National Week of Service
May 8-14, 2016
We invite all of our chapters to conduct or promote a community service project during the week of May 8-14, 2016. This will help commemorate the founding of SkillsUSA as well as harness the power of our combined efforts to showcase the good work being done by our student members and bring attention to Career and Technical Education, and the value of SkillsUSA. With more time for chapters to plan their community service efforts, we hope to increase the number of chapters participating and therefore gain more local and national media attention for our efforts.
To assist you with planning and carrying out this event, we created a downloadable Community Service Guide and Community Service Checklist and provided you with customizable media releases, PSAs, Proclamation and Thank-You Letters to help generate publicity for your service event.
We want to showcase your event!
Advisors are encouraged to submit a National Week of Service project report to the national office by May 15. Photos are also appreciated. Send your reports and photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org. The first 50 chapters that report Week of Service plans will receive a free item.
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.