Delta Upsilon and the Global Service Initiative (GSI).
We give. We serve.
At the James Madison Chapter, the Global Service Initiative (GSI) is an important part of our member experience. We believe service to others is the best example of what fraternity and brotherhood are all about. That's why we enjoy the time we spend engaged in philanthropic activities that support GSI and its mission. We are both proud and excited to share with you that through the financial accomplishments completed by our chapter, we are able to continue our relationship with GSI. Thanks to the generosity of people like you, we are able to make a major difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
WHAT IS THE GLOBAL SERVICE INITIATIVE?
The Global Service Initiative is a unique, award-winning educational program that Delta Upsilon is proud to offer to its members. GSI serves a dual role as not only the international philanthropy of the Fraternity, but also as the international service program of DU. Realizing the importance of creating powerful experiences that prepare young men for success in a new global environment, Delta Upsilon developed GSI to do just that. GSI offers members a unique opportunity to engage in direct service in developing nations and the United States, while uniting their actions with the Principles of the Fraternity. Developing global awareness and cultural competencies through our work is of significant importance to Delta Upsilon. We choose to create this experience in Jamaica because we have the relations necessary to work with the local government, to connect with local schools and to engage in the local culture customs of Negril, Jamaica. We also offer a domestic trip in Washington D.C. and work closely with local agencies to address areas of need. Our current partnership is with an organization founded by a Delta Upsilon alumnus who is working to eradicate poverty in the D.C. area. Philanthropy events such as chili suppers, car shows, bowl-a-thons and haunted houses have all been organized by chapters across North America to raise money for various GSI needs. These needs include building materials, cement, lumber and tools to do the work required onsite. DU chapters raise and donate approximately $75,000 to GSI each academic year. The GSI service-immersion trip is a seven-day experience to Jamaica or Washington D.C. with brothers from across the country. For the entire week, members are engaged in direct, hands-on service. Additionally, each day includes educational programming and evening reflection designed to help participants explore how they have been impacted and influenced by their experience, while engage in conversation regarding the Fraternity's Four Founding Principles. The service component of the experience in Jamaica centers on the construction of additions to area schools. In Washington D.C. we work with a local agency whose mission is to eradicate poverty. Regardless of what experience is chosen, we work together to explore a new culture, put our values into action and build connections that will last a lifetime. This year we built a dining hall addition to a primary school in rural Jamaica and volunteered to eradicate poverty in our nation's capital.
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While your donations go directly to the supplies needed on-site, Delta Upsilon has created an incentive program for chapters who raise more than our $1,000 annual goal. If our chapter raises $3,000, one participant from the chapter may secure a spot on a GSI trip (not including travel expenses). If we reach $5,500, two participants from our chapter secure a spot (not including travel expenses). If our chapter reaches $10,000, three participants from our chapter are covered for a GSI trip (not including travel expenses).
Want to learn more about the Global Service Initiative?
Follow the GSI Blog, where undergraduates post their stories and photos from the current trips.Watch some our highlights from the 2013 GSI trips. See for yourself what GSI is all about here.Visit our YouTube page to view more GSI footage. For more information about GSI, please contact Director of Global Initiatives, Kaye Schendel. If you are a Member and would like more information on fundraising and resources, please click here.