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 is an organization that provides mentors for abused, abandoned, and neglected children. These mentors establish close bonds with the children, as they interact one-on-one and serve as a voice for the children during the judicial process.
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.
The Zeta Upsilon chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta supports CASA in a number of ways. This includes money raised from our annual Theta 5K, and the Chelles Macarons Fundraiser. Over the course of the past year, we have donated over $10,000 to CASA. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and our chapter’s diligent effort, we are able to raise money and help make a difference.
THETA GIVES BACK
One of our ideals is service, and the Zeta Upsilon chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta values such with high regards. The women of Zeta Upsilon work together, on and off of UTD's campus, to create a better world through service to others.The Zeta Upsilon chapter makes community service and philanthropy events fun for our sisters, UTD students, and the community at large. From working with CASA, to volunteering at 5Ks, we consider service to be one of the most important aspects of our fraternity.
Aside from our involvement in chapter-sponsored philanthropy events, individual members also pursue personal activities. Thetas can frequently be seen volunteering their time at local animal shelters, collecting food for the UTD Comet Cupboard, participating in missionary work, and participating in CometTHON.
Check out our Service section of our gallery to see what we have done recently!