A commitment to service is one of the pillars of being a Theta. This commitment can be seen from the incredible amount of hours members of Theta put in each semester. For the 2014-2015 school year, Theta totaled 3,525.5 hours of service - the most of any other Greek organization on campus. Although each member is only required to complete 5 hours of service, we are proud to say that each member completes on average 19.3 service hours per semester.
Members's complete this through events organized by Theta, but also individually. As a group, we organize monthly visits to the Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania, many times visiting with another Greek Organization. These trips give sisters a chance to not only give back to the community but also meet other members of Greek Life. We donate our time as SafeWalk volunteers and participate in 1000plus Day of Service - in Spring 2015, over half of our sisterhood was involved in 1000plus, as day of volunteers, site leaders, kick-off committee members and executive board members! As well, each Fall we plan a Theta Day of Service around our founder's - Bettie Locke Hamilton's - birthday, where we contact our local CASA to find out their needs, invite alumnae and do service together to fulfill some of the needs.
Outside of Theta, sisters are involved in service organizations including Project Sunshine, ENACTUS and PACE. We encourage sisters to not only participate in Theta service events, but also get involved in a cause they are passionnate about.
Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA, is Kappa Alpha Theta's national philanthropy. It is central to fulfilling society's most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child's right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family. The aid of a CASA can dramatically change the life of a child going through the foster-care system. With a CASA, the average time a foster child spends in court rooms is decreased by half to two years, allowing the child to be adopted into a loving family at a much quicker rate. However, to fund a child takes around $1,000 dollars, and CASA receives more than half of its budget from donations.
At CMU, Theta holds a variety of events such as Zumba for CASA, Mr. University, CASA Coffee House, Kicks for CASA, and the CASA 5k (pictured above) in an effort to raise money and awareness for our philanthropy. Our new philanthropy event for Fall 2015 is Thetathon - a dance marathon style showcase of some of CMU's diverse and incredible talent.
To learn more about CASA, visit their national site.
To learn more about the CASA of Allegheny Count, visit their website.
To learn more about Theta and it's commitment to CASA, click here.
Founded in 1960, Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational tax-exempt organization. Theta Foundation’s 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.
Awarding more than $1 million annually, Theta Foundation stands as pillar of support for Thetas and a partner in the Fraternity’s educational and philanthropic efforts. Created by Thetas for Thetas, Theta Foundation is dedicated to partnering with individuals and college and alumnae chapters for fundraising efforts to support Thetas with scholarships, non-degree educational and leadership grants, and the Fraternity’s educational and leadership programs.
To learn more about the Theta Foundation, click here.
The Friendship Fund is a tangible sign of a Theta's love and commitment to her sisters. The Friendship Fund provides gifts to Thetas experiencing extreme financial hardship due to serious or terminal illness, job loss, natural disaster, and other devastating occurrences. One very important aspect of the Fund is the secrecy surrounding the giving of gifts. Two members write on the behalf of a sister, and the Friendship Fund committee determines the award amount. The requesters remain anonymous, and all records are confidential. The idea of sisters looking after sisters is what makes the Friendship Fund such an amazing part of being a Theta - always being supported by Theta through thick and thin.
To learn more about the Friendship Fund, visit http://www.kappaalphatheta.org/learnabouttheta/programs/friendshipfund/
THETA PIZZA KITCHEN
Theta Pizza Kitchen is Kappa Alpha Theta's new signature philanthropy even -- a night of competitive eating! Teams of three are given two large pizzas and endless time to finish the two pies. Teams are made up of students from all around campus, representing raternities, athletic teams, academic departments, and even freshmen dormitories.
Also a part of Theta Pizza Kitchen is free food and raffles, donated by our sponsors. This Spring we raffled off a $200 Amazon gift card, several $100 Chipotle gift cards, and many other gift cards from local vendors.
Theta Pizza Kitchen benefits the CASA of Allegheny County. a group that works to support children going through the foster care system.
Theta knows that paying for college can be hard. The Theta Foundation offers merit and need based scholarships to all active sisters and alumnae. For the last two years, at least one Theta from Carnegie Mellon has been awarded a scholarship. For non-academic endeavors, the Theta Foundation offers grants to help Thetas fulfill their leadership and service goals. To learn more about scholarships from the Theta Foundation, visit their website.