Founded in 1943, Family & Children's Service (FCS) is one of Nashville's oldest and most respected nonprofits. FCS provides a broad spectrum of safety-net social service programs for children and families, including two programs specifically sponsored by the Thetas.
The Davidson County Relative Caregiver Program (DCRCP) provides emotional and practical support for children in the care of non-parental relatives. These are mostly grandparents, the vast majority of whom are impoverished. The children cannot be cared for by their parents due to incarceration, substance abuse, abandonment, mental illness, or various other issues. The Domestic Violence Counseling Program connects DV victims and their children to caring counselors who can start the healing process, help DV victims understand the judicial process, and act as their advocates.
For more information about these and other Family & Children's Service programs, please visit www.fcsnashville.org. For information about Theta involvement with FCS, contact Nancy Stabell or Beth O'Shea.
Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
CASA provides volunteer Special Advocates for abused and neglected children in Nashville. Each year, the Davidson County Juvenile Court identifies nearly 2,000 "at high risk" children who need a CASA volunteer. Due to current resource restraints, last year CASA was able to provide volunteers to just 530 of these children. CASA volunteers ensure that the children they advocate for receive critical services and are placed in safe, permanent homes. You can make a big difference in a child's life with CASA! Find out more by calling (615) 425-2383 or visiting www.casa-nashville.org.
CASA's biggest event of the year is its annual Red Shoe Party, which was held May 2nd, 2015 at The Country Music Hall of Fame's new event space! The glamorous evening featured dinner, drinks, both a silent and live auction, and of course live music and dancing. All proceeds from the event help to further CASA's work of recruiting, training, and supervising the volunteers who advocate for the best interests of the abused and neglected children of Davidson County. Keep an eye out for information on the 17th Annual Red Shoe Party, which will be held in the Spring of 2016.
Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation
Founded in 1960, the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation was the vision of Evelyn Widman Tunnicliffe, Eta/Michigan, the Foundation's first president appointed by Grand Council. Her vision was to put Fraternity "ideals into action" by helping individuals realize their fullest potential through rehabilitation, education, and involvement. Thanks to her commitment and the support of members who follow in her footsteps, the legacy of Evelyn Widman Tunnicliffe and her love for Kappa Alpha Theta carries on through the work of the Foundation.
The Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable and educational tax-exempt organization, independent from the Fraternity, whose mission is to link members with resources to help them reach their fullest potential and to make a difference in the world. Created by Thetas for Thetas, the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation is dedicated to raising money for scholarships, educational and leadership grants, and financial hardship grants for our Kappa Alpha Theta members.
Awarding more than $1 million dollars annually, what began in 1960 as a means of raising funds to support the philanthropic and educational opportunities for members of the Fraternity continues today as a pillar of support for its individual members, chapters, and the Fraternity at large.
For more information, click on Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation at http://www.kappaalphathetafoundation.org.
The Nashville Chapter's Bal d'Hiver is also linked to the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation – Nashville Alumnae Chapter's Bal d'Hiver: Supporting Theta's Bright Young Women through Give to Lead, Give to Learn