what these groups should be striving for.  

Take a listen to “The Big Hazing Show”  below presented by HBCU Digest.   What is your organizations stance on hazing?  What is your college or university doing to stop the negative behavior?    What do you think can be done to turn this negative behavior around?

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