Community service

Wisconsin DECA has a long history of building lasting partnerships within school and community through community service. Many chapters have long standing relationships within their communities providing resources to those who are in need. Some chapters have community service campaigns that have been in existence for up to 30 years! 

Members develop leadership and marketing skills by planning their event, creating promotional materials, and through team work, engaging their peers and community in completing successful campaigns giving back to their local communities and statewide initiatives.


Community events planned and executed annually by WI DECA members


Non-perishable food items donated to local food pantries each year


Raised for non-profit organizations each year


DECA chapters around the state participate in at least 1 community service event each year

Wisconsin DECA Community Service Initiatives

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

The Muscular Dystrophy Association finds research breakthroughs for families living with muscular dystrophy and related diseases. MDA cares for kids and adults alike from the beginning of their diagnosis, empowering families with services and support in cities across America. Wisconsin DECA members plan fundraising events and participate in Miracle Minutes to raise between $20,000 - $30,000 for MDA. 
learn more about mda

Make A Wish Wisconsin

Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors, and supporters advance the Make-a-Wish vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a critical illness. A wish can be the spark that helps these children believe that anything is possible, giving them strength to fight harder against their illnesses. Wisconsin DECA members plan events, participate in Miracle Minutes, and organize fundraisers, to raise between $40,000 - $50,000 yearly for the Make-a-Wish foundation.
Learn more about make a wish wisconsin

Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Wisconsin

Across the state, Wisconsin DECA members participate in Polar Plunges in January and February each year. Annually, members fundraise between $20,000 - $25,000 for Special Olympics Wisconsin.
Learn more about special olympics wisconsin

Trick or Can

The Trick or Can initiative was created in 2012 and designed to challenge chapters to to trick-or-treating for canned and non-perishable goods, which are then donated to a local food pantry. WI DECA members plan and execute this event each year on halloween.
2022 Trick or can recap

Acts of Kindness

This initiative encourages DECA chapters to help, improve or show acts of kindness to any individual, organization, association, group of people or cause that needs and wants support. The initiative encourages members and chapters to become involved in their school and community and provides chapters the flexibility to support a charity or organization of their choice.

Get recognized for your community service

Wisconsin DECA chapters make outstanding community service contributions each year. For these contributions to be recognized, please fill out our 2023-2024 Wisconsin DECA Community Service Form below:

2023-2024 WI DECA Community Service Form

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