Summer is the perfect time to give back to your community. One of the many aspects of being in a fraternity is the philanthropic and community service oriented efforts you put forth. Whether it’s because you have mandatory hours you’re obligated to fulfill, or (hopefully) you give and serve out the goodness of your heart, either way you’ve got some work to do. Summer may be your time to relax and take a break from your usual fraternity routine, but fraternity attitudes and initiatives are meant to be not only year-round, but lifelong. The truth of the matter is you definitely have some free time to waste that could be better spent knocking those community service hours out or raising money for your philanthropy. Get to it, and make sure to LOG those hours as soon as you do them. This brommunity service.
The hardest part of community service is the actual finding/planning of what you want to do. If you’re going solo or you’re with your brothers, there’s so much to be done, if you just take the time to look. Here’s a good place to start – Finding Community Service Opportunities: http://www.volunteermatch.org/ – http://www.serve.gov/ – http://www.unitedway.org/
Summer Service Ideas: Hold a Charity Carwash; Squeeze some goodness with a Lemonade Stand; Take a trip to the local Foodbank; Care for pets at the Animal Shelter; Check out the nearest Community Center; Volunteer at the local Fair/Festival
Tips to Serve Better:
- Pick a Cause You Care About – Sometimes community service is not “fun” and that’s almost because while you may be helping out, it’s not something you hold near and dear to your heart. If you don’t remember the name of the organization/charity you’re aiding, that’s a good indication that it’s not for you. Choose something you feel connected to or an activity you have a passion for, and it makes the works seem easier and you may actually enjoy it. The worst thing is a grumbling brother at a service event, don’t let it be you.
- Serve with Friends – If you’re home for the summer take your friends with you to volunteer. Almost always you’re working with/for people you don’t personally know, and having friends there makes it that much better. Make a day of out it and after you’ve given back, go out to eat, or do something fun afterwards. If you’re with brothers, make it a group outing. Everyone needs the hours and the people you help out could always use an extra pair of hands.
- Change It Up – Doing the same thing over and over gets repetitive and old fast. Use the summer to the fullest and get outside. If you’re an outdoor person volunteer for events that will keep you there. Summer presents unique opportunities for community service, check your local paper, or online for once a year things that you could get involved with.