Community Service Day 

Sponsored by KPMG LLP and KPMG Foundation

ATTENTION: This volunteer opportunity requires you to arrive in Chicago, IL prior to 9:00 a.m. CT on Thursday, August 8, 2019.

Date:  Thursday, August 8, 2019
Time:  9:00am - 3:00pm

As part of the 2019 Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) international annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois, KPMG LLP and KPMG Foundation are proud to again sponsor BAP International Day of Literacy for our Community Service Day (CSD) project. The event is in collaboration with United Way of Metro Chicago and the non-profit social enterprise, First Book.

On Thursday, August 8, some volunteers will visit local programs in under-served neighborhoods to distribute books and teach the children the importance of literacy in their lives. At the end of the day, each child will go home with a brand new book. Since 2013, we have given out almost 22,000 books during our CSD events.

In addition, to celebrate BAP’s 100 year anniversary, some volunteers will participate in a Pack Shack Funnel Party where we will package 100,000 meals. These meals will be donated to the programs where we host our Literacy Fairs, local food banks, and the food pantries at DePaul University and University of Illinois, Chicago – to assist with food insecurity at these college campuses.

  • All BAP annual meeting attendees, except those students and faculty participating in Project Run With It, are expected to participate.
  • If you would like to participate but are unable to attend the International Day of Literacy events (due to health issues, late arrival, etc.), please email Elizabeth Abboreno. There will be a service activity at the hotel – Operation Backpack – for you to do instead.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago and your participation in this exciting and rewarding opportunity!

If you have any questions regarding the Community Service Day event, please contact Della Moore.


For more information about the 2019 Annual Meeting, click here.


As part of Community Service Day, we are collecting school supplies, which will be distributed to local elementary school children who attend under-served programs in the Chicago area.

Please choose one or more items below to bring to Chicago:

  • Ruler
  • Box of #2 Pencils (Standard yellow)
  • Box of Crayons - 24 Count
  • Glue Sticks
  • Erasers
  • Washable Markers – 8 Count
  • Children's Scissors
  • Pencil Case
  • Wide-Ruled Spiral Bound Notebook
  • 3-Ring Notebook
  • Box of Colored Pencils – 24 Count
  • Pack of Fun Stickers

These items will be collected near the annual meeting registration area at the Hilton Chicago.

We will have a drawing for a fun prize for those who donate school supplies. Winners will be notified on the BAP app, Facebook, Twitter, and announcements during the meeting, and can pick up their prize at the registration desk.

If you would like to purchase supplies when you arrive, there is a Staples less than 1 mile from the Hilton Chicago: 111 North Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60602.


Volunteer roles will be assigned during the bus ride to each location we visit. Lunch, transportation, and 2 bottles of water per volunteer will be provided.

Roles you can choose from are:

Team Lead

Leads a group of children through each station at the Literacy Fair. Participates in the activities with the children and makes sure they have an outstanding day!

Station Volunteer

Assists the children with activity at assigned station.

Book Station Volunteer

Organizes books, places bookplates and bookmarks in each book, and delivers books to each station for distribution at the close of the event. When books have been delivered to each station, these volunteers can then participate in the Literacy Fair as a Team or Station volunteer.

Stay tuned for a few more exciting roles!


We are in need of volunteers for a few important roles – please sign up for these roles now by contacting the appropriate person below:


We need photographers with their own camera (SDHC card to be provided) to take pictures during the day, including pictures of the children with a mascot at each location. If you enjoy taking pictures and would like to volunteer for this activity, please send an email to Betsy Sights.

Mascot Volunteers

Would you like to bring a bit of whimsy and fun to the event? Now’s your chance! Dress up like a tiger, elephant (with a pink tutu), frog, etc. If you are interested, please contact Betsy Sights.

Spanish Speaking Volunteers

Do you speak Spanish? We need volunteers who speak Spanish at some of our locations. If you would like to spend some time during the day speaking with the children in Spanish, please contact Della Moore.

Faculty Advisor Lead

We need BAP Faculty Advisors to serve as Leads at each location where we volunteer. You will receive training prior to the event. If you are interested in this important leadership role, please contact Della Moore.