Prevent Child Abuse America
Since 1984, Kappa Delta collegiate and alumnae chapters have held Shamrock events — local fundraisers that vary from pancake breakfasts and 5K runs to silent auctions and golf tournaments — to support the prevention of child abuse. Shamrock events, staged by thousands of Kappa Delta women in hundreds of communities nationwide, are held throughout the year and have earned local and national media attention.
Every year, KD collegiate and alumnae chapters raise more than $2 million to benefit child abuse prevention efforts. A full 80 percent of the money raised stays in the community and is donated to local child-abuse prevention agencies; the remaining 20 percent goes to the Kappa Delta Foundation to support Prevent Child Abuse America’s national office for its national programs. PCAA was founded by a Kappa Delta, the late Donna Stone, Lambda-Northwestern, which makes the cause that much more relevant to the sorority.
Kappa Delta Sorority has worked nationally with Prevent Child Abuse America for over 30 years! Founded by a Kappa Delta, PCAA works tirelessly to ensure "the healthy development of children nationwide" and ultimately prevent child abuse and neglect from occurring. The funds that Kappa Delta raises through our Shamrock events help finance different programs that PCAA uses to establish confidence in the family and confidence in America's children.
Our local PCAA beneficiary, Rainbow House, opened in 1998 and houses the Regional Child Advocacy Center. It is the home for forensic interviewing for all children in nine counties in the state of Missouri. The CAC makes children and families comfortable during their visit and makes a seamless transition into the healing process.
We spend our entire Shamrock Week hosting different philanthropic events, such as profit-share nights, Koncessions with KD late night dinner, and Kapture KD, a capture-the-flag style event in which other Greek organizations create teams and compete against one another! Our goal for Shamrock Week is not only to raise money, but to raise awareness about child abuse and ways to prevent it. This year our Shamrock Week raised over $36,000!
April is prevent child abuse month and every year Kappa Delta uses pinwheels, the symbol for child abuse prevention, to create a garden display in our front yard! We also sell pinwheels on campus and give them to other Greek chapters to spread awareness.