Community Impact

Kappa Kappa Kappa, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Indiana service sorority founded in 1901 to raise funds for charity, culture and education.

Established in 1903, the Valparaiso Iota Chapter is one of 144 Active chapters statewide and currently consists of 100 members. We hold three local fundraisers; Girls Night Out, Nut Sale and Taste of Valparaiso, to fund community grants and scholarships. Members also volunteer time with community outreach ranging from preschool vision screening to creating art for the community.

Information presented here represents the most recent calendar year, unless otherwise noted.

Day of Caring
12 Kappa Volunteers
30 Service Hours
20 Care & Comfort packages assembled
30 Lunches served (approx)

Tri Kappas served a luncheon at the VNA Hospice Center for hospice families, volunteers and staff. We also assembled Comfort and Care Packages for patients and their families.

Girls Night Out
25 Kappa Volunteers
30+ Service Hours
130 Attendees
11 Sponsors

November 7th, 2015, we hosted our first Girls Night Out fundraiser at Valparaiso University Center for the Arts. We were proud to feature a first class Second City Improv group. It was a great night filled with lots of laughs and fun!

Save the date for our second Girls Night Out, September 22, 2016 at Urschel Laboratories, featuring Valparaiso’s own Disposable Theatre improv group.

Nut Sale
100 Kappa Members Selling
70+ Service Hours
4057 Pounds of Nuts Sold
Top Sellers:  Whole Cashews, Pistachios, Deluxe Nut Mix

Tri Kappa’s have been selling Terri Lynn nuts for as long as we can remember. We always time our sale so that you can receive your order in time for Thanksgiving baking and Holiday gifts. The annual Nut Sale is our second highest grossing fundraiser and contributes heavily to our Scholarship and Grant funds.

Preschool Vision
38 Kappa Volunteers
90 Service Hours
402 Students (aged 4-6) tested
16+ Students referred for further testing

1 out of 20 preschoolers and 1 out of 4 school-aged children has an eye problem requiring treatment or correction. Since children do not know how well they should see, they will not typically complain about poor vision. Eye disorders, if they remain undiscovered, can harmfully affect a child’s personality, his/her learning ability and entire adjustment in school.

The primary target of the Children’s Vision Screening is AMBLYOPIA, or “lazy eye.” If not detected and treated by the age of six, it can cause permanent loss of sight.

Community Grants
16 Kappa Volunteers
122 Service Hours
40 Applications received for 2015-16
$19,000 Awarded to 18 Organizations

Tri Kappa invites grant applications for local non-profit groups serving ZIP codes 46383 and 46385. Application periods are in September and March, with decisions made in October and April. Each organization is encouraged to submit a request for specific funds up to $3,000.  Due to high need in the current economic climate, awards are rarely that high, but we do try to award as much as we can based on the pool of applicants, the purpose of the requested funds, and our mission to support Charity, Culture and Education.

Kappa Art Committee
“Seedpods to Snowflakes” Mosaic at Urschel Pavilion
30 Kappa Volunteers + Community Groups
1500 Service Hours
16’ High by 22’ Wide Mosaic

Tri Kappa, Iota Chapter partnered with the Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission Art Committee to create a lasting public art piece for the new Central Park expansion. The committee commissioned a mosaic design from Julia Sowles-Barlow from the Chicago Public Art Group.  She developed the theme, “Seedpods to Snowflakes” because the park is now a four season attraction.

The mosaic is located on the west wall of the Indiana Beverage Activity Center on Napoleon Street, directly behind the Urschel Pavilion on Lafayette Street. The project took over a year to complete and engaged the community through groups like Boys and Girls Club, Opportunity Enterprises, Cub Scouts, and Valparaiso University.

Riley Hospital Cheer Guild
4 Kappas
12+ Service Hours
14 No-Sew Fleece Blankets
200 Knots per Blanket

Traditionally, Tri Kappa has supported the Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis through providing comfort items like handmade puppy pillows, no-sew fleece blankets, and small activities (toys and books) for the patients.

Hilltop Readers
15 Kappa Volunteers
40 Service Hours
54 Children Read to
57 Books Donated

Hilltop Neighborhood House was established in in 1996. It is a registered ministry childcare center that serves primarily low-income families. They offer care for children 6 weeks through 5+. 60% of the children served are receiving some sort of financial aid. Costs to families are determined on a sliding scale formula.

Kappa has been serving Hilltop for nearly all of the years Hilltop has existed. 15 Kappas donated time each month to read to 3 classes of children from 2-1/2 to 5 years-old.

Holiday Angels
39 Families Helped
109 Children Served
$800 Raised for Local Food Pantry

Iota members have created a tradition of adopting families that need a little help over the holidays. Valparaiso Community Schools collects a list of families with children and Kappas choose one family to support by buying clothing and books or games for each child in the family. Additionally, Kappas run a small members-only Silent Auction at the Holiday Party and donate the proceeds toward some local charity. This year, the Holiday Dinner Committee chose a Local Food Pantry.

Kindness Project
10 Service Hours
$568 Raised
5 Reading Buddies for United Way
17 Treats for Lakeshore PAWS
10 Gift Cards for Dayspring Women’s Shelter
7 Inspirational Books for Dayspring
8 Ice Skating Passes with Rental for Boys & Girls Club
18 Early Reader books for Parkview Elementary

The state of Indiana observed Tri Kappa Week from February 21st-27th this year.  The Iota Chapter in Valparaiso, Indiana celebrated over a century of community involvement with a Kindness Project. We chose to donate items to a number of local non-profit organizations.

Scholarships
17 Kappa Volunteers
280 Service Hours
59 Scholarship Applications
$18,500 Awarded
3,420 Pages of material printed
18 Scholarships

Promoting education has always been a top priority for Tri Kappa. Beginning in 1920, the Iota Chapter awarded four Valparaiso University scholarships of $42 each. Since then, the chapter has contributed almost $400,000 to support educational programs and scholarships. Applications are available through local High School Counselors’ offices.

Currently, the Iota Chapter awards between $12,000-$16,000 annually in Scholarships. Three categories  are awarded; one Fine Arts Scholarship, several Four-Year In-State Scholarships, and a few In-State Vocational Scholarships.

Taste of Valpo
100 Kappa Volunteers
500+ Service Hours
14 Sponsors
33 Restaurants

Our signature event of the year, the Taste features over 30 restaurants from in and around Valparaiso, Indiana. Each restaurant brings samples of some of their best eats to share with the 1000 participants who fill the Porter County Expo Center hoping to go home stuffed. The evening is enhanced with a Raffle, and Silent Auction. 100% of profits are redistributed into the community.

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