The ladies of the Richardson/Plano Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter (RPKDAC) know how to show some love to nonprofits. Without being asked, they “applied for and received a $7,000 KiDs Grant from the Kappa Delta Foundation” for Family Compass’ “Growing as Parents” program in Dallas and Collin counties.
As RPKDAC Community Service VP Gail Chandler put it, “We need Family Compass’ effective parent education programs more than ever during the current pandemic as many North Texas families struggle to cope with increasing financial and emotion pressure. We support and thank these dedicated workers whose efforts on the front lines are mostly unseen by the public but are helping address the critical issue of child abuse in our communities.”
Thanks to this fund, the program will “help support, mentor and educate pregnant and parenting young mothers about parenting best practices.” The goal is “increase their competency and lower stress in their homes, key factors that prevent child abuse and neglect.”
And the Kappa Deltas didn’t stop there. By collecting personal funds, they were able to provide $100 gift cards for each of the Family Compass staff members in “recognition of the commitment of the staff who had faced pay cuts recently after the COVID-19 crisis impacted the nonprofit’s budget.”
In addition to that the Chapter “donated school supplies and stuffed back-to-school backpacks for Family Compass families.”
According to Family Compass CEO Ona Foster, “Stress in homes is a primary factor in child abuse and neglect. The COVID pandemic has hit the homes of many of the struggling families we serve hardest, resulting in my team stepping up to help, giving 100% despite expense reductions measures we had to take at the agency. They believe in this mission and give it their all. The gift from the Richard/Plano Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter not only helps them financially but is a huge morale boost, acknowledging all their hard work on behalf of parents and children in our community. We are so grateful for the ongoing amazing support of this remarkable group of women.”
* Photo courtesy of Richardson/Plano Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter