Service Projects

April 2021 - Vineyard Y-Serve Project

We joined Vineyard, a Y-Serve organization, to do an online service project for the Church on Tuesday, April 13 at 5:30 PM.
 
You can register for ongoing service project with Vineyard at https://yserve.byu.edu/Vineyard

What is Vineyard?

Vineyard at BYU does online service for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We meet online every Tuesday at 5:30 PM. Register with this link to secure your spot: https://byu.zoom.us/j/95077286874.

We focus on the following projects at our weekly meetings:

November-December 2021 - Online BillionGraves Service Project

Across the world, gravestones are deteriorating, and erosion is erasing precious details of our ancestors’ lives. Volunteers have uploaded photos of these gravestones to BillionGraves to preserve them. We will help make these photos even more useful by transcribing the information from them. The process is very similar to FamilySearch Indexing, and will make it easier for people to discover their ancestors.

This project continued over a three week period, ending on December 7, 2020. Those who complete at least 15 transcriptions were entered into a drawing to win cougar cash, and those who completed at least 30 were entered into a second drawing!

Even though this activity is over, you can still be involved. To participate, go to the BillionGraves transcription site.

Here is a short video on how to transcribe headstones

 
 

 

March 2020 - Dalia's Hope Panel Discusssion and Service Project

On March 6th, just one week before BYU moved to online learning, students partnered with Dahlia’s Hope, an organization that provides aftercare for survivors of human trafficking. As part of a panel discussion, students listened to first-hand accounts from survivors and hopeful stories about the importance of and need for organizations like Dahlia’s Hope. Following the panel discussion, students participated in a service project planting seeds and creating labels for the organization’s therapy farm. The many people in attendance made this service event a huge success. For more information on how you can help, please visit: https://www.dahliashope.org/

 

November 2019- Y-Serve Activity

On November 20th, BYU Phi Kappa Phi members gathered to sort donations and compile supplies to be shipped to refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, as well as to individuals affected by the wildfires in Paradise, California. The projects included making quilts educational games, and plastic bag sleeping mats.

 

February 2019 - Hygiene Kits for Refugees

 

March 2018 - My Story Matters

The BYU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi partnered with My Story Matters, a small nonprofit foundation in the community, to publish the stories of children who have unique life experiences such as being a refugee or immigrant. The project’s aim focused on children who were suffering and undergoing a difficult transition while increasing cultural literacy by telling stories that often go untold. Phi Kappa Phi volunteers worked with the My Story Matters team to interview the children while also assisting with the writing, formatting, and photography for the stories. Once published, the books will be available in both the school and classroom libraries for other students to read. Funding for this event was made possible from a Literacy Grant from the Phi Kappa Phi national organization. The Literacy Grants program was initiated to mobilize members and resources of Phi Kappa Phi and the higher education community to champion literacy initiatives. Grants of up to $2,500 are available to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and individual members to fund ongoing literacy projects or to create new initiatives. More details are available on the National Phi Kappa Phi website

 

November 2017 - Backpacks for Houston

We completed a successful service project to help elementary school children in Houston made homeless by Hurricane Harvey. We sent backpacks full of school supplies and letters of encouragement down to help promote and maintain their education progress.

 

November 2016 - Strangers No More: Refugee Project

200 students and community members gathered in the Wilkinson Center to provide service to refugees and others in the world. They created 50 hygiene kits, painted 400 toy cars, and wrote about 200 welcome letters to refugees. It was an amazing outpouring of love from many members who wanted to serve those in need.