A Message from the Chapter:
On behalf of the Zeta Chi Chapter from Kennesaw State University, we strive to reach our goal to raise money to show our appreciation to all of the brave men and women serving our country in the armed forces. The Zeta Chi Chapter has been on Kennesaw States campus for four years, so we strive to spread the word about this foundation to raise awareness about the cause, and to provide everyone in our community of over 34,000 students an opportunity to join us in reaching our goal. Currently in our chapter we have ten brothers with family members that are serving or have served, and we have had two brothers who have left our chapter to serve our great country. We are ambitious to reach our goal to show our love and appreciation for those that have gave so much to protect our country.
About this Initiative:
In 2016, the Zeta Phi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order at High Point University began ‘Operation KARE’ (Knowledge, Awareness, Results, Empower) - a student led initiative aimed at raising money to provide Track Chairs for wounded veterans. We were motivated by the service and sacrifice of the brave men and women who serve in uniform. Realizing that they were not much older than we were at the time, we wanted to do something tangible and meaningful for them. Between 2016 and 2018 our group has raised AND donated over $68,000 to the Independence Fund to provide Track Chairs and other wellness programs for veterans around the country. To achieve this, we built a nationwide coalition of 300+ donors — individuals, businesses, and other organizations — from 28 states around the country. While many of the people who began this have since graduated college, we want to continue in our mission to care for our nation’s most deserving.
This year, we are expanding this initiative to include KA chapters on college campuses around the country to support the Independence Fund and our veterans.
Founded in 2007, The Independence Fund is committed to empowering our nation’s severely wounded, injured, or ill Veterans to overcome the physical, mental, and emotional wounds incurred in the line of duty. Through their Mobility, Caregiver, Advocacy, and Adaptive Sports programs, The Independence Fund provides dynamic resources to bridge the gap of unmet needs for Veterans and their caregivers. The organization ensures that the services they provide focus on the goal of giving our Veterans the best mobility device options available, as well as promoting the mental and physical health of both our Veterans, and their families. For more details regarding the Independence Fund’s mission, how to donate, or ways to get involved, please visit www.independencefund.org.