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Care Packages for the Women Shelter – Omega ΤΒΣ

The Omega chapter for TBS made 50 care packages for a local women’s shelter. In the care packages were essential feminine products such as: deodorant, tooth paste, tooth brush, tampons, soap, wash cloth, and face wash. After the care packages were put together we delivered them to the women’s shelter.

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Dance Marathon – Psi/Epsilon Kappa

UCLA Dance Marathon is the largest student-run philanthropic event on the west coast, benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and other related organizations. Though we have formed Chapter teams in the past, this year we decided to extend that invitation to the entire marching band, and organized a team — setting both team and individual goals, and helping each individual to fundraise and participate to their fullest potential. We also found ways of involving those who weren’t quite ready to dance for 26 straight hours, encouraging people to participate in fundraisers and as moralers.

Date:
February 16-17, 2008
Location:
This event was held on campus, at Ackerman Grand Ballroom.
Length:
26 hours of dancing + time for registration, fundraising, and related meetings
Time spent preparing/executing:
20 hours / 26 hours
Active members participating/total:
30 members on the team + 20 moralers / 65 (88 with candidates)
Estimated audience demographic:
We had two main demographics in mind. Firstly, we wanted to encourage all 250 band members to participate in this highly anticipated and much-cherished event. Knowing that most people only dance if part of a team, we hoped that creating and leading a band team would push more members of the band to get involved in the fight against Pediatric AIDS. Most importantly, however, we did it for the kids. The efforts of Dance Marathon will go to help the 40.3 million people living with HIV/AIDS, including the 2.3 million children under the age of fifteen.
Preparation for the event:
One of the most difficult and important aspects of Dance Marathon is the fundraising each team must do in order to participate. With a brother and a sister on the Dance Marathon steering committee, we recognized early on the importance of the event itself, along with all the different facets of this experience. Having created the team in November, the team quickly set goals, including raising $9000 dollars for the cause. Many creative fundraising ideas aimed at involving the entire joint Chapters were brought up, including selling PsiEK (candy) grams. Team members also attended various information meetings, which kept members up-to-date on details of the upcoming event. The week of the event, our dedicated dancers also prepared their mind and bodies for the grueling 26 hours of dancing, eating healthier and sleeping more than the average college student would.
Details of the event:
This year, over Presidents’ Day weekend, Dance Marathon at UCLA experienced another monumental weekend of campus unity, performance, entertainment, energy, education, and an increasing and ongoing commitment to the fight against Pediatric AIDS. Each year, thousands of participants dance for 26 straight hours to acknowledge the battle of children suffering from AIDS by fighting their own personal battle: staying on their feet for the entire duration of the event. This year, in forming a band team, we were able to involve more people than ever before. In addition to this team, we also set times for brothers and sisters to come morale, dancing in shorter three hour shifts to keep their fellow team members motivated and excited. In total, our team was able to earn close to $8000!
Challenges faced during event/areas for improvement:
Though we were able to enlist more people to fight the cause, we were unfortunately unable to meet our goal of $9000. However, in the future, we plan on publicizing this event and our team earlier and more effectively. We also plan on using our creative abilities to come up with new fundraisers, and tapping new resources. We also want to continue to involve more and more people, even extending our moraling groups to the band.

Care Packages for the Women Shelter – Omega ΤΒΣ

The Omega chapter for TBS made 50 care packages for a local women’s shelter. In the care packages were essential feminine products such as: deodorant, tooth paste, tooth brush, tampons, soap, wash cloth, and face wash. After the care packages were put together we delivered them to the women’s shelter.

Date:
November 18, 2007
Location:
Shopping: Target, Care Package Assembly: Manzita-Mohave (Dorm Room), Delivery: Women’s Shelter
Length:
1.5 hours
Time spent preparing/executing:
3 hours / 2.5 hours
Active members participating/total:
18 / 10
Estimated audience demographic:
Abuse and battered women who don’t have a place to live
Preparation for the event:
The members of the TBS Omega chapter began to discus helping the local women’s shelter. We talked about what type of necessities every women needs to live a functional life. As a chapter we made a final decision on deodorant, tooth paste, tooth brush, tampons, soap, wash cloth, and face wash. A few members went shopping at Target to find travel size products that would fit into a wash cloth bundle. After shopping the candidates got together and built 50 care packages. They used the white wash cloth as a wrap. We place all of the travel size products inside the wash cloth. The packages were tied off with silk ribbon and a note of inspiration.
Details of the event:
Several members carpooled over to the women’s shelter. Due to the severity of the cases that the women’s shelter deals with the location can not be disclosed. However, there was brief interaction between the executive staff and our members. Our members were able to learn about the organization at hand and made the lives of several women a little bit easier.
Challenges faced during event/areas for improvement:
The hardest challenge we faced dealt solely with putting the packages together. The wash cloth was not big enough to wrap all of the materials together. We wish there was more that our group could do but due to so underlying factors we used our resources to the best of our abilities.

Change Bandits – Eta Omega

Participated in a Fresno area wide project to benefit Valley Children’s Hospital. Collected change and donations from community and Fresno State Students.

Date:
September 16th-29th, 2007
Location:
Both on and off campus.
The event was held on campus and within the local community. Specifically targeted was the Marching Band and Fresno State Student body.
Length:
Two weeks
Time spent preparing/executing:
Two hours spent ordering and compiling materials for distribution to the sisters. /
Hours varied depending on individual participation. All sisters spent several hours over the few weeks soliciting donations. Extra time was spent to speak to all large ensembles in the music department and a large scale effort was made towards acquiring donations from the marching band.
Active members participating/total:
16+3 / 20
Estimated audience demographic:
There were at least five hundred people involved.
Preparation for the event:
Materials had to be requested from Children’s Hospital and organized to fit the needs of our chapter. There was an education sessions for the sisters so that they understood all the details of the project. Change bandit bags, flyers and stickers were the only supplies necessary as well as a positive and outgoing attitude towards service.
Details of the event:
Over four hundred dollars were collected by our chapter, which contributed to a total of $619,752.36 collected through the Change Bandits program and the accompanying radio-thon. This annual drive has raised over three million dollars from its instillation in 1999 to donate directly to Valley Children’s Hospital. Sister asked their friends, family, coworkers, classmates and fellow band members to donate to the cause. Special shirts were worn to remind people to donate as well as numerous announcements during musical ensembles. The 275 piece marching band was challenged to each bring a dollar and the students responded very favorably. The quest to bring support to the local children’s hospital is something that nearly everyone can feel connected to. Even students who are always desperate for money find it in their hearts to give. The wonderful thing about this program is each person only has to give a few cents to make a big difference. It was truly rewarding to bring this program to our peers and open their eyes to the difference they made in their community. We have every intention of repeating this program every year.
Challenges faced during event/areas for improvement:
Next time we should start preparation a little sooner so we can have more time to collect money. I also think with more time we could spread the project to more of the campus and in turn make more money for the hospital.

Goodwill Clothing Drive – Beta Omicron

We worked with the Local Goodwill. We made a competition in the band among the secionts to bring in the most stuff, clothes and electronics, etc. We brought in over 750 plus pounds of clothes and a lot of other electronics and games and toys.

Date:
November 1st to November 21st, 2007
Location:
People just brought their donations to the band field for marching band practice
Length:
An ongoing project throughout the month of November
Time spent preparing/executing:
A couple hours of meeting with the Goodwill reps and then coming up with how the project would unfold. /
10 hours total, people would just drop off the stuff and really the time was moving and organizing the donations for when the Goodwill people came to pick it all up.
Active members participating/total:
25 / 32
Estimated audience demographic:
Low-Income Families
Preparation for the event:
I, as the Vice President of Service, called and met up with Sara Turley, the Public Relations person for the Local Goodwill. We had a few dinner meetings to discuss logistics of the project. Then I made numerous announcements to the band the two weeks leading up to the start of the project and throughout the project I made reminders and we gathered up donations at the end of each rehearsal.
Details of the event:
The event was very smooth and self-sustaining. People would bring in their donations in trash bags with their section names on them and we would pile them into brother’s cars and store them in our office until the pick up day.
Challenges faced during event/areas for improvement:
Next time I would try to come up with a better grand-prize, one that would be more tangible such as a weekly challenge, not an over all one. Also, I would try to create better flyers and just hype it up more. I think we should also open it up to the School of Music students to try and bring in even more donations.

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