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Community Service

Take advantage of the abundant service learning opportunities available through FBLA-PBL. Service learning helps your members:

• Learn about real-world issues, concerns, and needs.
• Matches members' strengths with community needs.
• Provides practical experience in planning and organizing.
• Develops leadership skills.
• Builds recognition and goodwill for the chapter.
• Teaches satisfaction of a job well done.

Here are some national programs to help get you started:
Prematurity Awareness Day and Month
March of Dimes
President's Volunteer Service Awards
America Saves
FBLA-PBL Community Service Day
NEW – Community Service Award (CSA)

Prematurity Awareness Day and Month
Prematurity Awareness Day, November 17, gives you the perfect opportunity to educate people in your school about premature birth, the number one cause of babies deaths. Remember, all of November is Prematurity Awareness Month. The March of Dimes Team Youth Web site

FBLA-PBL & March of Dimes
In the nearly 40 years FBLA-PBL has been united with the March of Dimes, FBLA-PBL has consistently ranked as the top clubs and organizations fund-raising partner, raising over $15 million dollars. On behalf of the half million infants born premature every year, thank you for your steadfast commitment to improving the lives of babies. The March of Dimes is only as successful as you, the committed volunteers who believe in the mission, who started with conquering polio, and today join in the fight against premature birth.


President's Volunteer Service Awards (PVSA)
FBLA-PBL is proud to be an official Leadership Organization for the new President's Volunteer Service Award. This award -- issued by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, on behalf of the President of the United States -- recognizes and encourages sustained volunteer service among all Americans.

PVSA is offering an opportunity for FBLA chapters to register as Certifying Organizations for the award. These organizations agree to verify their volunteers' hours of service, nominate potential recipients, and order and distribute the award to volunteers. Each award package includes a personalized certificate, lapel pin, letter from the President of the United States, and a letter from the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. Cost per award package is $3.00 plus shipping and handling.

Register as a Certifying Organization and start recognizing your volunteers today! To register visit www.PresidentialServiceAwards.gov, click on "Become a Partner", then on "Sign Me Up" to register. After you click "Submit" youll be prompted to enter our ID code FBLA-PBL08 to identify FBLA-PBL as your Leadership Organization.


America Saves
America Saves is a program of the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) centered around America Saves Week February 4 - March 1, 2013, and is a national effort aimed at teaching and motivating students to save money through financial action - making a commitment that:
• They will spend less than they make and save the difference.
• They will save the difference by making a plan as to where they will save (bank, credit union, U.S. Savings Bonds), how they will do it (direct deposit, walking into the bank, sending in money to their account), when they will do it (the beginning of every month, the 15th of the month), and have in mind what they will save for (car, house, events, emergency fund, college, dates).
• They will make it automatic - get it out of their hand or pocket by direct deposits into their account or by having their parents make the deposits.

This online enrollment program has already proved successful with over 5,000 youth who are saving between $16.00-$19.00 a month and is a perfect compliment or testimony to the effectiveness of financial education.

CFA provides training to advisers and students, materials and resources, and most importantly online enrollment to automate the process. This can be organized as a chapter project or broadened to the entire school population including teachers, staff, and parents. To take advantage of this exciting and simple initiative contact George Barany, Consumer Federation of America Director of Financial Education at gbarany@consumerfed.org or 216-375-3255.


i-SAFE, a nonprofit foundation and worldwide leader in Internet safety education whose mission is to educate and empower students to be safe and responsible on the Internet, has partnered with FBLA-PBL in order for all members to learn how to be safe and responsible online. FBLA-PBL members are introduced and instructed on ways to extend their e-safety knowledge beyond the classroom by becoming Certified i-MENTORS. To become certified today go to xblock.isafe.org.

FBLA-PBL members can get involved with i-SAFE through various service learning opportunities. These can range from conducting student assemblies to speaking to parent groups. In fact, you and your FBLA-PBL chapter can bridge that gap between students and community by reaching out and teaching the i-SAFE materials right in the classroom of younger students. To learn more about this great opportunity, sign up today and become an i-MENTOR by going to xblock.isafe.org. There you will find online training videos and information to help you get started. If you have questions, e-mail i-SAFE's Director of Professional Development and Community Outreach, Jonathan King at jking@isafe.org


FBLA-PBL Community Service Day
Take the Saturday of FBLA-PBL Week to dedicate solely to community service! Choose a community service project and implement it into your local chapter. As members dedicate their time to this service project, log the amount of time your chapter works by listing each member and hours worked on a spreadsheet.

Suggested activities include working with the March of Dimes, volunteering at a homeless shelter, conducting a blood drive, developing community or campus improvement projects, or developing a project with any other service organization. 


Community Service Award (CSA)
This program recognizes FBLA members with extraordinary commitment to community service. It has three levels: Community (50 hours), Service (200 hours), and Achievement(500 hours). The Community Service award winners will have a certificate available to be printed out from the online form. The Achievement level winners will receive a pin at the NLC. Ask your adviser to click HERE to register you for this award.