Theta's primary philanthropy is CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASA is central to fulfilling society's most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child's right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family. Today, there are more than 77,000 advocates serving in nearly 1,000 state and local program offices nationwide. Since the inception of CASA advocacy, volunteers have helped almost 240,000 abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes in which they can thrive. CASA programs can help a displaced child find the security needed to grow and reach full potential. It's been shown that:
Children who have been assigned CASA volunteers tend to spend less time in court and in foster care than those who do not have CASA representation.
CASA advocated children have better chances of finding permanent homes.
CASA cases are more likely to be reviewed on a regular basis by the court.
The San Luis Obispo chapter of CASA was established in 1993. Susan Polk, a local foster parent, started the SLO chapter along with Terri Clarke, Carol Mathews and Mary Harris. The local chapter started with 18 abused and neglected children and they now help over 2,000. In 2012, there were 100 CASA volunteers serving more that 140 children in the community.
Every Fall Quarter, we host our annual "Burritos For CASA" event at our house on California Boulevard. During the homecoming football game, we set up a burrito making line outside of our house so people can grab a yummy burrito on their way to or from the game! This year was a huge success and we raised enough money to support six CASA’s for the year!
This past year, Theta held our first ever “Spread the Love” Philanthropy event. We teamed up with Delta Tau Delta and Sigma Pi and sold roses and Disneyland raffle tickets during the week of Valentine’s Day. This event was a huge success and we were able to raise over $4,500 for our philanthropies.
Our annual corn hole tournament, also known as "Theta's Backyard Toss," takes place during Spring Quarter in our backyard and parking lot. Each team of 2 entered makes a donation to CASA for the chance to win a personalized corn hole set of their very own. At this event we also enjoy some BBQ favorites and dress decked out in American themed gear. Participants include other sorority and fraternity members as well as other Cal Poly students! We have so much fun facilitating the corn hole event and sharing our love for CASA with the community!
As Theta’s we believe in the widest influence for good. Aside from having philanthropy events to support CASA, we enjoy volunteering whether it be on campus or in our local SLO community. This past quarter, our chapter completed 1,535 hours of service. A few of our favorite service events were making Valentine’s Day Cards for the SLO senior home, making dog toys for the Woods Humane Society, and participating in the Cal Poly Dance Marathon to benefit the Cottage Children’s Medical Center. We also enjoy supporting other Greek Life philanthropies by participating in their fundraising events!