National Week of Service 2018
Indianapolis (March 6, 2018) – The Fraternity’s motto, “The great joy of serving others,” is fundamental to who we are. That is why we celebrate National Week of Service. It is a dedicated time of the year in which undergraduates and alumni can come together and give back to the community in a collective capacity. Formerly, we recognized this effort as the National Day of Service.
The National Week of Service will occur April 8-15, 2018.
Participation in the National Week of Service is simple:
- If you’re a member of an active chapter or colony, setup or participate in an event in your local community.
- If you’re a member of an alumni association, we offer you the same challenge: find a local service opportunity for your AA members to engage in service with our alumni brothers.
- You don’t necessarily have to be involved in a formal capacity to participate.
Undergraduate chapters should fill out the community service form in the accreditation program to report their National Week of Service event. If you have any questions about that process, you can contact your chapter’s Chapter Services Consultant.
We would love to hear/see what you participate in. You can share your projects with us on social media with the #PhiPsiNWoS hashtag. Tag us on Twitter and Instagram at @phikappapsi. You can also send photos of your service project to email@example.com. If you’d like to have your service story highlighted on the Phi Kappa Psi website, please visit the following link. We’d love to be able to post your service stories ahead of National Week of Service so others in your area can join the cause.
Remember: by virtue of the commitment you took when you were initiated, you have a continuous call to action to serve others in need. While National Week of Service provides a valuable opportunity to get involved, here at Phi Kappa Psi, we hope you stay involved throughout the year.
Those looking to find out how they can get involved, here are some suggestions for volunteer opportunities:
- Phi Psi Field Day: Coordinate with a local Boys & Girls Club (or similar after-school program) to put on a field day event where kids of all ages get a chance to participate in various games, obstacle courses, interactive activities, etc.
- Habitat for Humanity: Contact a local Habitat affiliate to assist in any housing projects in your area. This is a great way to be hands-on with community development.
- Day at the Community Center: Work with your local community or senior citizen center to setup a visit and interact with the residents. Activities could include bingo, walks, cleaning, landscaping, etc.
- ESL College Bound: If you have any members of your chapter who speak a second language, reach out to local high schools to see if they can assist high school students with college applications, college loan applications, or general school-related topics.
- Children’s Hospital Visit: Contact a local children’s hospital and swing in to brighten the day of a child. You could coordinate a wide-scale community donation or fulfill another need of the hospital.
- Park Clean-Up: Contact your local Parks and Rec and coordinate a park clean-up; consider inviting other organizations to join you.
- Share the Skill: Work with your local community center to setup a class where you teach local folks a particular skill of yours (e.g. social media marketing, accounting, etc.)
- Volunteer at an Animal Shelter: Who doesn’t love cute animals? Stop by a local animal shelter and offer your support in terms of cleaning, feeding the animals, and taking them for walks.
- Odd Jobs: Provide hands-on service to your University or College’s faculty or staff. Examples include raking leaves, shoveling snow, organizing firewood, etc.
- Special Olympics: Work with local high schools to setup a Special Olympics event on campus.
Opportunities are not limited to this list. We highly encourage you to look at the needs of your community and find an appropriate initiative that will address those needs. Continuing a project that had been undertaken in years past is also encouraged.
For more information on National Week of Service, please contact Kyle Hickman, Senior Director of Member Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is a 501 (c)(7) association of men of integrity who strive to develop the individual in his intellect, in his involvement in the community and in his faith. The Fraternity was founded on Feb. 19, 1852 at Jefferson College by William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore. It currently has more than 100 chapters across the United States with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.