As women of Kappa Kappa Gamma, all of us in Epsilon Eta are proud to support Reading Is Fundamental, our official philanthropic partner. It is truly our pleasure to offer our support through the donation of thousands of books and volunteer hours to Boys and Girls Clubs, elementary schools and hospitals. Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), works to build a literate nation by helping young people discover the joy of reading. RIF’s highest priority is to serve the nation’s under-served children and families through the development and delivery of literacy programs and campaigns that motivate youth to read regularly. Our sisters also support the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation with financial gifts to help fund scholarships, confidential aid, education and training, and support of our two museums. And lastly, just in the last two years our chapter has been chosen for the prestigious opportunity to host GIRLS Academy events. These are day-long leadership events with middle school girls in our local community, where we build relationships with the girls and participate in activities to develop them into strong and empowered women and leaders. All three of these organizations are near and dear to our hearts and we love working to benefit them by putting on events throughout the year, as well as working directly with the organizations themselves!
To learn more about our work with each organization, continue reading down below:
Reading Is Fundamental
Reading is Fundamental is our National Charity we support, and we are blessed to have ways that our members can be hands with it in our own community. Each week we visit Ridgecrest, a preschool in the Auburn Community, to read stories and do crafts with the kids there. This tradition is very special to us because it gives us the chance to go out in the community and build relationships with the kids we are helping. We also do RIF distributions at Ridgecrest so that each student can have a book at home to practice reading with.
For the past two years we have also had the amazing opportunity to host a new event called Girls Academy! Girls Academy is a two-day event where we were able to partner alongside local middle schools. During this retreat, middle-school girls discussed the challenges they face, journaled about their dreams and participated in a community service project while being mentored by the sisters of Epsilon Eta and some of our alumnae. We feel so honored to have been chosen as one of select few Kappa Chapters around the nation to host it this year and hope to continue hosting Girls Academy in the future!
In the fall we put on our event Kappa Kappaccino. This event has a coffee house feel with coffee, desserts and live music in our chapter room. We love putting this together each fall because it brings together people from throughout Auburn's campus. The funds raised from the event are donated to Reading Is Fundamental and The Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation.
Mac & Keys
The sisters of Epsilon Eta had a great time hosting their spring philanthropy event, Mac & Keys this year! We had a Jim N Nicks mac & cheese bar, cheese biscuits, and drinks for everyone to enjoy. There is truly nothing better than being able to share our passion for our philanthropies with the rest of Auburns campus. Through this event, we were able to raise over $2,000 for Reading is Fundamental and the Kappa Kappa Gamma foundation.