The Eta Rho Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma strives to give back to the community through our involvement with local organizations in need.
The Eta Rho chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma supports many different charities and organizations including Active Minds, Reading is Key, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and the Central Coast Autism Center.
Reading is Key
Reading is Key was KKG’s former national philanthropy before we switched to Mental Health and Wellbeing this past year. While we are very excited about the opportunity to redirect our efforts to this very relevant issue of mental health, Eta Rho still felt that we had strong ties with the message and work of Reading is Key.
Because of this, we decided to keep Reading is Key alive and turn it into one of our local philanthropies. With this, we are still able to connect with local teachers and students in Title 1 (low-income) schools and provide them with books, crafts, and support. Many teachers we visit are even Kappa Eta Rho alums! This philanthropy holds a special place in our hearts and we look forward to seeing the children’s smiling faces and knowing the impact we can make on them just by providing some more resources for them.
Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation
The Eta Rho chapter also works to support the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation, which provides support to Kappas in times of difficulty, emergency, or loss through scholarships and financial aid. This organization captures Kappa's "it's not four years, it's for life" motto, as this organization is forever there to support both actives and alumni.
Kappa Karnival raises money for our local philanthropy, the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center, which we proudly started supporting just last year. We chose the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center as our local philanthropy as we all feel that we know someone who is affected by autism in some capacity, and think it is a positive way to directly impact our community. The center provides money for families affected by autism to help pay for various expenses such as doctor's appointments, as well as providing a community for families and giving them a safe space to feel love and support. The event involved tournaments between fraternities, where they played numerous carnival-themed games, before opening to the public. Once open to the community, local families from the surrounding area and members from the center came to play carnival games run by our sisters. As well as eating some carnival food, getting temporary tattoos, and entering to win raffle prizes donated by local vendors! We couldn’t be more proud to help support such an awesome organization that helps benefit members of our community here in SLO.
Kappa Splash is an inner tube water polo tournament hosted in one of the on-campus pools. It was a great way for our chapter and fraternities to work together and create bonds while having fun and coaching water polo.
This event was in support of Active Minds, Eta Rho’s choice of nonprofit for our national philanthropy, Mental Health, and Wellbeing. Here, through donations from friends and family, we were able to raise thousands of dollars towards the important cause of destigmatizing and raising awareness as well as providing resources for teens and young adults with mental health issues in our county.
In the years that we have been at Cal Poly, our chapter has been able to give back and make a difference in the SLO community and we cannot wait to see what the future has in store for us and our philanthropy events!
If you have any questions about anything philanthropy related, please contact our Philanthropy Chairman, Kailyn McMullen at firstname.lastname@example.org!