Sisters are required to achieve a minimum of 15 hours of service in four of the areas of service to remain in good standing with the chapter. Many of our sisters go above and beyond the requirements. Last year as a chapter, we logged over 1,000 hours of community service! Please contact our Service Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our service events.
Areas of Service
This area of service gives us the opportunity to make our campus a better place, and give back to our peers at Georgia Tech! In the past we have given out hot chocolate and candy on Dead Week, participated in Tech Beautification day, and much more!
For the community at large projects, we go out into the Atlanta area and volunteer wherever we’re needed! Whether it is getting down and dirty cleaning up a cemetery or park or playing with cats at a shelter, there are always fun ways to help! This year, we are making tokens for the Cafe 458.
“The easiest way to make a friend is to be one.” This area of service is a lot of fun because you get to serve your sisters and get to know them a little better. These projects include swapping secret sister gifts, decorating valentine’s bags, and sometimes even visiting another chapter.
It can be easy to forget about the world outside of Georgia Tech and Atlanta, but this project helps us help those in need outside of the United States. These projects include sending letters to soldiers, participating in Global Soap, Books for Africa, Medshare, and many more. This year, we are also competing in a competition of sorts with other chapters of OPA to see which chapter can donate the most rice using Free Rice.
Mental Health—The national Permanent Project is mental health. Designated in 1971 during the national Convention, mental health was purposefully chosen after former National President Susan Terzian passed away suddenly in a car accident. Mental health was the national project she had chosen at the time.
In this area of service, we focus on everything from helping eliminate stress, to helping out at foundations for those with mental disabilities. In the past, we have participated in projects at Gigi’s playhouse, FOCUS (Family’s of Children Under Stress), and Project Open Hand, and other great mental health awareness projects.
Every year, the national president chooses a project area that’s close to her heart.
2018-19 President’s Project (Building Two Thousand Bridges)—
A matter that concerns many of us in today’s society is that we are slowly losing the ability to communicate effectively with one another. Conversations tend to be one-sided, and people lack any real desire to try to understand a different point of view. This type of “us vs. them” behaviour breeds intolerance and disrespect—putting up walls between us. The 2018 President’s Project aims to change that by building bridges instead of walls. You each can help lead the way. All it takes is a kind word or random act of kindness. Together we can build “Two Thousand Bridges” and pave the way back to civility—one conversation at a time. #OPAbridges
Partial List of Service Partners
Throughout OPA’s history, chapters and alumnae have partnered with various national and local organizations and causes.
American Cancer Society
Books for Africa
Boys and Girls Clubs
Eat So They Can
Feed My Starving Children
Girl Scouts of America
Habitat for Humanity
Humane Society / ASPCA
Local food pantries and banks
Local senior centers and retirement homes
Love Yourself Project
Nothin’ but Nets
Operation Welcome Home
Reading is Fundamental
Ronald McDonald House
Sponsor-a-Street Clean Up
St. Baldrick’s Foundation
THON (Children’s Hospital Dance Marathon)
Threads of Hope
Toys for Tots
Wounded Warrior Project