The women of Beta Kappa believe serving others is of the utmost importance, and we live out these values through hosting and participating in various philanthropic events, charities and fundraisers. We also dedicate hundreds of hours to the community in service projects, individual volunteering and campus involvement. Our sisterhood is strengthened through our commitment to the community, and we have found that giving to others is the place in which you truly find yourself.
KKG Flower Grams
Every February around Valentines Day, we rally the support of the Greek Community to sell and deliver carnations with personalized messages to anyone on campus. This is a fun event that both strengthens bonds between chapters and friends and raises money for a great cause. Each year we pick a deserving charity or cause and donate all proceeds raised in our Flower Gram event. In the past we have donated to offset medical costs for our cook's daughter, Alternatives to Violence on the Palouse, and most recently, to host a local Girl's Academy in the spring of 2017.
Miles for Minds
In April, we host a 5k fun run around campus called Miles for Minds. This run, walk or stroll through our beautiful campus raises money for Reading Is Fundamental, Kappa Kappa Gamma’s national philanthropy. Reading Is Fundamental benefits children in underprivileged homes, getting books and support to young families that would otherwise not have the resources to succeed. Along with the run, there is also a book drive, and participants are encouraged to bring an age-appropriate book to receive a discount on their registration. These books are then donated to local schools, libraries and community centers to promote childhood literacy right here at home.
We are proud to give back to the community. Each year, we encourage new members to participate in the University of Idaho’s "Saturday of Serving your New Community", an event put on in August exclusively for new students at the University. This is a great time to bond with each other, make new friends, and get familiar with the Vandal spirit of service and community!
Each February during the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, we adopt a site and work there all day- upwards of 12 hours. Since 2015 we have done this jointly with the fraternity Sigma Chi and earned the Volunteer of the Year Award, an honor to us all. We also participate in the University-wide "Saturday of Service" in the spring semester, where we are assigned a community area in need and help out. This could be anything from painting to raking leaves or building a trail, the focus is to improve our already great town.
Perhaps the most incredible part about the Beta Kappa women of Kappa Kappa Gamma is that we go above and beyond even this. We as individuals have unique interests and skills, and are encouraged to use these passions to give back. We have women volunteering at schools, churches, and campus clubs like SArb (Student-Alumni Relations Board) and ASUI. We have volunteer coaches, youth leaders, and tutors. We have women involved in Alternative Service Break Projects, where they give up their time off for winter or spring break to give back at a national or international level. If the University, Panhellenic Council, or community needs volunteers, Kappas are consistently showing up to help, because to be a part of Beta Kappa means to serve those around us with a willing and happy heart.