What is the Community Values Award?
The Community Values Award was devised by the OSU Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) and the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life. All Greek organizations are eligible for the award. The award is given on a yearly basis to the chapter that records the highest average civic engagement hours per member, allowing smaller chapters to compete with larger chapters. This award encourages direct community engagement, which may be overlooked due to the traditional Greek focus on nation-wide philanthropy efforts.
The award benefits Greek Life by:
- Encouraging and integrating more members of the Greek community into the Corvallis community
- Promoting the benefits of being involved with Greek organizations
- Facilitating the positive visibility of Greek life
- Developing professional and meaningful relationships outside of campus
The award benefits the community by:
- Providing increased numbers of volunteers in and service to the community
- Strengthening relationships and partnerships between the Corvallis community and OSU
- Helping community non-profit organizations to achieve their goals for positive social change through volunteer work and increased visibility among students
The award benefits OSU and the Center for Civic Engagement by:
- Ensuring a larger base of volunteers to place into programs, events, and service opportunities
- Creating a connection between the OSU CCE and other campus organizations
- Promoting the visibility of the OSU CCE
- Providing an assessment tool for tracking volunteers in the OSU community
Service, Documentation and Application Steps for Greek organizations:
Step 1) Find a service placement (or many) in one of the following ways:
Visit the CCE office for a consultation of service opportunities or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the CCE web site to view an updated inventory of service opportunities.
Log on to HandsOn Willamette to view community organizations currently seeking volunteers: http://www.handsonw.org/.
Members may also contact the CCE coordinators directly to find service opportunities.
Step 2) VOLUNTEER
Get out and volunteer! If there is a large group, CCE can help organize the service event and/or help provide transportation.
Both direct service (face-to-face, hands on work) and indirect service (administrative, training, etc) hours can be logged. Be aware that donations and participation in philanthropic events will not be counted as a service activity. If chapters are close in service hours, we will evaluate the type of service completed. If you have questions about the different types of service, please contact CCE.
Don’t forget to bring your service tracking form! The service activity supervisor at your site must sign this form (or a volunteer tracking form from your chapter approved by CCE) in order for the activity to be accepted for the CVA and recorded by the CCE.
Step 3) Complete volunteer sign-off and hour tracking form
Volunteer sign-off and tracking forms are available on the CCE website for both individual service and group service events. Make sure your tracking forms are signed by each service activity supervisor. Paperwork must be completed and turned in to CCE. Hours will only be counted if they are recorded on these forms (or another form approved by CCE staff) and turned in by the deadline each quarter.
Forms are due the first day of Dead Week each quarter to be totaled at the end of the calendar year. If service work occurs during finals week or over break, the hours should be submitted during the first week of classes during the next term. The award runs via the calendar, not academic, year and therefore includes winter, spring and fall quarters (summer not included).
Step 4) Submit a final application packet to CCE by Friday, January 23, 2015.
See the CVA Manual for full application details.
Forms are due the first day of Dead Week each quarter (Monday, December 1st for Fall 2014). By the final application deadline, all volunteer sign-off and tracking forms should already be submitted.
The final application must include a written narrative (approximately 2 pages) demonstrating your chapter’s impact on the community. At minimum, please include a summary of your service work and impact on the community, the number of members who participated in service, hours completed, and agencies involved in your report.
Submit completed volunteer sign-off forms and your narrative to CCE, located at SNELL 158. If nobody is in the office, forms can be dropped at Snell 149, the Student Leadership and Involvement front desk, or left in the envelope outside CCE at SNELL 158.
Please send an email confirming the date and location where your application was submitted.
Announcing a winner
The winning chapter will be decided based on the average number of service hours per member and upon the submission of a complete application. Numbers are tallied by counting the average number hours per chapter member. For example: if sorority A has 100 service hours and 50 members, 100/50= 2 hours per member. If sorority B has 100 service hours and 25 members, 100/25= 4 hours per member. Sorority B would be the winner.
Numbers will be tallied during winter term and the winner will be announced via email to Bob Kerr, Facebook, the CCE website, and the CCE and Greek Life email list. The winning organization will receive a custom certificate from the OSU CCE and the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life, and recognition at the annual Greek Awards Ceremony in the spring. In addition, the winner will be announced in the Barometer and the CCE will send a letter of recognition to the national headquarters of the winning chapter to commend the winning chapter’s work.