National Week of Service
May 7-13, 2017
SkillsUSA members are known for their community service efforts. As part of their annual program of work, SkillsUSA asks all chapters to conduct and promote a community service project during the National Week of Service, May 7-13, 2017. You may also conduct and promote your project at any time during the year, then promote it again during the week of service.
This helps commemorate the founding of SkillsUSA (May 8, 1965). Harnessing the power of our combined efforts showcases the good work being done by our students and brings attention to SkillsUSA.
To assist you with carrying out this event, SkillsUSA has created a Community Service Guide and customizable media releases, public service announcements and thank-you letters to help generate publicity for your service event. Free online resources include a Community Service Guide, sample media releases, PSAs, thank-you letters and more. To view or download these resources, go to: www.skillsusa.org/events-training/national-week-of-service/
Available for purchase is the turnkey CD-ROM to help your students organize a community service project: Champions Serving Others CD.
We want to showcase your event!
Connect with SkillsUSA via social media by posting photos of your activities online. Advisors should email a brief description of their chapter’s events to Gayle Silvey at firstname.lastname@example.org. In return, we’ll send the chapter advisor or officer a SkillsUSA logo gift item valued at $15 to say thanks.
Publicize Your Event Locally with our Media Guide
To locate media resources for your community, including contact information for area newspapers, television and radio stations, use our SkillsUSA Advocacy Site. Go to the site, click on Media, enter your zip code and then click on Local Media. Click on the links to see full contact information for each media outlet.
Family-to-Family Service Project
Family-to-Family is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting families or communities that have abundant resources to families or communities that have much less. The program creates a bridge between suburban communities with enough to share and some of our country’s most impoverished areas. The organization supports dozens of needy communities located in nearly 30 states with monthly shipments of food and friendship. There are many different ways to participate from shipping care packages, to collecting and sending used books, or even creating birthday parties in a box for children that never had the opportunity to celebrate their special day. Program members take on the responsibility of shopping for, packing, and sending a carton of necessities to a family they sponsor. Student groups that participate are encouraged to write letters to the families they sponsor, deepening the connection between them. To learn more or to start participating in Family-to-Family at your school, go to: www.family-to-family.org.
Habitat for Humanity
Many local SkillsUSA construction programs volunteer for Habitat for Humanity as there is a natural alignment with the skills students are learning and the skills needed for the organization. Habitat for Humanity International welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information on Habitat for Humanity or to find your local program affiliate, please visit: www.habitat.org.
President’s Volunteer Service Award
SkillsUSA is an official certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Your students’ service volunteer hours count toward this award. Find out more.