For more than 25 years, the national philanthropy of Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation has been Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). CASA was created by a juvenile court judge in 1977 to ensure that the abuse and neglect suffered by some children at home does not continue as abuse and neglect at the hands of the judicial system. CASA programs are known by many names and are sometimes referred to as Guardian Ad Litem or ProKids.
Today, CASA is one of the fastest-growing community service projects in the country. CASA volunteers are ordinary citizens recruited from the community and trained to speak for abused and neglected children in court. Volunteers appear in court with attorneys and social workers to recommend to the judge what is best for the child’s future, thus becoming their voice in court.
Both college and alumnae chapters host events throughout the year to support their state and local CASA organizations. 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.”
Gamma Delta & CASA
Our chapter has had the privilege to partner with the Athens-Oconee branch of CASA for the past 10 years.
Throughout this time, we have enjoyed a number of projects and various events
in which we've raised money for such an incredible local cause. We are honored to be the number one fundraising provider for the Athens-Oconee CASA and its ability to have such a direct impact on the children in our city. Each year, we look forward to coming up with new ideas as to how best serve CASA and strengthen our relationship with them and the kids that they serve. Check out these photos and others on our social media outlets for all the highlights of our recent fundraising events!
In September 2016, we hosted our annual fall Boots & BBQ event at our house. This meal-on-the-lawn gathering has been a long-standing tradition of our chapter's philanthropic efforts towards CASA and it is one of our favorite ways to interact with the local community while also raising money. We catered local barbecue, enjoyed live music and spent a beautiful autumn evening with friends at our house.
In February 2017, we hosted our second annual Silent Auction to Celebrate CASA during our spring Parents Weekend. We hosted approximately 400 members, family, and alumnae at a venue in downtown Athens in which attendees could bid on various items, enjoy delicious desserts, and listen to a great local band. Executive Director of the Athens-Oconee CASA, Susie Weller, joined us to share some of her personal remarks of thanks as well as background on the work they do around town. We saw tremendous success in attendance, overall reception, and financial donations, ultimately raising $13,264!
You can find more photos from this event in the Photo Gallery tab or in our Facebook album found here.
For any questions regarding CASA, please contact our service & philanthropy directors, Chloe and Peri at firstname.lastname@example.org.