The Helping Hands Initiative

Helping_Hand_InitiativeWhat can a fraternity do to benefit the community in which it is located? Simply put, get involved. So, how do we get involved? How do we determine which organizations to help?

There are numerous community organizations that need the help of fraternities and sororities. From volunteer work to fundraising efforts, fraternity and sorority members bring added enthusiasm and exuberance needed by these organizations to fulfill their missions and efforts. The challenge for a fraternity chapter is choosing which organization and effort to support. Sigma Nu Fraternity has established the Helping Hand Initiative to help make this decision easier.

The Helping Hand Partners consists of three philanthropic and service-based organizations whose efforts are closely related to the mission of Sigma Nu. The Helping Hand Partners are: The Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards, CHARACTER COUNTS!, Habitat-for-Humanity, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Participation in the Helping Hand Initiative will benefit not only the community, but will benefit the collegiate chapters and members of Sigma Nu as well. By participating in the Helping Hand Initiative, chapter members will continue to build various skills such as: Project Management, Communication Skills, Networking Skills and Leadership Development. The collegiate chapters will also benefit by improving community relations, building a positive chapter image and furthering the brotherhood of the chapter.

The Helping Hand Initiative exhibits a flexible, multi-faceted model of organizational interaction established to meet not only the needs of Sigma Nu chapters, but the needs of the community organization(s) with whom the chapters are working. The Helping Hand Initiative was NOT established to replace any community service or philanthropic traditions that may exist at any individual chapter. Rather, the Helping Hand Initiative was established to further the efforts of the collegiate chapters in regard to community service and philanthropy. The Helping Hand Initiative was established to promote the service and philanthropic efforts of the collegiate chapters and place Sigma Nu members, everywhere, in a position to realize the benefits and satisfaction of being a servant leader.