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Kappa Alpha Theta and CASA for Children: Growing Together

Kappa Alpha Theta proclaims: I am for the childAs Kappa Alpha Theta and CASA for Children prepare to celebrate a 25-year partnership in 2014, Theta’s Service and Philanthropy Committee Chairman Elise Rowan reflects on the many ways the relationship between the organizations has evolved—and will continue to grow in the future.

After an extensive search, Kappa Alpha Theta selected CASA for Children as its national philanthropy in 1989. In the intervening years, the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation has contributed more than $1.2 million to the National CASA Association. Theta chapters have donated many times more to their local CASA programs, more than $700,000 being raised by collegiate chapters in 2012 alone.

What cannot be counted is the tremendous contribution that Kappa Alpha Theta chapters are making toward raising awareness of the CASA cause. Across the country, Theta collegian chapters put the “fun” in fundraising events they hold to benefit their local CASA programs. From crawfish boils to “Cupcakes for CASA” to “Kicks for CASA” Thetas are introducing their peers, parents and community members to the vital role that volunteer advocacy plays in the lives of abused and neglected children.
Theta’s alumnae members are also be active promoters of the CASA cause.

“I am constantly impressed by how many alumnae are staying involved with CASA, as advocates, as board members, or simply as champions of the cause. With 175,000 living members, we have incredible power and potential to help take CASA for Children to the next level—to make CASA a household name,” says Elise.

Looking ahead toward the next 25 years, Elise sees continued growth and opportunities for Theta collegians and alumnae to raise needed awareness of the CASA cause. The decades-long partnership has infused the Theta community with a deep understanding of the life-changing impact CASA volunteers have for abused and neglected children, making Theta’s collegians and alumnae—some of whom are even former foster youth themselves—more effective advocates for the CASA cause.

“As people have gotten involved and stayed involved with CASA—as fundraisers, donors, trained volunteers, and all-round ambassadors—we’ve come to understand more about what we are doing and the impact we are having,” she says. “Our history of involvement is causing a ripple effect that can only continue to spread and grow.”

Watch a video produced by Kappa Alpha Theta about their longstanding partnership with CASA for Children.

The US Department of Justice has supported CASA advocacy since 1985 through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
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