Alpha Phi Omega has designated the first week of November as National Service Week (NSW), in order to unify chapters under a national theme, inspire expansion of chapter service programs and increase the impact chapters have on the communities they serve.


National Service Week is an annual event that dates back to 1979 when Dr. Stan Carpenter, Xi Omicron ’68, thought there needed to be a time when all brothers united to provide service as members of a national organization. At a July 1979 Board of Directors meeting, Brother Carpenter moved that National Service Day be conducted and promoted as “Service Day 1979 – A Celebration of Service,” and his motion was successful. Then National Service Chairman, Brother Carpenter would later become National President.


National Service Day was expanded to a full week in 1996 and since then, APO brothers have performed service for a week each year reflecting a specific theme determined biennially at National Convention.

The National Service Week program is November 1-7, 2020 with an emphasis on “Diabetes Awareness” with special focus on “Education Awareness in Your Community”.

With the safety of all members of our campuses, communities and nation in mind, we ask for help to further this cause. Every member has a part to play. From starting a National Service Week project on campus, to spreading awareness of this endeavor, to simply talking with and listening to another student, we all have the power to make a difference.


Chapter officers must submit a NSW report through the Chapter Officer Portal by November 15. Reports are REQUIRED for a chapter to remain in good standing with the Fraternity, regardless of whether or not the chapter did a project. Please be prompt. Timely submission of this report is required for the chapter to qualify for the Chapter of Excellence Award.


The National Service Committee has developed a handbook for chapters and extension groups to refer to as they plan and implement their NSW projects. The handbook contains more information on NSW and the history of the program, project planning tips, timelines and reporting information.

Project Ideas & Resources

Listed below are a few ideas for projects that are congruent with the theme for NSW 2020. It is up to each chapter and extension group to determine what kind of project to do. Don’t feel limited to this list. It is intended to help inspire ideas and find a project best suited for each chapter and community.


  • Talk with your campus health center about any diabetes prevention efforts they may coordinate. Ask if there is anything your chapter can do to help them.
  • Ask your university if you can post flyers around campus with information about diabetes and on ways others can get involved in the cause.
  • Host a virtual screening of a documentary about diabetes and debrief the documentary afterwards.


  • Volunteer at a virtual JDRF One Walk or a virtual JDRF gala hosted by a JDRF chapter local to you.
  • Record educational videos about healthy eating and talk to local schools about partnering with them and showing your videos.
  • Read stories to children virtually about healthy habits.
  • Host virtual workouts for your community to promote exercise habits.
  • Hold a healthy food drive for communities in need.


  • Pledge to do all you can to stop diabetes by adding your name to the map on The growing movement supports research, advocacy, and community outreach and tells the world that you are taking a stand against this disease.
  • Check the American Diabetes Association’s website for more volunteer opportunities.
  • Check the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund’s website for more volunteer opportunities.

What theme do YOU think APO should unite under and serve for National Service Week 2021? If you have an idea, we want to hear it!


You can submit your theme idea, along with a brief rationale, now through October 20 using this form. Check social media on October 23 for the list of suggested themes. We highly encourage discussion of these potential themes within your chapter or with your fellow brothers to ensure everyone’s voice is heard in the final decision.


On October 30, chapter presidents and vice presidents of service will receive a voting link to vote on behalf of their chapter. Alumni voting delegates will also receive a voting link. All parties should vote by November 6. After all votes have been counted, the Service Program Chair will announce the theme for National Service Week 2021 on APO’s social media accounts.


This is an opportunity to make an impact on the Fraternity and on an area of service, so submit your theme idea now!