Fraternities and sororities have had to create unique fundraising opportunities to support their philanthropies amidst COVID-19 concerns. In previous years, these events have been opportunities to bring together Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL), as well as the greater Valpo student community, for a good cause.
On Oct. 10 Kappa Kappa Gamma (KKG) hosted Kappa Kahoot to raise funds for one of their philanthropies, Reading is Fundamental. Members of several fraternities and sororities tuned in via Google Meet to participate in the event.
“We have three philanthropies but this event focused on Reading is Fundamental, we call it RIF, and that is an organization that provides resources to different classrooms around the country and different areas around the country. They provide books, they do professional development and different classroom activities,” said KKG’s Philanthropy Chair, who must remain anonymous due to serving on Panhellenic Council.
Questions for the Kahoot were created by the KKG Philanthropy Chair and her committee. Topics ranged from random facts to Kappa knowledge. The first place winner was Larissa Chavarria of Kappa Delta.
The chapter began planning, pre-pandemic, to revamp their philanthropy event this semester with a flag football tournament. However, due to limitations on group gatherings, and later a moratorium being placed by KKG’s national administration, the event became entirely virtual.
“We were actually put on moratorium by our national headquarters, so we had to do everything online for about a month and this just happened to fall in that time period, it was for COVID obviously, so then we had to do something online. I knew that everyone loves Kahoot because it’s a classic so that’s why we chose to do that,” the Philanthropy Chair said.
Through a $5 team participation fee, t-shirt sales and a crowd change fundraiser, the chapter was able to raise over $1,000 for Reading is Fundamental. The organization supports children’s literacy as well as providing books and raising awareness.
Other philanthropies supported by KKG are the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation and GIRLS Academy. The Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation provides support to members of KKG in several ways, such as grants or scholarships. GIRLS Academy is a newer initiative that provides inspiration to middle school girls and is set to begin for Valpo’s KKGs next semester.
“This year we’re actually getting started with GIRLS Academy, which is building leadership and confidence in middle school girls,” the Philanthropy Chair said.
The women of KKG will be hosting a virtual interest event on Oct. 21. Valpo’s other sororities will also be holding their own interest events in the coming weeks, all via Zoom. Those interested can find additional information through the chapter’s individual Instagram accounts, @valpofsl, and the recruitment events page on valpo.edu.