Kappa Alpha Theta was the recipient of the 2012 Community Values Award!
Kappa Alpha Theta showed dedication to service and their community by completing 881 hours of service in the 2012 year, that's an average of 6.6 hours per member!
A Q and A with Kappa Alpha Theta:
What does service mean to you and your chapter? What standard do you hold for your members regarding service?
For our chapter, service means making a conscious effort to directly or indirectly benefit someone in need. We strive to help the Oregon State, Corvallis, and national communities in order to give back to those who give so much to us. Thetas are dedicated to sacrificing our own time and resources for those who may need it more. At Kappa Alpha Theta, we hold our members to a moral standard regarding service. While we require a very minimal amount of service hours per term, our members consistently reach above and beyond this requirement because we know how much of an impact we can make through even the smallest tasks.
Can you name and describe some projects/ongoing service that your chapter is involved in?
Many individual members take but in regular community service on their own such as:
- Oregon State Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Program
- Corvallis Parks and Recreation youth coaching
- Community Outreach
- OSU Psychology Department
- Impact for Life
- Boys and Girls Club
- Healthy Youth Initiative
- Girls on the Run
- Timberhill Athletic Club
- OSU Blood Drives
Some group service events we have done in the past/are going to soon participate in are:
- Jefferson Elementary School Carnival
- Wilson Elementary School Carnival
- Run to Get Lucky
- Corvallis Parks and Recreation
- MLK Day of Service
- Stone Soup
- Beavs Helping Kids Dance Marathon
What is your national philanthropy focus?
Nationally, Kappa Alpha Theta organizes philanthropies to raise money for Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children while they or their guardians are involved in the legal and social service systems. Volunteers remain with each case until it is closed and the child is in a safe, permanent home. Locally, our chapter raises money for the Linn-Benton CASA organization as well as CASA's national organization.
What events does your chapter put on that we can all be looking forward to for the end of this year or next year?
Our annual philanthropy event, Ironbrawl, is a 4-day philanthropy involving Zumba, a 5K Run to our Casa, a day of service, and of course our Friday Night Lights Ironbrawl flag football tournament. This even is coming up on week 3 of spring term from April 16th - 19th.
We also collaborate with Pastini on 9th for our Pasta for CASA pasta-thon. This year, on week 1 of spring term from April 1st - 3rd, 50% of all proceeds made by Pastini will be donated to CASA when customers mention CASA or Kappa Alpha Theta.
What do you feel bonds your chapter together? (List some fun things you all do together!)
Our chapter is bonded by simply the time we share together, from sitting around the house to holding sisterhood events. In the past, some fun things we've done together have been attending Portland Trailblazers games, having spontaneous photo shoots, taking trips to the Oregon coast and Whistler, having movie nights, having both deep heart-to-heart and fun game show themed sisterhood events, making time capsules, and even playing hide and seek around the house.
What is the Community Values Award?
The Community Values Award was devised by the OSU Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) and the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life. All Greek organizations are eligible for the award. The award is given on a yearly basis to the chapter that records the highest average community service hours per member, allowing smaller chapters to compete with larger chapters. This award encourages direct community engagement, which may be overlooked due to the traditional Greek focus on nation-wide philanthropy efforts.
The award benefits Greek Life by:
- Integrating more members of the Greek community into the Corvallis community
- Promoting the benefits of being involved with Greek organizations
- Facilitating the positive visibility of Greek life
- Developing professional relationships outside of campus
The award benefits the community by:
- Providing hundreds of volunteers in and service to the community
- Strengthening relationships and partnerships between the Corvallis community and OSU
The award benefits the Center for Civic Engagement by:
- Ensuring a base of volunteers to place into programs, events, and service opportunities
- Creating a connection between the OSU CCE and other campus organizations
- Promoting the visibility of the OSU CCE
- Providing an assessment tool for tracking volunteers in the OSU community
Service, Documentation and Application Steps for Greek organizations:
Step 1) Find a service placement (or many) in one of the following ways:
Visit the CCE office for a complete service inventory or email email@example.com.
Visit the CCE web site to view an updated inventory of service opportunities.
Log on to HandsOn Willamette to view community organizations currently seeking volunteers: http://www.handsonw.org/.
Members may also contact the CCE coordinators directly to find service opportunities.
Step 2) VOLUNTEER
Get out and volunteer! If there is a large group, CCE can help organize the service event and/or help provide transportation.
CCE encourages direct service (face-to-face, hands on work) vs. indirect service (administrative, training, etc). However, both direct and indirect hours can be logged. If chapters are close in service hours, we will evaluate the type of service completed. If you have questions about the different types of service, please contact CCE.
Don’t forget to bring your service tracking form! The service activity supervisor at your site must sign this form (or a volunteer tracking form from your chapter approved by CCE).
Step 3) Complete volunteer sign-off and hour tracking form
Volunteer sign-off and tracking forms are available on the CCE website for both individual service and group service events. Make sure your tracking forms are signed by each service activity supervisor. Paperwork must be completed and turned in to CCE. Hours will only be counted if they are recorded on these forms (or another form approved by CCE staff) and turned in by the deadline each quarter.
Forms are due the first day of Dead Week each quarter to be totaled at the end of the calendar year. If service work occurs during finals week or over break, the hours should be submitted during the first week of classes during the next term. The award runs via the calendar, not academic, year and therefore includes winter, spring and fall quarters (summer not included).
Step 5) Submit a final application packet to CCE by January 24, 2014.
Forms are due the first day of Dead Week each quarter. By the final application deadline, all volunteer sign-off and tracking forms should already be submitted.
The final application must include a written narrative (approximately 2 pages) demonstrating your chapter’s impact on the community. At minimum, please include a summary of your service work and impact on the community, the number of members who participated in service, hours completed, and agencies involved in your report.
Submit completed volunteer sign-off forms and your narrative to CCE, located at SNELL 158. If nobody is in the office, forms can be dropped at Snell 149, the Student Leadership and Involvement front desk, or left in the envelope outside CCE at SNELL 158.
Please send an email confirming the date and location where your application was submitted.
Announcing a winner
The winning chapter will be decided based on the average number of service hours per member and upon the submission of a complete application. Numbers are tallied by counting the average number hours per chapter member. For example: if sorority A has 100 service hours and 50 members, 100/50= 2 hours per member. If sorority B has 100 service hours and 25 members, 100/25= 4 hours per member. Sorority B would be the winner.
Numbers will be tallied during winter term and the winner will be announced via email to Bob Kerr, Facebook, the CCE website, and the CCE and Greek Life email list. The winning organization will receive a custom certificate from the OSU CCE and the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life, and recognition at the annual Greek Awards Ceremony in the spring. In addition, the winner will be announced in the Barometer and the CCE will send a letter of recognition to the national headquarters of the winning chapter to commend the winning chapter’s work.