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.”
The Beta Zeta Chapter has a special place in it's heart for CASA. We work all year to plan our big philanthropy event, CASA carnival. We go all out decorating the house with fun carnival decorations and serve carnival food such as popcorn, candy, caramel apples, nachos and much more while also playing fun games throughout the night. Not only do we have CASA carnival, but we also host a Bubble soccer tournament in the same week; all of its proceeds go towards CASA as well. Last year, we beat our goal and raised a little over $9,000 to support CASA for kids!!