SUPPORTING CASA FOR 25 YEARS
Since 1989, Kappa Alpha Theta has supported the advocacy work of CASA for Children, our international philanthropy. We share CASA’s belief that all children have the fundamental right to be safe, and to be treated with dignity and respect. Court Appointed Special Advocates—CASA volunteers—work with children who have been removed from the home due to abuse or neglect. A CASA volunteer provides a voice for the child in the courtroom and the community. CASA programs across the country are known by several different names, including Guardian ad Litem, Child Advocates and Voices for Children.
Today, more than 75,000 CASA volunteers are serving 240,000 abused and neglected children around the country. But 400,000 children are still waiting. Waiting for a CASA volunteer. Waiting for a compassionate adult who will keep showing up until the child is safe in the embrace of a loving family. The children are waiting because CASA for Children at current funding levels can serve only 35% of the children in the foster care system.
We give to CASA in many ways: as thoughtful advocates, committed volunteers and generous donors. As individuals and as a fraternity, we say: I am a Theta. I am for the child™. Find out how you can help.
Learn more about how Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity supports National CASA on the Fraternity Website.
ALPHA OMICRON SERVICE EVENTS
KATS MAKING TRACKS 5K
Kappa Alpha Theta is committed to making a difference in the lives of others. We are very proud to be part of a 25-year history of providing support for National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). For the past 20 years, the women of Kappa Alpha Theta have hosted the annual "KATs Making Tracks 5K" benefitting our local Cleveland County CASA.
This past year, over 650 runners came out to support Cleveland County CASA and raise over $45,000 for their programs aiding the abused and neglected children of our community. That's enough funding to provide an entire year of services for 45 children!
For more information about our annual KATs Making Tracks 5K, please visit Theta5K.com.
Traditionally, Kappa Alpha Theta Pancake Party has been a Valentines-themed pancake buffet and social gathering held for University of Oklahoma students and the surrounding community to raise money for a cause near to our hearts each spring semester. The week of Valentine’s Day, Pancake Party was held at the big white house on 845 Chautauqua for a midnight pancake breakfast.
In 2016, Kappa Alpha Theta chose Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma's only elementary school specifically for homeless children, as our beneficiary. This year, our members helped raise over $7,000 for Positive Tomorrows through our annual Pancake Party.
SERVICE EVENTS ON CAMPUS
Chapter members participate in numerous service events that give back to the Norman Community including:
- The Big Event - OU's day of service
- Relay for Life
THE TAYLOR WITCHER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
In July of 2014, our beloved sister Taylor Witcher was killed in a tragic car accident. In celebration of her life, the women of the Alpha Omicron Chapter established a memorial scholarship fund. Our chapter will always remember Taylor in our hearts and share our memories of her with the pledge classes to come.
There are two ways to donate:
To donate online: http://www.kappaalphathetafoundation.org/giveback/annual-giving/donate-online/
To donate by mail or phone:
It is very important to remember that all donations must be specified for the Taylor Witcher Memorial Scholarship Fund in order to be directed to her fund. If donating online, select a "restricted donation" and then select "particular scholarship or grant" where you will then indicate Taylor's scholarship in the blank! If donating via mail, they must indicate the scholarship name in the memo line!