October 14-21 marked Gamma Iota Sigma’s 4th Annual Week of Giving, a hugely successful organization-wide initiative in partnership with the IICF’s Annual Week of Giving! Each of our chapters was encouraged to identify and execute a project to engage members in volunteer efforts to benefit their communities, and the turnout from our 68 active chapters was nothing short of impressive! Final participation details will be shared soon, and below is a sampling of what our chapters did to give back to their communities. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to view our chapters’ hard work in action!
|University Chapters||Week of Giving Events|
|Appalachian State University, Rho||What: Food Drive
Details: Chapter partnered with the ASU Ambassadors to collect cans and monetary donations to give to the Hunger and Health Coalition. With their canned food drive, the Hunger and Health Coalition will be able to feed the Boone, NC community through May 2018. 33 Chapter members participated in this event.
|Arizona State University, Kappa||What: St. Mary’s Food Bank
Details: Chapter members were given the opportunity to volunteer at St. Mary’s Food Bank during the IICF’s Week of Giving. 14 Chapter members packed emergency food boxes for families and individuals in need.
What: School of Math and Stats Homecoming Block Party
Details: Chapter volunteered at the School of Math and Stats Homecoming booth by teaching other ASU students about a major in a math related field. Students handed out candy with math facts on them as well as assisted in math related games in the Homecoming tent.
|Baylor University, Alpha Pi||What: Food Drive
Details: Chapter participated in the Business School’s food drive, donating over 400 pieces of canned food/non-persihable items to charity from 21 students.
|Butler University, Beta Lambda||What: Thanksgiving Meal at Scotty’s
Details: Chapter planned an event at Scotty’s Dawg House to help raise funds to provide families in need with a Thanksgiving meal. 4 Chapter members participated in this 2 hour event.
What: Food Drive
Details: Chapter coordinated a canned food drive, where they collected and donated food to the Boulevard Food Pantry.
|Central Michigan University, Nu||What: Campus Clean-Up
Details: Following Central Michigan’s homecoming weekend, the Nu Chapter visited campus with the goal of beautifying the grounds. 11 Nu Chapter members spent the morning picking up trash left over from the eventful weekend. Nine trash bags of litter were collected!
What: Pack Your Back
Details: Pack Your Back is an organization that was founded in 2016 at Central Michigan University. The goal of this organization is to foster learning by making sure students have the tools they need to succeed. The Nu Chapter held a school supplies drive for Pack Your Back. Chapter members collected and donated journals, pencils, erasers, glue, etc, in order to provide resources for learning to underprivileged K-12 students. 20 Chapter members volunteered for this event.
What: Service Ambassadors
Details: Hopewell Ranch hosts therapeutic recreation for children with disabilities through the use of animals, such as horses and goats. Nu Chapter members visited Hopewell Ranch and helped with the farm upkeep, including feeding the animals and cleaning their stalls.
What: Halloween Cards
Details: 21 Chapter members spent time creating Halloween cards, in order to send kind wishes to a local Nursing Home.
What: Raking Leaves Project
Details: 9 Chapter members answered the requests of many elderly residents within the Mount Pleasant city limits to rake/clear leaves from lawns throughout the community.
What: Safer Sex Patrol
Details: To promote safe sex, Nu Chapter members paired with the university’s Safer Sex Patrol to pass out condoms and abstinence candies at local bars.
What: Trunk or Treat
Details: Approximately 200 children of the community gathered in order to “Trunk or Treat,” where kids were allowed to collect candy from decorated parked cars. Nu Chapter members interacted with members of the community and passed out candy.
|Drake University, Chi||What: Blanket-making
Details: Chapter members created tie blankets for the Linus Foundation, which helps sick, homeless, and needy children.
What: Card Delivery
Details: Chapter members wrote cards to be delivered within children’s hospitals.
What: Encouragement Notes
Details: Chapter members walked around campus, handing out encouragement notes and jokes to everyone, to brighten the day of everyone undergoing the stress of midterms.
What: Gamma Combats Hunger
Details: Chapter members packaged bags of wholesome food to ship to starving children in third world countries.
What: Clean Up Drake/Humane Society Event
Details: 12 Chapter members got together and picked up trash left on the ground throughout campus before going to an animal shelter and giving the dogs the attention that they don’t normally get.
What: Clean Up Drake
Details: Chapter members walked around the neighborhoods surrounding Drake’s campus, cleaning up trash.
|Florida State University, Iota||What: Pumpkin Patch
Details: 15 Chapter members partnered with a local church to unload a semi-truck filled with pumpkins and set up a pumpkin patch.
What: Trunk or Treat
Details: 15 Chapter members partnered with a local church to help facilitate a trunk or treat event for children in the community.
|Illinois State University, Alpha Kappa||What: Canned Goods Donation
Details: Chapter members donated canned goods at the second general meeting.
What: Midwest Food Bank
Details: Chapter members assisted in packing food and loading delivery vehicles at local food bank.
What: Home Sweet Home Ministries
Details: 7 Chapter members assisted with warehouse donations at Home Sweet Home Ministries.
Details: 13 Chapter members volunteered to make blankets for donation.
What: Cards for Veterans
Details: 13 Chapter members gathered to make cards for veterans.
What: Halloween Policy Fundraiser
Details: Chapter members sold mock insurance policies to local households, guaranteeing cleanup if houses or yards are tampered with on Halloween.
What: Habitat for Humanity Trick or Treat for Change
Details: Chapter members went to neighborhoods and trick-or-treated for donations to help fund the house Habitat for Humanity is building this year.
|Indiana State University, Alpha Epsilon||What: Nursing Home Outreach
Details: Chapter members created cards to be distributed to local nursing homes.
|LaSalle University, Alpha Delta||What: Lunches with Love
Details: Chapter members made PB&Js and packed lunches filled with goodies for the local food pantry. The lunches contained a sandwich, snack, juice, and a Halloween treat.
What: LaSalle’s Annual Community Health Fair
Details: Chapter members helped hand out healthy snacks and water to community members at the snack table. One member showed community members how to make healthy snacks out of apples. Members broke down the tents and cleaned up at the end of the event.
|Missouri State University, Alpha Lambda||What: Canned Food Drive
Details: 9 Chapter members came together to donate cans of food to the Ozark Food Harvest to help them raise canned food as the holidays are approaching.
|Morgan State University, Alpha Xi||What: Winter Clothing & Canned Food Drive
Details: Chapter had 5 volunteers at the Maryland Food Bank to sort and pack donated clothing and food.
|Ohio Dominican University, Beta Omega||What: Columbus Shelter Board Hygiene Bags
Details: Chapter members collected travel size hygiene items, such as shampoo and deodorant. The items were divided among 25 Ziploc bags creating personal hygeine bags for distribution to residents at the Columbus Shelter Board’s shelter.
|Old Dominion University, Alpha Phi||What: Wards Corner 10k Run
Details: Chapter volunteered at this race benefiting Samaritan House and domestic abuse victims.
|Olivet College, Alpha Alpha||What: Relay for Life
Details: 15 Chapter members walked around the gym on campus supporting relay for life. This event also allowed Gamma Iota Sigma to become more involved with other groups on campus.
What: Olivet’s Harvest Dinner
Details: 12 Chapter members helped out at Olivet’s Harvest Dinner and served food to community members.
|St. John’s, Alpha Iota||What: Heartshare Preschool Project
Details: Chapter members assisted teachers at Heartshare Preschool for children with special needs by helping with a class project and reading.
What: St. John’s Midnight Run
Details: Chapter members participated in St. John’s University’s Midnight Run Program. Students packed a van with bagged lunches, soup, coffee, clothes, and toiletries to be distributed among those experiencing homelessness in New York City.
What: Breast Cancer Walk
Details: Chapter members helped to raise money for Making Strides against Breast Cancer. We then participated in a walk in Corona Park, Queens to support the cause.
|St. Mary’s, Beta Xi||What: Chalk it Up Community Outreach Event
Details: Chapter members volunteered with Argo partners and St. Mary’s University Alumni to assist in facilitation of the Chalk It Up community outreach event in down town San Antonio.
What: Diaper Bank
Details: Beta Xi Chapter and Young Risk Professionals of San Antonio volunteered at the Diaper Bank of San Antonio.
|Temple University, Sigma||What: Charity Raffle
Details: Chapter held a 50/50 Charity Raffle benefiting Michael’s Giving HAND at the start of the Wednesday meetings. Officers sold tickets outside of the auditorium, in the auditorium, and in the overflow rooms. Total, this raffle raised over $600 for their Charity of Choice.
What: Campus Clean-Up
Details: Chapter held a campus cleanup event. 41 Chapter members went off-campus in all directions with small groups and picked up trash from the roads and sidewalks. Students returned when their trash bags were full and disposed of the garbage. The members filled 48 bags of trash.
What: Homecoming Bake Sale
Details: Chapter members brought a large amount of baked goods, such as a Gamma cake, red velvet cupcakes, and cookies for the Homecoming Bake Sale. All proceeds from the Bake Sale were donated to Michael’s Giving HAND. The event raised $124.00 for their Charity of Choice.
What: St. John’s Hospice
Details: The Community Affairs Committee held a Committee Meeting in which they made PB&J’s for St. John’s Hospice located in Center City, Philadelphia. Members organized themselves into various stations which made PB&J’s. Over the duration of the meeting, they were able to make 170 PB&J’s.
What: Friends of Schuylkill River Fall Fest
Details: Chapter participated in the Friends of Schuylkill River Fall Fest. This event fulfills the service requirement for RMI3682. The event consisted of a petting zoo, moon bounce, DJ, and food for the whole family. Volunteers assisted with collecting tickets, making food, painting faces, and general cleanup activities.
What: JDRF One Walk
Details: Chapter members volunteered at the JDRF One Walk at the Philadelphia Art Museum. The event aims to create awareness and find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Members that volunteered helped set up the food tent and participated in the opening ceremony.
What: Halloween Bake Sale
Details: Chapter Community Affairs committee held a ‘Halloween’ Bake Sale. The committee members brought a large amount of baked goods, such as cake pops, brownies, chocolate covered pretzels, and cookies. All proceeds from the Bake Sale were donated to Michael’s Giving HAND. They were also able to sell 3 costumes for $15 each. The event raised $153.50 for their Charity of Choice.
What: Gift of Life Family Brunch
Details: Chapter participated in a philanthropic community service event for Gift of Life Family House. The Gift of Life Family House aims to house the families of individuals that have been hospitalized. Attendees cooked breakfast for the family members living in the house. The group volunteered for 2 hours and cooked a breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon, and pancakes. The families were very grateful for the break and appreciated all the work the members put in. This event satisfied the requirement for RMI 3682.
|Troy University, Beta Iota||What: Canned Food Drive
Details: Chapter hosted a canned food drive in advance of their big rivalry game against South Alabama.
|University of Akron, Gamma Beta||What: Canned Food Drive
Details: 20 Chapter members ran a canned food drive, collecting over 215 pounds of food (198 meals).
|University of Alabama, Epsilon||What: Canned Food Drive
Details: All Chapter members participated.
|University of Central Oklahoma, Beta Epsilon||What: Wings Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch
Details: Chapter members volunteered by directing traffic, assisting with ticket and pumpkin sales, and hosting carnival games for this three day event. Wings exists to enhance the lives of adults with developmental disabilities.
What: Regional Food Bank
Details: The Central Oklahoma CPCU Society Chapter organized a volunteer event at the Regional Food Bank. Beta Epsilon chapter members participated at the event. They packaged over 6000 lbs. of food to be sent to children in need.
|University of Connecticut-Storrs, Xi||What: Apple Picking Philanthropy Event
Details: Chapter members went apple picking to donate 40 lbs of apples to a food bank.
|University of Georgia, Eta||What: Northeast Georgia Foodbank Event
Details: At the Northeast Georgia Foodbank, chapter members helped create over 300 bags to feed malnourished children in the Athens area.
|University of Iowa, Beta Alpha||What: Camping the Night Away
Details: 20 Chapter members made goodie bags for the children’s hospital.
|University of Mississippi, Mu||What: Mississippi State Veterans Home
Details: Chapter participated by conversing and playing games with veterans during a tailgating party hosted at the Mississippi State Veterans’ Home. This opportunity provided members with the ability to reach out to the community while honoring veterans for their dedication and service to our country.
|University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Alpha Tau||What: IIACM Golf Tournament
Details: Chapter members volunteered at the IIACM Golf Tournament, assisting with raffles and awards.
|University of North Carolina Texas, Beta Zeta||What: Trash Pick-Up
Details: Chapter members volunteered time to improve the appearance of their city by cleaning up litter around the city and waterways.
|University of Pittsburgh, Beta Tau||What: Boys and Girls Club
Details: Chapter went to hang out, play games, and make crafts with the kids at the boys and girls club.
|University of South Carolina, Lambda||What: University Run
Details: Lambda chapter volunteered at the University Run on RMI Day.
|University of Southern Maine, Beta Sigma||What: Preble Street Soup Kitchen
Details: Chapter members went to the Preble Street Soup Kitchen to make and serve breakfast to people in their community.
|University of St. Thomas, Beta Pi||What: Canned Food Drive
Details: Beta Pi chapter encouraged companies and students to bring food to the career fair that they could donate.
What: Feed My Starving Children
Details: Chapter members packed meals to be shipped around the world to help fight hunger.
|University of Texas at Dallas, Beta Phi||What: Cemetery Clean-Up
Details: Chapter served the community by cleaning headstones at the DFW National Cemetary in collaboration with IICF and Texas Mutual Ins Co.
What: North Texas Food Bank
Details: Chapter collaborated with AIG to help pack 8155 meals collectively.
What: Bake Sale
Details: To raise money to doante to the American Society of Cancer, Beta Phi chapter donated their time and baked goods for a bake sale. We raised $276, the most they have ever raised from a bake sale!
What: Golf Tournament
Details: Beta Phi members were at the Bear Creek Golf Course bright and early to help transport attendees to and from their designated spot on the course.
What: Breast Cancer Walk
Details: Beta Phi proudly continues to support the American Cancer Society’s annual breast cancer walk. With the help of our many members and volunteers, they were able to raise over $1000!
|Virginia Commonwealth University, Alpha Mu||What: Red Door Soup Kitchen
Details: Alpha Mu Chapter volunteered as dishwashers for the Red Door Soup Kitchen.
What: Sails Angels Clean Up
Details: Alpha Mu chapter retrieved about 400lbs of trash from a swampy area off of a lagoon that acts as a debris collector for the James River.
What: Lambs Basket Food Pantry
Details: Chapter members took advantage of VCU’s reading days to help distribute food to needy families at the LAMB’s Basket. They handed out over 5,000 lbs of food to 55 families. The food will feed hundreds of kids, adults, and seniors in Henrico.
What: Backpack Donation
Details: Alpha Mu Chapter donated 32 backpacks, resuable water bottles, and clothes to the Oregon Hill Baptist Center. The backpacks were distributed to the homeless around VCU’s campus.