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.”
We here at UCSC are lucky enough to have a CASA chapter here in Santa Cruz! We are incredibly thankful for our partnership with them, as it has given our sisters the opportunity to learn, grow, and serve a cause which we are genuinely passionate about. Last year we were able to raise over $1000 for Santa Cruz CASA in in the form of donations from our Boba for CASA fundraiser and gifts to the children, many of which our sisters made themselves! In fall 2017 we will be holding our first annual signature philanthropy, the proceeds of which will go directly to CASA and will also be donating books collected through our summer book drive! We look forward to strengthening our relationship with CASA and our commitment to serving. You can learn more about Santa Cruz CASA at https://casaofsantacruz.org/!
We are proud to announce that we hosted our first ever Signature Philanthropy event, Rock the CASA, spring of 2018!