Service vs. Charitable Giving: What’s the difference?
As members of Alpha Sigma Alpha, we are encouraged to express our care and concern for others through support of national philanthropic partnerships and local communities. The shared value of generosity unites Alpha Sigma Alpha sisters across the world.
Alpha Sigma Alpha members and chapters are making a difference in their communities on a regular basis. Members are encouraged to impact communities in two ways: through charitable giving and hands-on service. During the annual D.O.T. Days, we focus on donating our time to the community specifically through service efforts.
Hands-on service and charitable giving: what’s the difference?
Alpha Sigma Alpha defines service as the hands-on interaction with a cause, while charitable giving is the term used to describe the collection of goods or money to donate.
Many service activities can involve both service and charitable giving components. Below are examples that differentiate between hands-on service and charitable giving.
|HANDS ON SERVICE||vs.||CHARITABLE GIVING|
|Raking leaves for an elderly neighbor||vs.||Donating rakes to local school|
|Working concessions for free||vs.||Working concessions collecting proceeds|
|Visiting humane society||vs.||Selling cupcakes on campus collecting proceeds
for humane society
|Cleaning up trash in a local park||vs.||Having a food drive on campus|
|Stuffing coach’s boxes for GOTR||vs.||Donating coach box supplies to local GOTR
|Create, host and chaperone a ball||vs.||Donating dresses to local school for dances ball for a local senior home|
|Make and serve soup at a local soup kitchen||vs.||Donating soup to a local soup kitchen|
|Work with the local parks department to build playground equipment||vs.||Donating playground equipment to the parks dept.|
|Work with the local parks department to plant trees in the community||vs.||Hosting a fundraiser to buy trees for local parks|
|Coach a youth sports team||vs.||Hosting a sports equipment drive on campus|
|Work with the local parks department to paint park benches||vs.||Hosting penny wars on campus|
Don’t forget that D.O.T. Days is about donating our time through service. Make sure your planned activities this week fall under the category of hands-on service. Reference the D.O.T. Days Planning Guide for more information.
How are you donating your time through service for D.O.T. Days this year? Share with us!
-Kim Richard, EK, director of events & programs