By Grace Brown, Utah
I was in San Diego on spring break, soaking up the sun and hoping
to stall my fast-approaching graduation from the University of Utah. My phone rang
and without much thought, I picked it up. On the other end? My dream internship
with the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation
Well, maybe I didn’t know it was a dream quite yet. I was excited,
but actually a little nervous. Did I even really know what the Foundation was
about? Was I Kappa enough for the job?
When people asked what I would be doing, I didn’t fully know.
Jokingly, I would say I may be calling donors, perhaps even famous Kappas like
The reality is, I didn’t meet Kate Spade and casually talk
fashion over a cup of coffee. I did, however, meet some outstanding women. Before
starting my internship, I was not aware of all the life-changing support the
Kappa Foundation provides. And I had no idea that the Foundation is one example
of how Kappa is for a lifetime.
Because of the Foundation, a young Girl Scout might get to
visit one of the two Kappa museums and learn about women’s history. A girl in
middle school, attending a GIRLS Academy program,
can learn about what it means to be a leader and be inspired to follow her
dreams. An undergraduate Kappa struggling financially to stay in school may be
inspired to apply for a Kappa Foundation scholarship.
A member who falls ill and has unforeseen medical bills; a
member who has had disaster strike and her home left in rubble; these women can
rely on Rose McGill Confidential Aid from
the Foundation to help them get back on their feet. For recipients of Rose
McGill Confidential Aid, the Foundation even provides joy during the holiday
season through its Holiday Program.
So after three months, I can finally answer the question of
what I do. I work to inspire our members to be involved with the Foundation and
share with them why Kappa is for a lifetime. I work to spread the word about
the Foundation so they can continue to provide support and educational
programming to our members and those within their communities. Every day, I am
inspired by the amazing work of Kappa women. I could not be more proud to have
spent my summer with these women, and even though my time here is at an end, it
is an experience I will never forget.