We made over $1,300 at our Cook Off this October!
Our new annual Kappa Cook Off is Eta Alpha's main yearly fundraiser for the philanthropies that we support, which include RIF and the Kappa Foundation.
One day each Fall, all of the Greek organizations on campus gather on E Field to compete to raise money for children's literacy. Sororities bring desserts, fraternities grill hamburgers, and the sisters of Kappa Kappa Gamma bring side dishes.
A panel of judges made up of Furman professors is assembled to choose the best dessert and hamburger based on criteria such as taste and plating. The winner receives a portion of the funds raised selling tickets to give to their own philanthropies, and everyone on campus who purchased a ticket gets to enjoy a great opportunity to mingle with the Furman community and an inexpensive and delicious meal!
In the Spring, we have Kappa Kickball! This event helps raise money for our local philanthropy, the Greenville School District, to buy books and other schools supplies children need for success in the classroom!
1 -- The Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation: Kappa encourages chapters and associations to support the Kappa family by donating to the Foundation's four program areas: Scholarships, Rose McGill Aid, Educational and Leadership Programming, and Museums.
2 -- Kappa and the Community: The Kappa Tradition of Leadership includes involvement in the local community. Kappa encourages chapters and associations to support local and global charities through service and fundraisers, and locally we have adopted the Armstrong Elementary after-school program in addition to volunteering at local Greenville County organizations. We also reach out and support other Panhellenic organizations on campus raising awareness and money for philanthropies and services close to their hearts.
3 -- KKG and RIF: Kappas have always been committed to sharing our time, treasures, and talents with our communities, and at our 2004 Convention, we adopted RIF as our national philanthropy. Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. 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 mission of the Kappa Kappa Gamma foundation is "to deliver educational and leadership training, preserve the Fraternity's heritage from an historical perspective, provide scholarships and offer financial assistance to members in need by developing the financial resources to support these programs." The Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation provides emergency aid for sisters, sponsors scholarships, supports the operation of the Heritage Museum in Columbus, Ohio, and The Stewart House Museum in Monmouth, Illinois, and fosters leadership skills for all members through education and training programs.
Eta Alpha is always there to lend support to other fraternities, sororities, and campus groups in many different philanthropic activities held throughout the school year. Some of these include:
--Pi Kappa Phi & Push America's War of the Roses
--Delta Delta Delta's DHOP
--Sigma Chi's Derby Days
--Sigma Nu's Flag Football Tournament
--Alpha Kappa Alpha's "So You Think You Can Stroll?"
--Delta Gamma's Anchor Splash
--Kappa Delta's Shamrock 'n Run
--Chi Omega's Wings for Wishes
--Habitat for Humanity
--Relay for Life
--Take Back the Night
We also think it's important to donate our time off campus, which is why Eta Alpha has partnered locally with the Armstrong Elementary after-school program in addition to volunteering with various local Greenville County organizations. Twice a week, sisters visit the students there to hang out and help with homework.
In the spring, Armstrong Elementary will host our chapter's Reading is Key event. Reading is Key is a nationally-implemented program that pairs chapters with local schoolchildren and encourages children to read through the use of games, snacks, read-aloud time, and other activities. Our entire chapter takes the afternoon to travel to the school to volunteer with great kids!
Reading is Fundamental, Inc., is the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit children's literacy organization.
In 1966, former teacher Margaret McNamara brought a bag of used books to four boys in Washington, D.C., whom she tutored in reading. When she told the children that they could each pick a book to keep, their astonishment and delight led her to discover that these children, and many of their classmates, had never owned any books. On November 3, 1966, after gathering volunteers, Mrs. McNamara launched the book distribution and reading motivation program they called Reading is Fundamental.
Today, RIF operates through 450,000 volunteers at 25,000 sites nationwide. RIF programs annually serve 5.1 million children of all ages, most of whom are at risk of educational failure, with a focus on those from birth to age 11. Supported by the US Department of Education, corporations, foundations, community organizations, and individuals, RIF has provided more than 265 million books since 1966 for children to choose and keep.
Kappa Kappa Gamma is glad to be a part of such a successful and meaningful organization! For more information on RIF, please visit their site.