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Posted On: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 01:45 PM, by Jamie Basurto
Thetas sorting through donated goods at SCRAP.
Each year, the women of Kappa Alpha Theta celebrate founder Bettie Locke's birthday with the Day of Service. On Oct. 19, Thetas achieve the Fraternity's social aim, the widest influence for good, through volunteer work.

This past Saturday, in honor of the Day of Service, members and alumnae from the Bay Area volunteered at SCRAP, a nonprofit creative reuse center, materials depot, and workshop space founded in 1976. Businesses, institutions, and individuals donate reusable materials such as textiles, buttons, paper, plastic, wood, and just about any craft or office supply. SCRAP diverts waste from landfills, redistributes the materials for free or at a low-cost to local art teachers, students, and parents in the community, and educates residents on the art of creative reuse.

Our job was to cut and roll fabric into bundles and sort each piece to its proper place. From Dracula capes to metallic materials to blankets covered in Burning Man dust, it's safe to say we found some pretty interesting fabric! One piece was so big, three girls had to team up to cut into smaller portions. We also had the opportunity to explore the SCRAP warehouse.

There were two shifts of volunteers and in between the shifts, we all met in nearby Precita Park for a picnic, where we got to know one another and discussed what the widest influence of good means in our lives.

Thanks to Theta, we discovered this wonderful nonprofit organization. I talked to other Thetas and we agreed that we want to come back to SCRAP—both to volunteer and to shop around! The people at SCRAP thanked us for giving up our time because it would have taken them weeks to go through the fabric and prepare it for their art teachers and students. SCRAP humbled us with their appreciation, and it's exciting to hear we upheld a core value of Kappa Alpha Theta.

On the Day of Service, Thetas will give their time to many organizations. The widest influence of good teaches us to be selfless and reminds us that even small actions can mean a world of a difference.

Happy Birthday, Bettie!

Jamie Basurto, Eta Upsilon/San Francisco charter member.