DECA Makes a Difference in Communities Around the World
An important part of DECA’s guiding principles is to be community oriented. Each year, DECA members like you have the opportunity to make a lasting impact. From DECA corporate partnerships to chapter initiatives, you can get started at any scale.
Here is a brief overview of just some of the amazing ways DECA changes lives in communities across the globe:
1. MDA Partnership
For over 35 years, DECA has partnered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to raise money and awareness. This initiative helps to support MDA summer camp, which provides children struggling with muscular dystrophy and related muscle-debilitating diseases a chance to defy limits and gain new experiences during “the best week of the year.”
Get your chapter involved by fundraising at your school, participating in a Miracle Minute at a district or association Conference, or participate in the DECA 5K Run/Walk at #DECAICDC. This year, you can even be recognized on stage the #DECAICDC opening ceremony if you’re part of one of the top three fundraising chapters.
2. Association-Wide Campaign Participation
Many associations lead a community service campaign that usually culminates at their association Career Development Conference. These campaigns can benefit MDA or any cause of your association’s choice. Past campaigns have included volunteering at soup kitchens during conferences, buying Build-a-Bears to donate to children’s hospitals, or collecting shoes to donate to Buckner International.
To get involved with your association’s campaign, reach out to your association officers or ask your chapter advisor.
3. Monthly Chapter Events
A simple way that you can get involved at the local level is by holding monthly chapter service opportunities. This is as simple as talking with your chapter officers and deciding on a local event to volunteer at. You can also run a school-wide drive to collect items to donate to a charity of your choice.
By holding a monthly service opportunity, chapter members can earn service hours for a graduation requirement and make an impact through DECA. Some general ideas for what you can get involved with include:
- Volunteering at a 5K
- Reaching out to your local government and finding municipal events to help with
- Running a canned goods drive around Thanksgiving
- Collect used coats to donate to a homeless shelter
- Volunteer with your chapter at a soup kitchen
- Collect stuffed animals to donate to the Police & Fire Department
- Read to patients in a children’s hospital or visit the elderly in a senior home
- Have a bake sale to raise money for a local charity
- Participate in the Great American Cleanup around Earth Day
- Host a charity concert to benefit a local cause
Whichever service opportunity that you decide on, know that you have the ability to Own Your Future as a community oriented leader!
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