In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Illuminate Colorado will be highlighting some of our statewide child abuse prevention partners in a new blog series. Follow along and learn about the different ways that individuals and organizations engage in CAP Month around the state!
Illuminate Colorado has been partnering with the Kappa Delta at Colorado State University (CSU) sorority since our strategic partnership was fully formed in 2016. The national Kappa Delta organization has over 250,000 members worldwide, and values community service, leadership, and responsible citizenship. Their official philanthropies are Girl Scouts of the USA and Prevent Child Abuse America, and the Kappa Delta women at CSU work to support impactful organizations by volunteering to raise funds and engaging with the Girl Scouts of Colorado.
As the Colorado chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, Illuminate has the opportunity to partner with Kappa Delta at CSU to support children and families across our state. Every year, the Kappa Deltas at CSU plan two annual fundraising events: ShamRock ‘n Roll in the spring and Fall for KayDee in the fall. These events are designed to include their fellow Greek organizations on campus, as well as the university in general, in their philanthropic work. They raise funds by selling tickets and organizing raffles and other activities, and engage their fellow students by integrating an educational or interactive component to their events. For example, at their ShamRock ‘n Roll event in March 2018, they provided attendees with the opportunity to sign a pledge to end child abuse and neglect!
Additionally, Illuminate Colorado recently held an educational workshop with the Kappa Deltas called ‘Brains, Balloons, & Kindness’. This workshop is a fun, interactive way to illustrate the impact that child maltreatment prevention efforts can have on children and families, and how that impact connects to larger public health issues. Illuminate is looking to hold more of these collaborative educational events at CSU in the future to support the Kappa Deltas in their philanthropy and outreach efforts.
Illuminate Colorado has also been developing a partnership with the Kappa Delta Alumnae - Denver Chapter to engage post-graduate Kappa Deltas! A member of the alumnae group, Jennifer Bradburn, recently joined Illuminate Colorado’s Board of Directors. In addition, the Kappa Delta Alumni will be hosting a fundraiser for Illuminate Colorado at The Old Mine on Monday, April 9th: https://www.facebook.com/events/191816578270424/
We are continually inspired by the energy and dedication of the Kappa Delta women in advocating for children, and their emphasis on community service and giving back. We are grateful that so many future leaders are active in strengthening families in Colorado, and look forward to collaborating for years to come!