Chapter Activities

Our chapter participates in a variety of philanthropic and service projects every year.  For some, we are simply a sounce of funding; for others, our chapter is called upon to donate services or products.  Our activities include supporting CASA, Illinois Project for Special Needs Children and local charities.


Our group supports the national CASA efforts of the Fraternity along with our local CASA organizations: 

CASA of Kane County
CASA of Lake County



Our Alumnae Chapter participates in a unique organization, which receives funds from alumnae groups and Thetas residing in Illinois.  Established in 1942, Illinois Project for Special Needs Children (Illinois Project)provides assistance to children requesting aid for such things as walkers, communication devices, specialized car seats, hearing aids, etc.  Due to the rising costs of healthcare and the denial of insurance companies to cover the many costly expenses, Illinois Project is often the last chance these children have for financing the equipment they need and deserve.  The Illinois Project Board receives cases from counties thought the state and supervises all Theta financial aid to Illinois hospitals, special needs schools and individual special needs children whose cases are submitted to and approved by the Project Board. 

In June of 1994, Illinois Project received a special service award at Kappa Alpha Theta Convention, acknowledging the efforts put forth by devoted and dedicated Thetas in Illinois for many years.  Thanks to those who have contributed so generously throughout the years, both financially and bodily!

The Illinois Project Board meets as needed throughout the year to approve cases.  All Illinois Thetas are members of the Illinois Project Board and are welcome to attend all meetings.   Please contact Holly Marhoefer at for future meetings or to receive an application for funding.  Cases must be submitted by a caseworker.
We look forward to helping "children with special needs" in the years ahead!  If you wish to contribute, you can contact the board at



                      Holly MarhoeferLibertyvillePresident
 Martha HozaWilmetteVice-President
 Susan BurkeNapervilleSecretary
 Linda RobertsMundeleinTreasurer

Members at Large

                                   Sue AndersonHuntley              
 Shari KvamKenilworth 
 Cynthia LambNaperville 
 Heidi Locker-ScheerLong Grove 
 Joanne LundArlington Heights 
 Kaki NewgardPalatine 
 Jill RedmondHawthorn Woods 

.....Chicago Northwest Suburban Alumnae members serving on Illinois Project.....

Chicago Northwest Suburban Alumnae playing Bunko for Illinois Project:

SERVICE PROJECTS  Each year, the Chicago Northwest Chapter members participate in a philanthropic service project.  
Several members of our group met in February to "Tie Knots" to make heart-shaped pillows for Alexian Brothers Hospital cancer patients:


Our "Day of Service" project in October, 2012, was packing bags of food for "FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN" in Schaumburg.  12 of us donned hairnets and, along with approximately 30 volunteers from other areas, packed over 12,000 bags of dehydrated food destined for the Phillipines.  You may obtain more information regarding this organization...please see their website:



...and more pillows:


Service Project - October 2013

Our service project for 2013 repeated our visit or 2013 to the Feed My Starving Children facility in Schaumburg, Illinois. 

As our Service Chairman, Joanne Lund,communicated  after our visit:

Warmest kudos to all the caring Thetas who helped pack food at the FMSC facility.  It was great fun and ever so rewarding.  Thanks to all for being a part of such a worthwhile service.  Many thanks also to those who were so very generous with donations.  I appreciate it, FMSC appreciates it, ad most assuredly, the children appreciate it.

And we also received the following email from our team leader of the evening:

Dear Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority,

Thank you for giving your time and money at Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg on October 17th. Thanks to your efforts (along with the efforts of those in your packing session) we were able to successfully pack 51 boxes of food containing 11,016 meals for Kids in Uganda. This is enough to provide 30 children with enough food for an entire year.

Your donation of $490 was also an amazing blessing to our organization. We will be able to produce 2,227 meals thanks to your generous contribution.

Please come back and join us again for another packing session in the near future. It was such a joy to work alongside of you towards ending world hunger, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Thanks again,

Mike Ammentorp, Team Leader

 Service Project 2014
For the 3rd year in a row, our chapter participated in Service Day for Theta by packing food at the Feed My Starving Children facility in Schaumburg.  Again, Joanne Lund did an excellect job of getting us together for dinner before hand at TGIF where we had the best server, Nathan.  Then, we went to the FMSC location to pack food for children in Haiti.  With all the other volunteers that evening, we packed 73 boxes of food...15768 meals which will feed 43 children for a year.

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