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Ronald McDonald House

Dinner and Pop Tabs Program:
    Many families travel far from home to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children. The treatment may last a day, a month, or even longer, which is a long time away from home. For the dinner program we go to one of the Ronald McDonald Houses, either at Park Ave or West Pine, once a month and cook a hot meal for the families. We usually cook for about 30 to 40 people. The menu usually consists of tacos, Sloppy Joes, homemade pizza, or a pasta dish. When we cook dinner for the families, it gives them the freedom to spend more time with their children at the hospital without worrying about dinner. Pop tabs are collected and turned into the Ronald McDonald House as an additional method of donation. For more information visit:

Literacy Alive

Our biggest spring semester project is "Literacy Alive". Kappa Delta Pi members work to develop lessons and provide resources for children in schools labeled "at risk". Members work to raise funds so that each child may receive a free book and be given resources to expand their knowledge in areas they have previously struggled with. This is done through scholastic book orders and financial donations. Literacy Alive takes place during the spring semester at the beginning of April, and is done in partnership with a different at-risk school each year. KDP members go to the school to work with students in Kindergarten through fifth grade. The Literacy Alive committee develops a different theme and focus with each new school in mind.

The Community Hope Center

The Community Hope Center is located in Cottage Hills, Illinois. It is one of many locations that provide food, clothing, toiletries, and counseling for families in need. The Cottage Hills location services about 60 families per week. KDP volunteers help by organizing donated items and helping clean the facility one Wednesday evening per month. Food, clothing, and toiletry donations are always accepted as well as financial gifts during KDP monthly meetings. For more information visit:

Breakfast with Santa

This event serves as both our largest fall fundraiser and as a community outreach program. KDP members serve local families a wonderful pancake breakfast while providing children with a wonderful Christmas memory. The breakfast includes all you can eat pancakes, crafts, goodie bags, an age appropriate book, and a visit/photo with Santa Claus.

Open Doors - Nigeria

Open Doors Special Education Centre is ran by Open Doors for Special Learners, a registered non-government and not-for-profit organization dedicated to the:
  • Provision of quality edcuational and vocational training opportunities for Nigerian children and youth with learning handicaps;
  • Provision of opportunities to develop literacy skills for those who failed to do so in the regular school;
  • Expansion and upgrading of the quality of education for children with special educational needs
Money from KDP is allocated toward sponsorship of children with varying needs. Many children are unable to walk, suffer visual or auditory disabilities, or are from homes with difficult backgrounds. Fees address things from physiotherapy to vocational training. For more information visit:

Salvation Army

KDP raises funds during the holiday season for the Salvation Army by ringing bells outside of businesses. The Salvation Army offers support and services to those in need, including military families who need emergency financial help. For more information visit: