Kappa's Community Service & Philanthropy
Being a part of Transylvania University and the Lexington community for more than 125 years, Pi Kappa Alpha has worked with multiple organizations throughout our history. Here are some of our most recent community service and philanthropy organizations that the Kappa Chapter has partnered with.
St. Jude's Children's Hospital
The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.
Unsure of his life’s direction, a young Danny Thomas sought guidance from St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes. If the saint would point to the path he should take, Danny vowed to build a shrine in his name. Success followed Danny’s plea and soon after, the legendary entertainer set about fulfilling his vow to St. Jude. The result was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
More information can be found at https://www.stjude.org/
Transylvania Student Organizations
Kappa has partnered with several organizations on the campus of Transylvania University. Green Dot, which helps students learn tactics that diffuse potential violence through direct, delegate and distract. Kappa has works with this organization in October to promote Domestic Violence Awareness, January to promote Stalking Awareness and in March to Focus on Raising Awareness of sexual assault.
More information about Green Dot can be found at http://greendot.transy.edu/
Another organization Kappa has worked with is SAGE (Sexual Assault and Gender Education committee). Kappa has partnered with this organization as needed to further promote awareness in sexual violence, harassment and gender issues.
More information about SAGE can be found at https://www2.transy.edu/diversity/programs.htm
National Brain Tumor Society
National Brain Tumor Society is fiercely committed to finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for people living with a brain tumor today and anyone who will be diagnosed tomorrow.
This means effecting change in the system at all levels.
We are strategically positioned to leverage our collective resources and knowledge to deliver the greatest impact to the brain tumor community. Through catalytic funding models, robust research collaborations, and a focused public policy agenda, we're driving systemic change to improve the pace of drug discovery and development.
More information can be found at http://braintumor.org/
Cycle for Life
The mission of the Cycle for Life is to raise awareness for Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Melanoma. Our goal is to fund research to find a cure. The Taylor Trudeau Cycle for Life was created in memory of a fallen Pi Kappa Alpha brother, Taylor Trudeau. Taylor passed away in August 2008 after a yearlong battle with Leukemia.
The Cycle for Life is a stationary cycling event that was founded by the brothers of the Gamma Mu Chapter at the University of New Hampshire. The first event was held shortly after Taylor’s death, and without weeks available for planning $4,000 was raised. In the second year, the Cycle for Life event raised $11,000, and at the third annual event, held in November 2010, $16,000 was raised. All the money raised is donated directly to Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Melanoma research.
More information can be found at http://www.taylorcycleforlife.org/
The mission of God’s Pantry Food Bank is to reduce hunger in Kentucky through community cooperation making the best possible use of all available resources.
In Kentucky, God’s Pantry Food Bank is a member of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks. The seven Feeding America Food Banks working in Kentucky join together to maximize the effectiveness serving the state. The other members of KAFB are the Tri-State Food Bank, Evansville, IN; Feeding America of Kentucky’s Heartland Food Bank, Elizabethtown, KY; FreeStore Food Bank, Cincinnati, OH; Dare to Care Food Bank, Louisville, KY; Huntington Area Food Bank, Huntington, WV and Purchase Area Development District, Mayfield, KY.
More information can be found at http://www.godspantry.org/
Pike Service Opportunities
Would you like to partner with the Kappa Pikes for an event based in the Lexington area? Fill out the form with the details of your organization, event and be sure to include what you would need from us. We'll bring it up for discussion in our next chapter meeting to see if we would be able to help.