We Challenged You! How Did You Respond?

Laura Stelsel is director of marketing & communications at Kappa Delta Pi.

#NiceBucketYou might remember about two months ago, we began a project to make a difference in the lives of others every day. This Nice Bucket Challenge, which sprang from a response to the popular Ice Bucket Challenge, was a test for our staff, and boy, they have stepped up.

Today, October 25, is Make A Difference Day. USA WEEKEND Magazine, established this day to “recognize the everyday people whose contributions improve communities and better lives.”

We thought it was the perfect occasion to catch you up on how KDP staffers have been making a difference—in small ways each day—in the lives of others since August.

So far, our staff members have completed 70 acts of kindness, like:

  • Ambre and Zumba instructorBrought snacks to an after school tutoring program,
  • Signed up to volunteer with the United Way, an organization with which one of our staffers had always meant to get involved,
  • Gotten involved with More Love Letters and Love for the Elderly,
  • Paid it forward at Starbucks,
  • Made one positive change in their own lives (see Ambre’s picture with her new Zumba instructor!),
  • Donated school supplies to an organization that needed them,
  • And so much more.

I think if you’d ask any of our staff members, these simple acts took little time and effort on their part and made them, and those on the receiving end of their acts, feel absolutely fantastic.

And, if you remember from the post back in August, we challenged YOU to the Nice Bucket Challenge, too. So, what have you done, or are you going to do, to make a difference today? Share your ideas with us!

Take Our Nice Bucket Challenge!

Laura Stelsel is director of marketing & communications at Kappa Delta Pi.

Last week, Executive Director Faye Snodgress and I were challenged by our KDP co-worker, Assistant Director of Membership & Chapter Services Chris Beaman, to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Faye and I were going to make a donation to ALS (and a few other organizations that are dear to us) regardless, but we didn’t want to back down from Chris and his challenge. We’re a competitive bunch over here.

We were all ready to take the challenge together on Friday–we’d each brought a towel and a change of clothes to work–but before we did, we had a thought. While dumping a bucket of ice-cold water on your head is certainly a challenge, the act is over quickly. What if we were challenged to bring about good not just for one day, but every day?

So, Faye and I came up with an alternative: the KDP NICE Bucket Challenge.

On Friday, there were 131 days left in 2014, so we filled a bucket with 131 acts of goodness and kindness. We’ve challenged KDP staff to empty the bucket and complete all of the acts of kindness by Dec. 31, 2014.

We’ll be documenting our efforts throughout the year using the hashtag #NICEBucketChallenge. 

We’re also challenging YOU to the Nice Bucket Challenge! Do you think you can complete an act of kindness every day for the rest of the year?



Jump on the Literacy Alive! Bandwagon

Anne Boley is event and executive coordinator at Kappa Delta Pi.

Literacy Alive! project flyerKDP Headquarters staff has jumped on the Literacy Alive! bandwagon, and we thought you might enjoy hearing about our involvement in KDP’s signature service project.

We are working on a magazine harvest project for MagazineLiteracy.org. It’s such a simple concept and so easy to implement, yet it can have profound effects on promoting literacy.

Here’s how it works: staff, with the help of friends, family and neighbors, are collecting magazines of all types that are in good condition. We donate these to MagazineLiteracy.org, and they offer them to various organizations in need of reading materials for children and families. The magazines might go to a homeless shelter, a school program, or possibly a job training program.

Magazine collection editWe are recycling magazines while helping with literacy at the same time. It’s a great project that combines our focus on sustainability with our focus on literacy.

Our initial goal was to collect 500 magazines by July 1. We have already passed that goal and are setting a new goal of 1,000 magazines! It’s always amazing to see what people can accomplish when they work together.