"Extra intellectual and material gifts bring with them the privilege and responsibilities of sharing with others less fortunate. Service is the rent we pay for living."
-The Measure of Our Success by Marian Wright Edelman
Reading is Fundamental
Kappas have always been committed to sharing our time, talent and treasure with our communities, and at the 2004 National Convention, the Fraternity adopted Reading is Fundamental as our national philanthropy. Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), works to build a literate nation by helping young people discover the joy of reading. RIF's highest priority is to serve the nation's under-served children and families through the development and delivery of literacy programs and campaigns that motivate youth to read regularly.
The Portland Alumnae have chosen to support SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) as our local charity as there is no Portland RIF Chapter. SMART pairs an adult volunteer with a K-3 child for a 30 minute reading session each week for seven months and provides each child in the program with two new books a month. The program leads to increased literacy, higher high school graduating rates and empowering of children. We have been collecting books at all of our major events - each book has the label below placed inside noting that the Portland Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma donated the book.
Help us reach our 2013-14 goal of collecting 250 books, by bringing one or more pre-K to 3rd grade reading level children's books to any upcoming events!
Jan'l Thomas Earnshaw at (503) 682-5971 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Kappas Support Oregon Foster Kids: Project Lemonade
Founded by Beta Omega alumna Rhonda Meadows, Project Lemonade collects new and gently used clothing for foster children. Project Lemonade volunteer and Kappa alumna, Janet (Smith) Cathcart, recently spoke with the Association board and shared the group's mission to help raise the self-esteem of Oregon foster youth. In August they host a free, back-to-school shopping experience to help kids start of the school year off with confidence, regardless of their living situation.
Want to help? You can:
- Donate funds
Questions ? Call Rhonda: 503 997-6266 or email Janet
The Portland Alumnae Association is looking for an interested sister to participate as the Panhellenic Representative for Kappa at monthly Portland Panhellenic meetings. Please email the board if interested.