Service work is a significant part of Greek life, but Kappa Beta Gamma sets the bar extremely high as they worked to maintain partnerships and serve the community amid a unique semester.

The sorority partnered with Reins of Rhythm in spring 2019, a non-profit organization helping youth develop a “love and appreciation for horses as athletes, companions, and therapy partners.” The partnership started when the sisters volunteered to help Reins of Rhythm build their sensory trail. Kappa Beta Gamma also volunteered at their “Santa Pet Photos” event last December and raised $500 for the organization shortly after.

“Our partnership with Reins of Rhythm is something our chapter values very highly,” said Kelsey Looney, senior political science major and sorority vice president. “Our sisters really enjoy getting to know all the local children and families and each of their stories as we work with them each week to accomplish their horse riding and horse care goals.”

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, Kappa Beta Gamma sent volunteers weekly to assist during lessons, serve as “buddies” for participants, and work as barn helpers. The pandemic prevented the sorority’s usual weekly service, but the sisters kept in touch with the organization and found an alternative method of service.

“This past fall when we came back to school, we decided to paint kindness rocks to deliver to Reins of Rhythm to show them our continued involvement in their program despite COVID-19 changing our volunteer plans,” Looney expressed.

They painted rocks of all shapes, sizes, and colors, covering them in positive messages for Reins of Rhythm participants to scatter throughout the sensory trail and arena.

Looney said these efforts reflect the mission of Shippensburg University because of Kappa Beta Gamma’s commitment to remain “community-oriented” and provide public service off campus in the midst of a global pandemic.