Current active campus chapters
University of Michigan
Interested in creating a campus chapter?
What is a campus chapter?
A campus chapter is a group of students who are passionate about helping people break out of poverty, and are ready to take the next step to lead the charge at their school to help fulfill International Samaritan’s mission. Each campus chapter is a student-led, student-initiated organization on a college campus that partners with International Samaritan to fulfill the functions of a campus chapter.
What do campus chapters do?
Campus chapters set the foundation for International Samaritan’s work related to your school. This includes educating your school and community around issues related to garbage dump communities and global poverty, fundraising in your local area to support the work that International Samaritan does, helping to promote International Samaritan’s yearly events, and helping set up a yearly service immersion opportunity for students at your school.
The Four Functions of a Campus Chapter
Educate and Advocate Campus chapters hold educational events or meetings, post educational materials, and talk to their peers about what’s going on in garbage dump communities around the world. They can do this both on their campuses and through social media.
Fundraise Campus chapters help International Samaritan raise money for our work, especially during special yearly fundraisers like Fast2Change.
Promote Campus chapters help promote and spread International Samaritan’s message by engaging in our events, promoting our content, and helping us reach more people with our message.
Serve In-Country While this is optional, we offer our students in our campus chapters the opportunity to travel to one of the communities we serve and work with the community members directly. The cost of the trip is not covered by International Samaritan; however, we will help you fundraise for your trip.
How can I start a campus chapter?
If you would like to start a campus chapter, contact us and we’ll be happy to help! We’ve also created a packet to help walk you through the process of creating an International Samaritan campus chapter on your campus, which you can download from the link on the right.
Each school is a little different with their requirements for their campus chapters, so make sure to speak with someone at your college’s student affairs office as well.
What is the time commitment for a campus chapter?
We don’t want International Samaritan to be so time-intensive that it detracts from your studies, so we’ve included a sample yearly events schedule for what our past and existing chapters have done; however, as clubs are student-led and student run, you can adjust this schedule to meet the needs of your school and club members. As for how frequently your club should have meetings, unless your school says you must meet more frequently, we recommend having meetings every other week.
Beginning of Fall Semester: Fall club fair/recruitment event
End of Fall Semester: Awareness/educational event about garbage dump communities
Beginning of Winter Semester: Winter club fair/recruitment event
March-April: Fast2Change fundraising and awareness campaign (all chapters)
End of Winter Semester: Awareness/educational event about garbage dump communities
Week After End of Winter Semester: Service immersion for club members (optional)
July 31st: Samaritan Day social media campaign (optional)
Do you want to start a campus chapter, but you’re not sure how? We’ve created a packet that covers the how-to of beginning a campus chapter that covers all the steps that you’ll need to take at most universities. Each university has its own requirements, though, so make sure to check in with the student affairs office as well!
International Samaritan is a nonprofit organization with the designation 501(c)(3). Our headquarters is located in Ann Arbor Michigan.