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Community Service Opportunities (Spring 2020) - COVID-19 Edition

Many organizations across the nation are in need of folks who are willing and able to help.  While community service will not be required this quarter, it is a pillar of the fraternity and sorority community and if you are able to help out, we encourage you to do so!  Let's show the world the positive power of our organizations! 

Making Masks and Personal Protective Equipment for medical professionals
There is a national shortage as COVID-19 cases continue to drain medical professionals' supplies of masks and personal protective equipment (PPE).  Using items around your house, if you are able to make masks or other forms of PPE, please do so and consider donating them to a local health care site (hospital, clinic, first responders, etc.).  This can be something that you personally do or if you are not great with a needle and thread, something your family can work on together. Templates for masks can be found HERE.  If you have access to 3D Printers, consider finding templates for other forms of PPE. 

Please send us any pictures, number produced, as well as who you were making them for as we would love to share your progress on our social media.  

Personal Errands for Others
Many in our communities are more at risk for complications arising from COVID-19.  If you are able and are planning on going out to run errands, consider checking in with older family members or neighbors to see if you can grab anything from the store for them. It will give them a chance to connect with someone during physical distancing while also allowing them to receive supplies such as groceries, toiletries, etc. Remember to practice CDC recommended physical distancing guidelines as a precaution. 

Volunteer with Local Food Banks
As more and more folks rely on food banks for groceries and supplies, reach out to your local food bank to see how you might be able to help.  Many are creating food boxes that can be delivered curbside to those most at need.  You can organize, box, or deliver - depending on your comfort level and what the need it. 

Give Blood
COVID-19 threatens the nation's blood and platelet supply.  Please visit the America Red Cross to find out more about how to donate blood and where to go near you.  Your actions could literally save a life! 

All For Good
Find local service opportunities you can do from home, no matter where home might be for you at this moment. There are opportunities all around the world you can check out HERE.

Operation Warm
Operation Warm offers a list of several organizations to virtually volunteer for from your home!

Be a digital volunteer with the Smithsonian for their transcription center or update their Wikipedia material. 

Catch a Fire
Volunteer with Catch a Fire for a variety of projects depending on area type and time to completion.

Amnesty Decoders
Join a global network of digital volunteers helping to research and expose human rights violations with Amnesty Decoders. 
Translators with Borders
Translators with Borders works with volunteers who are fluent in more than one language to translate a variety of documents for those in need.

Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who work remotely—anywhere with a computer and secure internet connection works.  Crisis Counselors answer texts from people in crisis, bringing them from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening, collaborative problem solving, and safety planning.

Project Gutenberg
Volunteer with Project Gutenberg to proofread eBooks for those who don't have access to paper books.

DoSomething members join volunteer, social change, and civic action campaigns to make real-world impact on causes they care about. 


Community Service

Civic engagement is one of the keystones of fraternity and sorority experience. Members are empowered to make a positive impact on the community, and develop and understanding of civic responsibility through the process of serving others. In the past year, UCSB fraternities and sororities spent more than 10,000 hours giving back to the Santa Barbara, Isla Vista and Goleta communities. As part of the Standards of Excellence program, the Office of Student Life requires each fraternity or sorority member to complete a minimum of 6 hours of community service per quarter.

Chapters are required to submit the following items documenting their members' community service and philanthropy achievements each quarter:
  • Community Service Report Summary - emailed to the chapter's Community Service Chair quarterly for completion
  • Chapter Member Verification Form - completed by each member every quarter to summarize and verify all community service hours completed
  • Philanthropy Report Form - detailing the amount of money raised by the chapter through philanthropic activities and fundraising for charity.
To access the Community Service Report Submission Guidelines, please click here: Community Service Report Guidelines (W19).

Best Day Foundation
(ongoing opportunity)

The Best Day Foundation is an organization that takes kids with special needs on a day to the beach! They have adaptic surfboards, boogie boards, kayaks, and beach obstacle courses. The Foundation is looking for energetic student volunteers to help serve as "beach buddies" for participants. This video provides more information about the Foundation. Please sign up online HERE!


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