As individuals with time, talents and treasures, Kappas first support our sisters; second, we participate in local service projects; and third, we serve the greater good.
Nationwide our organization works hard with our Fraternity’s official philanthropic partner, Reading is Fundamental (RIF), to increase the literacy in America. Through our volunteer and book collecting efforts we hope to make books available to all children so that they can experience the wonders and value of reading.
Members in our area have worked to bring fun and interactive programs to our national cause. During 2009 and 2010, the Beta Chis worked with the YMCA after-school program at James Lane Allen and donated books to Millcreek. For the YMCA, the Kappas collected over 400 books for the students, and each student received a brand-new book to take home and keep. During the event, which was Dr. Seuss themed, the Beta Chis read several books, played games, and made Dr. Seuss puppets. The YMCA and the James Lane Allen staff were really appreciative of the hard work and invited the Kappas to come back anytime.
Additionally, at the Kappa Convention in Phoenix in June, 2010, Zeta Gamma Chapter won Best Philanthropy Signature Event for Chapters under 100 members: They won for Kappa Krush sales. Proceeds went to the Sunrise Reading Room that provides books for children who have been abused. They offered an Orange Crush for $1. Students purchased an Orange Crush for his/her secret "crush," and the can of soda was delivered to crushee’s room.
Our chapters also have supported the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation through financial gifts and magazine sales. The foundation aims to give back to Kappa women.By providing funds for educational programs, scholarships, financial aid, and Kappa’s heritage preservation, we can help other Kappas in need, and consequently, their communities, as well. Furthermore, funded by the Foundation, the Rose McGill Aid provides confidential assistance to members going through a financial crisis.
Locally, our fundraising events support causes such as the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, tsunami relief, and multiple sclerosis research. We have also given our time and support to elementary schools, Relay for Life, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity. One local cause we take much pride in helping is Holly's House. This local child and adult advocacy center for victims of intimate crimes was founded by Holly Dunn Pendleton a Beta Chi Alumna.
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