National Service Week: Serve-A-Thon
Omega Phi Alpha recognizes the first week of November each year as National Service Week. In conjunction with this week, Omega Phi Alpha has developed a National Service Week Serve-A-Thon that incorporates service and supports our members and their communities.
Many of us have taken part in walk-a-thons or bike-a-thons, or even read-a-thons at some point. Omega Phi Alpha’s National Serve-A-Thon is very similar, but instead of walking, biking, or reading, OPA sisters will be serving and reaching out to fellow members for sponsorship.
How It Works
Chapters will select a hands-on service project to be performed during National Service Week. They will ask alumnae to sponsor an individual sister for up to five hours of service at the current federal minimum wage rate ($7.25). That works out up to a maximum of $36.25 per sponsored sister. Money raised from each project will be sent to the chapter’s national treasury to be used to pay for, or supplement, the chapter’s convention travel.
This is an excellent opportunity to give back to an OPA active chapter to support them and their service efforts. While they are making a difference in their community, alumnae can help make a difference to a chapter for all their hard work. For 2017, the participating chapters are Alpha Pi, Alpha Theta, Alpha Beta, Upsilon, and Nu.
How to Participate
Alumnae will get an email asking them to be a sponsor in the Serve-A-Thon. Alumnae may also receive a message from an active sister asking to be sponsored. The chapter will provide information on the sister to be sponsored, the length of the project, and more. You don’t need to be an alum from any of the participating chapters in order to sponsor them.
When the service project is completed, the sponsor will be contacted with the total amount of hours worked on the project (up to five), the amount the sponsor owes, and instructions on how to make payment on their pledge. The donation will immediately be put into the chapter’s national savings account.
If you elect not to sponsor a specific sister, you can still make a general donation to any of the participating chapters.