Student Organized Service (SOS) exists to train and encourage student leaders to mobilize their peers by providing vibrant volunteer community service opportunities. Our goal is that all students find connections to use their skills, time, and talents to serve others. SOS groups provide students opportunities to learn to think critically and to pursue both righteousness and justice. SOS members develop meaningful relationships in the community that result in improved lives for both self and others. Some SOS teams have few volunteers, some have many; the size makes no difference. SOS students are people who further God's Kingdom in their own lives and others.
For 2020-2021, our SOS board chose “race” as our social justice theme. The SOS board members wrote our goal is "to create a safe and understanding environment where our community gains awareness of our blatant and unseen biases through open conversation and nontoxic meaningful service. Through this, our community will become empowered to speak up about issues regarding race and learn to celebrate diversity."
Our goal is "to create a safe and understanding environment where our community gains awareness of our blatant and unseen biases through open conversation and nontoxic meaningful service. Through this, our community will become empowered to speak up about issues regarding race and learn to celebrate diversity."
2020-2021 SOS Board
Students plan monthly events to educate and engage the student body with the yearly theme. We will engage with our theme of race this year with: a Defamation Experience (film & discussion) in September, Culture Week in October, Freedom Center tours, and other activities to be determined as social distancing guidelines evolve.
Our student leaders have proposed 40 service teams and activities for 2020-2021. New groups include: Madhatter’s Closet, Angelman Syndrome Foundation, Holy Family Elementary School, Sandwich Outreach, Letters of Gratitude, Pass the Mic, and Rayo de Sol. Since new leaders stepped up to replace senior leaders, we still have almost all of our SOS groups from last year too!
COVID won’t quarantine our service. We have opportunities to serve from home or in social distance capacities including an SOS YouTube channel to upload videos of entertainment, instruction, or encouragement for children and nursing homes. We'll also post instructional videos for volunteer opportunities like mask making.
SOS activities round out with our one-time events like Shantytown. In spring of 2021, we will build at least one house with Help Build Hope in the Welcome Center parking lot. If we raise enough money, we will build two!