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Tips on Planning for Fall Volunteerism

volunteerAs Kappa Alpha members, we strive to assist those less fortunate and give back to the community. This not only help those around us, it also helps to build leaders and personal connections. There are many ways to donate your time, but as a Community Service Chair, where do you start?

Here are some tips to stay organized and help your chapter make the largest impact in your local community. 

Variety of Service Opportunities
As the Community Service Chair, it is your responsibility for getting your membership involved in volunteerism. There are three types of service that you should work to organize.

1.) Reoccurring Small Group Service: Get those members who live and breath community service to establish weekly or bi-weekly groups that serve at the same location. For example, Eric, Connor, and Richard go to the local food bank every Thursday for 2 hours. These members don’t need motivation and will rack up hours quickly.

2.) Large Group Service Events: Register your chapter to serve at larger events like Habitat for Humanity, MDA Muscle Walk, or school organized event. Some chapters organize these on a monthly basis and require members to attend 2 per semester.

3.) Individual Volunteer Opportunities: Compile a list of opportunities that individual members can attend on their own schedule. Most schools will have an office dedicated to leadership and volunteerism that can provide a similar list. Publish to the chapter on a weekly basis, or highlight a few opportunities during your report in chapter.

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 3.37.46 PMStay Organized
Don’t wait until the last minute to compile service hours for award packets. While we volunteer our time to assist the community, we want to record hours for individual members and the chapter to continuously measure and improve our impact. Unless your Greek Life Office has a predetermined system of submitting community service hours, the easiest way to collect information from members on their service hours is through a Google Form. Create fields such as Member Name, Date of Service, Location of Service, Number of Hours Served, and supervisor contact information. Members can fill out this form as soon as they complete their service for that day.

Plan Fun Service Events
Not all service has to be back breaking work. Make things fun by planning events that your membership enjoys. Also, it is never a bad idea to team up with a sorority or other campus group. 

Be Excited and Motivate
Good leaders, including Community Service Chairs, can get others to follow their lead. Stay excited for community service and don’t make it seem like a chore. 

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