CASA/Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation
Kappa Alpha Theta is proud to be national supporters of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). We are thankful to have a local CASA program in our community in Lancaster County where we donate our proceeds from our signature philanthropies. In 2013, we raised over $11,000.
Lancaster County CASA is a local not-for-profit organization that provides a voice for abused and neglected children in the court system so they can thrive in a safe, and permanent home. They work to recruit, train and support local community volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children in Juvenile Court. The volunteers understand the impact of what abuse and neglect does to a community and works together to make a difference. Having a stable relationship, such as a CASA volunteer, in a child’s life makes a world of difference when everything else is chaos. This is also a positive role model who can give a child a voice, achieve safety and stability, and rediscover a sense of self-worth.
The Rho chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta supports CASA in a number of ways including our two philanthropies, KATWALK and 5K for CASA, and donations.
“We truly are blessed with the amount of support Kappa Alpha Theta gives us. The money raised has helped with the costs of training the volunteers who advocate for the children and the money raised helps us tremendously. We count on them every year and they always exceed our expectations and have a huge impact on our organization and children. We truly appreciate Kappa Alpha Theta’s support. Their work is invaluable,” President Brenda Schwery of the Lancaster County CASA’s Board of Directors said.
We are also proud to support the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation whose mission is “to secure and manage resources for the educational, leadership, and philanthropic programs of the Fraternity and for the scholastic, professional, and service pursuits of its members to help them reach their fullest potential and make a difference in the world.” The Foundation is dedicated to raising money for scholarships for current members as well as leadership and educational grants to make members’ dreams achievable. We are grateful for such a wonderful foundation which is why we raise money each year through our philanthropies and donations to contribute to the Theta Foundation.
Kappa Alpha Theta’s signature fall philanthropy is our 5K for CASA. The race is put on at University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus during the most beautiful season where the leaves are turning fall colors and Husker football is at its peak. It is easily the most beautiful campus around this time.
Participants register before or at the race and the registration fee covers the race, a T-shirt, post-race food and prizes. A DJ sets up before the race to get everyone going in the morning and encouraging signs are staked throughout the course. This event welcomes runners, walkers, dogs, families, friends and coffee drinkers.
After the race, prizes are given out and participants can enjoy the food and drink tables. In the past we’ve had everything from fruit, granola bars, cinnamon rolls, breakfast burritos, coffee, juice and plenty of bottled water.
We are proud to have raised over $6,000 for CASA during this event and had over 500 registrations.
KATWalk is Kappa Alpha Theta’s signature spring philanthropy event. Led by a philanthropy chair and committees, our chapter works as early as possible to make this a successful event. Volunteers from a variety of sororities, fraternities, sports teams, student organizations and students model clothing donated by local businesses and boutiques.
The decorations, DJ, setup, choreography, and runway show is done solely by our sisters. In addition to the fashion show, there is a variety of food and drinks from places such as Raising Canes, Goodcents, Toppers, Cookie Company, Monster and much more.
Being able to raise over $5,000 at last year’s KATWalk for CASA is amazing and motivation for all of us. It provides an opportunity for our sisters to join together and work hard to serve our community and local businesses. All proceeds of the night go to support CASA, Kappa Alpha Theta’s national philanthropy, and the Theta Foundation.
Kappa Alpha Theta strives to get out into the community and serve those around us. Whether that be non-profits, schools or the homes of elderly residents, we dedicate ourselves to make a difference. We reach out not only to our community, CASA, and The Theta Foundation, but we also implement independent volunteering as a major priority. We are committed as a chapter, and individually, to strengthen our communities and transform our own experiences by connecting with others.