January 8, 2020
You may remember the first time you walked into the doors of a Kappa Delta facility during recruitment, on a campus visit or simply following the lead of a friend. A KD chapter house always makes an impression.
Whether it’s a chapter suite, lodge or traditional house, maintaining a Kappa Delta facility takes a village. Our collegiate members rely on Kappa Delta alumnae who serve as housing volunteers to help them maintain, upgrade and manage the chapter facility.
Here are the five essential qualities that every housing volunteer must possess to get the job done!
It may sound cliché, but we hear from alumnae all the time who say: “I want to give back to the organization that gave me so much.” Well, here’s your chance! As a housing volunteer, you can ensure collegiate Kappa Deltas have a safe space to live, eat, study, share stories and make memories. By volunteering your time and knowledge, you are putting your KD values in action and paying it back to the women in college today. And there’s a bonus: you build friendships with other alumnae who serve and the newest generation of Kappa Deltas.
The ceilings need replacing, the Christmas decorations need sprucing up, and spring recruitment is only a month away! Oh my! Keeping up with a chapter facility is no easy feat. Whether they be old or new, facilities almost always come with a laundry list of action-items. That’s where housing volunteers come in! Taking initiative is key, and a willingness to listen and learn is essential.
A Kappa Delta house corporation functions best when treated like a well-oiled machine. That means every alumnae volunteer knows when to be at the meetings, where they will be taking place and what she is responsible for. To make sure the team can accomplish lofty goals such as hiring a seasoned chef, redecorating the formal living room in time for recruitment or even renovating an entire property, every member must be on top of things and deliberate with their communication. Letting chapter members, other volunteers and third-party companies know details of exactly what is happening is necessary when it comes to maintaining organization.
Sometimes, chapter members get caught up in comparison. A KD chapter at a much larger university has a workout room in its basement. The other sorority houses on campus were recently repainted. Members may make requests that simply aren’t feasible at the time. It’s a housing volunteer’s duty to decide what is doable and what needs to be put on the back burner. Sure, a new television would be nice, but an updated security system takes precedence. A sensible nature is crucial for both making these difficult decisions and informing the chapter members of the “why” behind the choice.
Chapter facilities have changed a lot over the past few decades. The study room of the past must now be outfitted with WiFi. Fire sprinkler systems are a requirement. Safety is increasingly important. Being able to recognize that change is not only inevitable, but a welcome aspect of maintaining a chapter house, is what distinguishes a good housing volunteer from a great one.
We encourage you to think about serving as a housing volunteer. If you are interested, click here for more information!