Service is an essential part of what we do at Kappa Alpha Theta at Columbia. Each semester, we hold a signature philanthropy event to support our national philanthropies, Court Appointed Special Advocates (C.A.S.A.) and Theta Foundation. These events occur on campus and serve to unite the community while giving back to causes close to our hearts. In addition to our signature philanthropy events, we lead service events throughout the city on a weekly basis. A few of the Columbia events we participate in include Relay for Life, Dance Marathon, and Morningside Park cleanups. Other Theta service events take place outside of Morningside Heights, and provide an opportunity for Thetas to make an impact throughout New York City. In the past year, we have organized groups to volunteer at the People's Climate March, Best Friends Cat/Dog Adoption Event, NEDA Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, Wendy Walk, Dorot Center for the Elderly, American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge, Project for the Homeless, Community Lunch Soup Kitchen, Birthday Fairies, and many more.
Cupcakes for C.A.S.A.
Theta's philanthropy events, each held once per academic year, are open to the entire campus and have raised thousands of dollars for our philanthropies to date. They are meant to foster a sense of both Greek and campus- wide community while promoting the cause of and raising money for our national philanthropy.
Our signature philanthropy event is held every fall at our brownstone at the end of the semester, and features delicious homemade baked goods and raffle items generously donated by Morningside vendors. We invite the Columbia community to take a study break and come learn more about Theta’s involvement with C.A.S.A. All proceeds raised by the event are used to support the local C.A.S.A. chapter in New York City.
Our spring philanthropy event varies year by year. In Spring 2018, Theta hosted our own Casa Carnival! We hosted a fun-filled event with cotton candy, popcorn, and other baked goods as well as activities including giant bowling, face painting, and watercolors! In true carnival spirit, we hosted a raffle including items such as Equinox passes, SoulCycle classes, and local restaurant gift cards. All proceeds support the New York City chapter of C.A.S.A.