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Community Service Challenge

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Community Service Challenge

Serve the community as a community.
Team up with your FSILG or dorm to make an impact. Together.

As unique MIT communities, each fraternity, sorority, independent living group and dorm (FSILG&D) is challenged to unite around community service. Every chapter or residential community is encouraged to collectively track their community service efforts between February and April so that a shared ethic of service can be promoted and celebrated. At the end of this period, teams will report accomplishments to the MIT Public Service Center (PSC). Service achievements will be publically recognized and one team will be awarded the Service Cup.

Why Participate?

This program provides a structure to channel the unity of your FSILG or dorm in order to inspire and strengthen commitments to community service. Get involved to learn how to initiate service projects, strengthen your relationship with your team, and have additional motivation to share your many talents with the community.

Get Involved

Every chapter or residential community can register a team and participate in this effort to promote and celebrate a shared ethic of service. In order to maximize impact, teams are asked to primarily focus efforts around a service theme of their choosing. This theme can be as broad as poverty, community development or health; but it can also be as specific as hunger, substance abuse, or disabilities. Regardless of the selected theme, teams can start fresh with new service partnerships or revive existing service commitments.

While there can be a wide range of involvement levels in this service challenge, at least one member per group is needed to volunteer as a team leader. Team leaders serve as a liaison between the PSC and their FSILG or dorm. This involves registering a team, encouraging the group to serve, tracking team service, and reporting accomplishments to the PSC at the end of the challenge. Please note that it is not necessary for a team leader to single-handedly initiate service projects for his/her group. The PSC can serve as a mentor as you and your team initiate service projects with non-profit organizations. The Team Resources page is a great place to start for guidance.

Recognition

Throughout this challenge, teams are asked to demonstrate what they have learned about their community and the process of engaging with it, as well as the impact their service has had on the community. By April 23, teams must submit a 1-2 page Team Achievement report that describes public service accomplishments both quantitatively and qualitatively. An unbiased panel will judge the submissions based on quantitative results, impact on the community, demonstration of learning, and year-round service.

All teams that actively participate in the challenge and report accomplishments have the opportunity to receive positive publicity throughout the challenge. The team that exhibits the most outstanding commitment to service will be publically celebrated and awarded with the Service Cup to be exhibited in the winning house or dorm. Winning teams receive an award of $2,000 to be used for either a major service project undertaking in the following year or for an alternative spring break team project for 2014. Plus, participants on every team will be invited to a catered celebration in April.