Our National Initiatives
Each year, Sigma Alpha Lambda undertakes two main national initiatives which are coordinated by the National Office in conjunction with the local chapters. Each fall, the students work together to fight hunger with SAL’s Food Fight Against Hunger. In the spring, the students focus on participating in The American Cancer Societies Relay for Life. SAL also encourages participation from all chapters on newer national initiatives like Flag day and MLK day.
FOOD FIGHT AGAINST HUNGER:
Food Fight Against Hunger is SAL’s fall service initiative. This service event brings together chapters from every region of the U.S. with a spirited, but friendly, competition where the goal is to collect the most non-perishable food items and donations for local food banks. This competition is based on chapter size; small, medium, and large chapters, as well as a fundraising option for those chapters who decide to donate money directly to their food bank. Prizes include a celebration for the winning chapters and a donation made to their favorite non-profit charity on behalf of SAL. To find the food bank nearest to you, click on www.feedingamerica.org.
RELAY FOR LIFE:
As a National Youth Affiliate of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Relay for Life is the centerpiece of SAL’s Spring semester. Every spring, multiple chapters join together to fight cancer through this national fundraiser. Chapters are encouraged to create a team for their local Relay For Life, help set up, fundraise for the event, or simply help in any way possible. As a National Youth Affiliate, SAL raised $100,000 in five years and are on our way to raising another $100,00! Don’t hesitate to start planning ways you can help your chapter in participating! For a tip sheet on how your chapter can relay visit here.
9/11 MEMORIAL FLAG DAY:
Based on the creativity and initiative of a former Chapter President, Sigma Alpha Lambda now sponsors the 9/11 Memorial national initiative. For this event, chapters all over the country receive American flags from the Sigma Alpha Lambda National Office to place at a prominent location on campus. The flags are a reminder to the members and the entire student body of the events that took place on September 11, 2001, as well as those who have fought for our country’s freedom in the years since that time.
The MLK Day of Service, on the third Monday of January, calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together and provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. Sigma Alpha Lambda members and chapters participate across the country to answer that call and participate in various MLK Day local service projects around the country and find meaningful ways to impact the lives of others on this milestone federal holiday. Members can find these opportunities near them by utilizing the MLK Day of Service website and its project locator.