To inspire service to our community, OΔK hosts a National Day of Service each year. In 2020, OΔK’s National Day of Service was held Thursday, April 9. Check out the inspiring stories of leadership and service here.
This year, we are also recommending some virtual ways to be engaged in service activities:
- Give blood. Click here to make an appointment.
- Support local small businesses. Order take-out from your favorite restaurant, buy a gift certificate to use later, or shop online with a local business.
- Clean out your food pantry, and share it with your local food bank if you are able.
- Send letters of support to individuals who are in nursing and assisted living homes in your town.
- Become a virtual volunteer by serving as an online tutor, crisis counselor, Wikipedia editor, translator, and mental health advocate for current military service personnel and veterans.
- Donate your collection of hotel and travel toiletries to those who are place-bound.
We would love to hear about your National Day of Service experience so we can share exceptional service projects and programs in The Circle magazine, in our electronic communications, and on our website. Share your stories with us by completing this form. Or, if you have questions about planning your circle’s National Day of Service, please feel free to contact us. We may be reached at [email protected] or (540) 458-5336.
Three Ways to Volunteer
In other years, there are three ways your circle or an individual can get involved and give back:
- Volunteer individually or as a group with an established nonprofit
- Plan and execute a small-scale service project that members of your circle can complete together
- Plan and execute a campus-wide service project that is open to participants who are not members of OΔK
Deciding on a Great Project
If you’re thinking about launching your own project, here are some ideas to get you started:
- Prepare and serve meals at a homeless shelter
- Remove graffiti from a building, paint a mural, or clean up a public space
- Bring meals to homebound neighbors
- Make a public space accessible
- Build a playground or community garden
- Organize and participate in a neighborhood watch program
- Collect clothing, canned goods, and other items for a local shelter
- Register bone marrow and organ donors
- Perform small chores and home maintenance projects for the elderly
- Host a health fair
- Teach seniors how to use technology
- Sponsor a legal clinic
- Create craft projects for children in hospitals
You might also want to check out the following websites for more ideas:
- United We Serve
- Hands On Network
- Corporation for National and Service
- MLK Jr. Day
- USA Weekend
- The Arc