April 27, 2024

Finding Your Starting Point: A Guide to Volunteering with Phi Sigma Pi


Volunteering holds a special place in the heart of every Phi Sigma Pi member. It's not just about giving back; it's about living our Tripod of scholarship, leadership, and fellowship. However, if you're not sure where to start, we're here to guide you. Keep reading to explore how you can find your starting point and get involved in volunteering with Phi Sigma Pi's service partners and beyond.

Members at Syracuse University plant trees.
Members at Syracuse University plant trees.


1. Reflect on Your Passions and Skills

Take some time to reflect on what causes resonate with you and how your skills can contribute to positive change. Do you want to help those in your local community in need? Maybe you’re interested in working with animals, passionate about protecting the environment, or want to volunteer in a healthcare setting. No matter where your interests lie, there’s a way to use your passion for good. 


2. Explore Phi Sigma Pi's Service Partners

Phi Sigma Pi has established partnerships with various nonprofit organizations and community service agencies across the country. These service partners offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities in areas such as education, healthcare, and social justice. Take a look at some of Phi Sigma Pi's key service partners!


- Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY): HOBY's mission is to inspire and develop youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. Contact Zakkiyya Taylor at taylorz@hoby.org to get involved.


- Gift of Life Marrow Registry: Help recruit new blood stem cell and bone marrow donors to save the lives of blood cancer patients. Contact Traci Ackerman at tackerman@giftoflife.org to host a drive or for questions.


- Extra Life: Participate in gaming events to bring awareness and raise funds for your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Contact Abbey Conrad at aconrad@cmnhospitals.org to get involved.


- Learn to Be: Support students from under-resourced communities by becoming a virtual tutor through Learn to Be. Contact Emily Darcy at emily.darcy@learntobe.org to get involved.


- President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA): Phi Sigma Pi members are eligible to receive the PVSA in recognition of their annual volunteer service. Report your service hours here. Achieve a minimum of 100 hours of service to receive the award package.


4. Start with Local Initiatives

Consider starting small with local initiatives and community events. Attend a neighborhood clean-up, volunteer at a local soup kitchen, or participate in a fundraising walk or run. These smaller-scale opportunities provide a great way to get involved and make a positive impact in your community. Check out your university’s website as a starting point to find events you can easily sign up for!


6. Volunteer Virtually

In today's digital age, there are plenty of virtual volunteering opportunities available for those who prefer to contribute remotely. Whether it's participating in virtual fundraising events, offering online tutoring sessions, or assisting with social media campaigns, there are many ways to make a difference from the comfort of your own home.


Once you've identified volunteering opportunities that resonate with you, whether through Phi Sigma Pi's service partners or other organizations, it's time to take the leap and get involved! Remember, every act of service, no matter how small, contributes to positive change and makes a difference in the lives of others.