Philanthropy is an important aspect of joining and being a Kappa. As a chapter, we always try to find ways to help others on campus and in the Carlisle community. We require, but not limit, our sophomore and junior sisters to compete 8 community service hours per semester and our seniors to complete 6 hours. By holding philanthropic events and volunteering with local institutions, we are able to not only help others, but also make a difference in so many lives locally and across the nation.
Run for Steph
A 3K run fundraiser held every fall semester in memory of a Kappa Alumni who was killed by a drunk driver. Steph was very involved at Dickinson. She not only was an active member in Kappa, but was also a Biology major and played on Dickinson's women’s lacrosse and field hockey teams. Each year, our chapter helps sponsor and run this event to raise more awareness to not drink and drive and in hopes that a situation like Steph's will not occur again.
Lip Sync for Literacy
In the Fall, our chapter co-host’s a campus-wide event called, “Lip Sync for Literacy.” Any Dickinson campus organizations, including sports teams, club teams, and clubs, can sign up to choreograph a dance and lip sync to their favorite songs! It's a fun and entertaining event that everyone can enjoy and it's all for a good cause! All of the proceeds go to Reading is Fundamental. This past Fall, we raised over $4,000! It's something that we look forward to doing every year and are so happy to contribute to our amazing philanthropy.
Once Valentine's Day is around the corner, we start to sell Kappa Kisses, of which proceeds fo to the Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland County and to our own philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental. Our sisters get together and make Valentine's day goody bags which Dickinson students can send to their loved ones one campus! It's a cute way to get in the spirit of the holiday and raise awareness for two great causes.
During each semester, we spend a few weeks selling beverages (coffee in the fall and lemonade in the spring) of which all the proceeds go to Reading is Fundamental.
Reading Is Fundamental
In the Spring, our sisters go to a local elementary school and spend the day doing activities with the students, like reading books and discussing the topics of diversity, friendship, confidence, and issues with bullying. Though we continue to uphold the importance of reading, we also believe that it is important to teach children at a young age to be and grow into good and better people. By teaching children about issues that concern diversity and bullying, we are able to help them understand some real life topics that they may run into in the future. At the end of the day, we donate books to the school to allow the students to continue reading and to eventually spread the importance of reading to others.
Our chapter has formed a relationship with the local Youth & Women’s Club Association (YWCA). Homework Club is a YWCA sponsored after-school program for children in the local public elementary schools that many of our sisters volunteer at. Activities during Homework Club include helping the kids with their homework, snack time, crafts, and free time to go outside and play games. It's definitely a fun-filled time and the kids always keep you on your toes!
Bowling for Books
This past semester, we worked with Pi Beta Phi's Dickinson Chapter to organize a bowling event that raised money for our philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental, and Pi Phi's philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve. This was our first philanthropy event that we co-hosted with another sorority and we can't wait to work with Pi Phi and other sororities in the future!