So I’ll be honest, I had no idea that the 15th was National Philanthropy Day until about 2 minutes ago. I had already written and edited a long style post for Thanksgiving and was planning on uploading that today, but I’m postponing that now until tomorrow. Instead, I wanted to take some time to talk about the amazing philanthropies I’ve been able to be a part of and give you ideas on how you can get involved with them as well.
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
My heart is filled with so much love for St. Jude and respect and admiration for the kiddos who stay there. I got introduced to St. Jude through my sorority, and served as our chapters assistant for philanthropy. Working as the assistant taught me so much about what all Tri Delta has done for St. Jude. Since partnering as it’s National Philanthropic Partner in 1999, Delta Delta Delta has raised over $55 million dollars for St. Jude. And people have definitely noticed! Town and Country magazine named Tri Delta as one of the most prestigious sororities across the country. Their reason? The “Best Charity Partnership.” My chapter did a softball game, letter writing campaign, and an ice cream social for the 2016-2017 school year, and it was such a humbling (and fun!!) experience to be apart of!
- Love Your Melon
When I transferred and knew my school didn’t have a Tri Delta, I knew that I still wanted to get involved. After sending in a little application, I was accepted into the Grand Valley State University Love Your Melon Campus Crew. Say that 10x fast. If you don’t know, LYM sells apparel and beanies, with 50% of all of their profits given to pediatric cancer research. So far over $2 million dollars has been given. They also have given out over 100,000 of their beanies to kids with cancer. Being on the Crew allows me to spread the word about LYM, and meet kids battling cancer in the Grand Rapids area. We can take them on “superhero adventures,” which includes things like princess parties, football games, etc. It’s all up to the kiddo. Recently, through LYM I volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in Grand Rapids. It was a great experience to give back and see the difference that just a couple of hours can make.
To Get Involved: Support the LYM mission by buying a beanie HERE. Make sure to see how you can get involved with your local college’s LYM crew, whether that be by participating in events or by seeing if you can join.
Finding a philanthropy that you really care for is truly something special. Getting involved doesn’t need to be big, it needs to be meaningful. I know it’s really easy to get caught up in all the excitement of the holiday season, but take some time to find a way to give back at home. Ring bells for the Salvation Army, send food in to the local homeless shelter, see if there’s a nursing home that could use some volunteers. There’s always something you can do.