With just a few days left of summer, it is time to get back into DECA season! One of the four pillars of DECA is being community oriented. DECA takes pride in its contributions to the community, whether it be International DECA’s partnership with MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) or Florida DECA’s Helping Hands Drives. In addition to these large-scale community service campaigns, it is also important to have chapter-level community service.
A great way to take a fun approach to community involvement is by hosting chapter events that benefit an organization. The events should have a central theme or activity that will draw members to attend. Members can pay an entrance fee to the event, or there can be donation buckets. The idea behind these events is that they will raise money for an organization in need.
Some event ideas include:
• ice cream or pizza socials
• movie nights
• kickball tournaments
• scavenger hunts
• zumba/yoga nights
If you really want to engage the community, open your chapter’s event to your whole school or city. By doing so, you can advertise your chapter to people who are not in DECA, as well as increase fundraising towards the organization.