This past semester, we participated in the Belize Dance Marathon on Drake’s campus, which raised money to build a school and health clinic in Be-lize. It was a fun night of dancing and activities and we were glad to be contributing to a com-munity in need. In February, we also participat-ed in a new event called Girls in Science at the Science Center in Des Moines. At this event, we talked to young girls about the profession of pharmacy and medication safety. In March, we participated in Drake’s Relay for Life by walking around the indoor track from 6 pm to 6 am on a Friday night and raising money for the American Cancer Society. Throughout the semester, we also volunteered at Ronald McDonald house by cleaning the bedrooms and making meals for families whose children are at the Blank Chil-dren’s Hospital. Brothers practiced their clinical skills at the Southridge Mall Health Screening and the Drake Campus Health Fair as well. We enjoyed running a 5k put on by Lambda Kappa Sigma for their philanthropy and look forward to having a health table at the Farmer’s Market in Des Moines this upcoming summer. By hav-ing the largest group attendance at the Lambda Kappa Sigma event, Kappa Psi won 100 dollars to donate to the American Red Cross! In addi-tion, a Kappa Psi brother took second place in the men’s 5k and another took first place in the women’s 5k. -Natalie Benson | Chaplain
Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House provides living for parents and family of sick children who have traveled to get their child medical help. This way, families can stay close to their child and not have to worry about anything else. About once or twice per month, Kappa Psi brothers go to the Ronald McDonald house next to Iowa Methodist Hospital in order to cook a meal or clean for the families living in the house. We also collect pop tabs to send to Ronald McDonald House Charities. You can find a container for pop tabs in all of the residence halls on Drake's campus.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide adequate shelter for those in poverty by asking volunteers to help build houses in the community. Habitat for Humanity is unique in that the future homeowners actually work beside volunteers to build their own house. In the Fall semester, Kappa Psi brothers helped in the construction, and we hope to provide more opportunities to help in the future.
Katy's Kids is a program developed by the Iowa Pharmacy Association to help teach children about medication safety. The program stars Katy, a kangaroo who accompanies the pharmacists and pharmacy students on all of their presentations. Some of the goals of the presentations are to teach kids that medicine is not candy, that it can be dangerous if it's not taken correctly, and that you should only take medicine if it is given to you by your parents or another adult you know.
Light the Night
Light the Night is another walk that helps raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. As implied by the name, the walk occurs at night, and volunteers can carry illuminated balloons in different colors, representing survivors or the remembrance of loved ones. Funds that are raised from this event go to help cancer research.
Meals from the Heartland
Every year, Meals from the Heartland allows volunteers to help package balanced meals to send to hungry people all over the world, including Haiti, South Africa, Nigeria, and Israel. In 2010, about 4,500,000 meals were packaged and sent to those in need.
Relay for Life
There is always at least one team at Drake University's Relay for Life representing Kappa Psi. Relay for Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society in which teams of volunteers raise money and cancer awareness by walking around the track. Each team is asked to have a representative be walking at all times, and the event lasts for 12 hours.