Bee The Difference Day

Service: An Ambrosian Value

Our more recent alumni may remember Bee the Difference Day on campus. This student-run event gathers hundreds of students to do good in the Quad City community, especially the neighborhoods closest to campus.

The Alumni Association Board and Alumni Engagement Office are now expanding this to alumni. Think of it like Bee Happy Hour, but with the focus on service in our communities. 

Nationwide Service Days

Dedicated alumni volunteers organize group service projects for their local St. Ambrose communities across the nation.

Connect with Ambrosians around the world who are serving their communities by connecting on social media using #BTDD17. Email photos of your service projects to the Office of Alumni Engagement at alumni@sau.edu.

Want to get involved? There's still time! See below for the 2018-19 Bee the Difference Day dates and locations.

group of SAU alumni

2017 Group Service Projects

See what we did last year!

View photos from last year's group service projects and find others on social media using #BTDD17.

Want to get involved? There's still time! See below for the 2018-19 Bee the Difference Day dates and locations.


2018 BEE the Difference Day Details

2018 Dates and Locations

Please reference the drop downs below for all 2018/2019 locations. If you are interested in hosting a BEE the Difference Day in your area, please contact Kelsey at PenceKelsey@sau.edu or 563/333-6289. 

Mesa, AZ

THIS EVENT IS FULL!

Join Dave Asmus '76, and your local alumni community for the Arizona Alumni Chapter's third annual service day! Celebrate Bee the Difference Day and St. Ambrose's longstanding commitment to social responsibility and service while connecting with fellow Ambrosian's in the Phoenix area.

Saturday, October 13, 2018
9:00-11:00am - Feed My Staving Children
(1351 S. Alma School Rd., Mesa, AZ 85210)
Optional Brunch to follow at The Village Tavern
(8787 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale)
Hosted by Dave '76 & Kandy Asmus

Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. The process is simple. Donations given by people just like you fund the meal ingredients. Volunteers hand-pack the meals. Meals are donated to FMSC food partners around the world, where kids are fed and lives are saved! Dress in comfortable clothing. Please include in your RSVP whether you are planning to bring children so appropriate activities can be planned.

Please register by Saturday, October 5th to Dave Asmus ‘76 at dgasmus@gmail.com. Remember to wear your St. Ambrose gear and use #BTDD18 on social media!

Quad Cities

Join the Alumni Association Board and Alumni Engagement team where it all started! Celebrate Bee the Difference Day and St. Ambrose's longstanding commitment to social responsibility and service while connecting with fellow Ambrosian's in the QC area. Gather at the Rogalski Center at the St. Ambrose University Campus.

Sunday, November 11, 2018
BEE the Difference Day
12:30pm - Registration in Rogalski Center Ballroom
1:00-3:00pm - Service Projects
3:00pm - Refreshments to follow at the BeeHive (SAU Campus)

This day will include more than 500 students and alumni together, 40 homes and yards, and service to the surrounding community. Bee the Difference Day helps families in area neighborhoods prepare their yards for winter. Dress in comfortable clothing, including a pair of gloves if possible, to be working outdoors in whatever weather is expected. Please include in your RSVP whether you are planning to bring children so appropriate activities can be planned.

Click here to RSVP by Thursday, November 1st. This year, pre-registered participants for the group project will receive an event t-shirt. For questions, please contact Kelsey at PenceKelsey@sau.edu or 563/333-6289.

Remember to wear your St. Ambrose gear and use #BTDD2018 on social media!

Des Moines

Join Dorothy Lange '02 and the local alumni community for the Des Moines BEE the Difference Day! Alumni will partner with the Des Moines Area Religious Council for a Red Barrel food and fund collection event at a local partnering HyVee.

Saturday, November 10, 2018
9 a.m. - Noon @ HyVee in West Des Moines
(555 S. 51st Street, West Des Moines)
Lunch to follow at Wellman's Pub & Rooftop
(597 Market Street, West Des Moines)
Individual checks will be arranged.

Founded in 1952, Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) leads interfaith dialogue and cooperation, responds to meet basic human needs and is at the forefront of community action and advocacy in Greater Des Moines for nearly six decades. Volunteers will meet at 9am at HyVee West Des Moines to help collect food items for DMARC. Families and children are welcome to join.

Please RSVP by Friday, October 26 to Matt Mahoney '18 at Matthew.J.Mahoney@dmu.edu. Pre-registered participants will receive an event t-shirt.

Hosting an Alumni BEE the Difference Day

Ambrosians who live in cities across the nation can volunteer to host a local event for other Ambrosians in their area. Below is a summary of what's involved if you'd like to host a local service event. Detailed online forms will guide you through the steps, and the Office of Alumni Engagement can work with you to help make your event a success.

The office of Alumni Engagement suggests that you start planning about 8-10 weeks in advance and confirm details 6 weeks prior to the event.

Responsibilities of the Local Planner/Host

• Decide what organization you wish to work with; consider the number of alumni in your geographic area
• Select the appropriate venue and timeframe
• Reserve a spot at a local restaurant for lunch or drinks after the project
• Provide details to the Office of Alumni Engagement
• Collect RSVP's as they come in
• Coordinate logistics locally (reserve the venue, enlist other volunteers)
• Manage the event onsite (check the setup, greet alumni, manage the flow of the service day, clean up at the end of event)
• Provide the Office of Alumni Engagement with a list of attendees after the event

How the Alumni Engagement Office can help

• Provide a list of area alumni, after volunteer has completed a confidentiality agreement
• Provide advice based on event experience
• Send a formatted email invitation (4-6 weeks before the event) and a follow-up reminder (1-2 weeks before the event) to area alumni
• Provide SAU supplies and giveaways (name tags, check-in sheet, etc.)
• Provide event t-shirt (for attendees who pre-register)

Next Steps

•Communicate your interest in hosting a local BEE the Difference Day by reaching out to Kelsey at PenceKelsey@sau.edu, and the Office of Alumni Engagement will guide you through the planning and event management process.

So, what's next?

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