Giving Back This Holiday Season

It’s finally the time of year to spread Holiday cheer!  

As the Holiday’s grow closer, take the time to strengthen the bonds within your chapter. There are many people within your community, campus, or even chapter that are not as fortunate as those who are around them.  

While there are many ways you could give back to those around you, this blog narrows down a few options that will help guide you this holiday season.  

 

Volunteer Drives

Another way to contribute to the community is organize a food or clothing drive on campus or within the community to help the needy. When considering a drive, make sure to contact the local food bank or shelter to see what items are acceptable and not acceptable. Be sure to ask what items are needed the most, so that when you are advertising you can give examples of what to bring. Some common examples of things to collect are canned goods and non-perishables for food banks, and jackets for winter clothing drives. 

 

Community Awareness

If you’re not fortunate enough to be able to spare perishables or clothes there are still other ways to give back, specifically to the community. Shoveling a sidewalk or driveway for a neighbor is a great way to spread the holiday spirit. Another way to give back to the community is by volunteering, some great options are national organizations such as Feed My Starving Children or Habitat for Humanity. You can focus more locally with animal shelters, retirement communities or even elementary schools in need of tutors. Volunteering with your chapter helps create strong bonds and relationships with a deeper meaning than just having a surface relationship.

 

Seasonal Philanthropy

A well timed philanthropy can be a huge success in raising money for charity, a perfect idea for a winter philanthropy event is selling hot chocolate, hot coffee or apple cider. Warm drinks are always a hit on cold days and all three are very easy to prepare and serve. Whether it be for a local or national charity, an event like this is sure to be a festive success.

 

After your chapter has built bonds and relationships within the community, take the relationship building back to the chapter house and do an activity that focuses on the brotherhood/sisterhood of your chapter. Whether that be decorating the chapter house or hosting your own 25 days of Christmas Moviethon, or simply just hanging out.