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2017 FDS Webpage Updated

Fraternity Day of Service

Fraternity Day of Service is Pi Beta Phi’s International Day of Literacy-related service celebrated in honor of Dr. Seuss’® birthday. Clubs, chapters and individual Pi Phis across the globe host books fairs, read with children and promote reading in their local communities on or around March 2 every year. Each chapter and club celebrates differently with the common thread of advocating the importance of reading. At the international level, Pi Beta Phi celebrates in a couple of unique ways.

Signature Events

The Pi Beta Phi Fraternity Day of Service Signature Events will be held on February 25, 2017 in five locations across the United States. Depending on the location, 20,000 books will be sorted and book fairs will be set up over February 23-24. On Saturday, February 25, educators from qualified First Book recipient groups will attend a celebration where they can select brand new books for the children they serve. Across the five cities, Pi Beta Phis will donate 100,000 books on February 25. To volunteer at one of our events, please click the appropriate link below. If you are a member of Pi Beta Phi, you can volunteer too! Please email literacy@pibetaphi.org with your name, cell phone number and email address and a staff member will contact you to complete your registration.

  Volunteer in Greater Dallas   Volunteer in Hartford   Volunteer in Washington, D.C.   Volunteer in Portland Metro   Volunteer in Detroit  
Location Buckner International Warehouse  
Sorting & Setup Dates
February 23 & 24  
9:00 a.m.  
4:00 p.m.  
February 23 & 24  
9:00 a.m.  
4:00 p.m.  
February 24  
3:00 p.m.  
9:00 p.m.  
February 24  
3:30 p.m.  
9:00 p.m.  
February 24  
9:00 a.m.  
5:00 p.m.  
Book Giveaway Date February 25
9:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m.
February 25  
8:30 a.m.  
4:00 p.m.  
February 25  
9:00 a.m.  
4:00 p.m.  
February 25  
8:00 a.m.  
5:00 p.m.  
February 25  
8:30 a.m.  
5:00 p.m  

To ensure you have a t-shirt, you must register to volunteer and order your t-shirt by Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

FDS500

Pi Beta Phi will again offer 100 grants for a donation of 500 books to a registered First Book recipient group nominated by a Pi Beta Phi alumnae club or collegiate chapter. If you are a nominated recipient group or a club or chapter who nominated a group, and you missed one of the refresher webinars, please download and review the slide deck from the presentation. If you have any questions about FDS500, please email literacy@pibetaphi.org.

Chapters and Clubs

Even if you don't live in one of the cities chosen to host a Signature Event, you can still participate in Fraternity Day of Service by hosting your own reading event to benefit your community. Start planning your chapter or alumnae organization’s Fraternity Day of Service event today, if you haven't already. Each chapter and alumnae organization is encouraged to plan an event that promotes reading to children in your community. To see how other Pi Phis are implementing literacy service in their communities, visit the Read > Lead > Achieve® Facebook page where you can also share your literacy story.

Click here for ideas and inspiration for how your chapter or alumnae club can organize and plan a successful event!

Please remember to follow the Photo and Video Release and Waiver Practice when hosting events where minor children are present and being photographed and/or video taped. Download the Photo and Video Release and Waiver Form in the Resource Library.

If you have questions about Fraternity Day of Service, please contact literacy@pibetaphi.org.