Although Sigma Alpha Iota is not primarily a service organization, helping others brings many rewards to the chapter and to each individual member.
The service can benefit people of any age. It can benefit the music department or the whole college. It can be done in the community. It can benefit Sigma Alpha Iota beyond the local chapter. It can be musical or non-musical, but since SAIs are musicians, it makes sense that SAI service should be musical in nature or to benefit the cause of music.
The ideas below were taken from SAI's Tempo! newsletter. Another good source of ideas is the SAI listserv.
If you would like to submit an idea to the page, please describe it in detail and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, chapter and contact information.
Beta Alpha (Florida State University, Tallahassee) held a Thanksgiving canned food drive, which benefited the local shelter. Tempo! May 2005
College and Bloomington/Normal (IL) Alumnae members joined together again in October to prepare a workshop for area Brownie troops to earn their Music Lover's badge. This is the fifth year for this successful service project. Each of fife activity stations fulfills a required badge activity. Tempo! December 2005
Five members of the Boston (MA) Alumnae chapter volunteered their time at WGBH, a local television station, to answer calls for its pledge drive. Tempo! December 2004
Des Moines (IA) Alumnae worked with the Science Center of Iowa to sponsor The Science of Music and Sound on May 5, 2004. This day was the opening of the Science Center's exhibit, ZING!, which explores the science of everyday things. Alumnae members contributed to the event with their own four-station exhibit focusing on sound and music. Activities ranged from learning about sound waves to playing instruments from "found objects" and even applying their knowledge to some traditional instruments. Tempo! December 2004
Eta Mu (Hartt School of Music, West Hartford, CT) held an instrument "petting zoo" and musicale for the students of Springfield Elementary School. Tempo! May 2005
Fort Wayne (IN) Alumnae members provided holiday seasonal music for a local retirement home and a hospital. Tempo! May 2005
Service projects for Gamma Iota (James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA) have included helping a local Brownie Girl Scout troop earn their music badges and giving a musicale and "hugs" at the Sunnyside Retirement Home in Harrisonburg. Tempo! May 2005
In Chapel Hill, NC, several members of the Iota Tau chapter visited a Girl Scout troop and conducted a seminar that helped them earn their music badge.
Plans are under way by the New York Alumnae for stepping up service projects beyond the yearly Toys for Tots; food, blanket, and pajama drives; singing at local rest homes and children's wards; and the NYC Revlon Walk/Run for Women's cancers. Tempo! December 2005
To help with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, Theta Mu (University of Tennessee/Chattanooga) sisters sold authentic Mardi Gras beads in the University Center on campus during the week of September 26. Beads sold for $1, and all profits were donated to relief efforts. Tempo! December 2005
Urbana Alumnae held "Tune-up Tomorrow", a music and instrument collection drive. Thirteen boxes of music were collected and more than a dozen instruments were donated. Tempo! December 2004
Zeta Phi (Spelman College, Atlanta, GA) has taught children in the Atlanta community how to make maracas and tambourines during the college's annual Fall Carnival. Tempo! May 2005
A new program has been created in the Zeta (Butler University, Indianapolis, IN) chapter to reach out into the community and bring musical enrichment to children 3 to 5 years old at the Meridian Street Cooperative Preschool in Indianapolis. Twice a month, Zetas host music sessions with the children, leading activities that involve movement to different styles of music, actions, and sing-along songs, and an overall appreciation of music.