Mu Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority had an extremely exciting and busy program year serving the Chapel Hill/Carrboro communities.
Throughout 2015 the chapter conducted a variety of activities which focus on the national programs of service: Educational Enrichment, Health Promotion, Family Strengthening, Environmental Ownership and Global Impact.
Over 265 backpacks filled with school supplies were given to students in all grade levels. This collaborative program with the town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation and World Overcomers Christian Church was held at the Hargraves Community Center.
As part of the Family Strengthening initiative food contributions were made to TABLE. Chapter members from January through December contributed 434,765 pounds of food. This was accomplished by bringing food items to chapter meetings each month.
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Another contribution in this initiative was the Seasonal Wrap Drive. In collaboration with Blanket Orange County organization and local black churches, over 165 new blankets were donated.
Additionally, chapter members donated gently used coats, hats, gloves and sweaters to the Project Homestart women’s and children’s shelter and the men’s shelter in Chapel Hill.
Health programs addressed by the chapter included “Pink Goes Red for Heart Health Day” and Red Dress Sunday which focused on heart health and stroke prevention. The chapter also assisted the American Heart Association with registration at their Power to End Stroke Jazz Brunch which was held at the Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh. This program featured educational presentations, health screenings, a brunch and a mini-concert featuring Yolanda Rabun.
Mu Omicron Omega provided resource information concerning three international health initiatives – Alzheimer’s disease, mental illness, and stroke/heart disease – at the Chapel Hill Good Neighbor Block Party held at the Hargraves Community Center.
To help ensure that the playground at Project Homestart is safe the chapter purchased sand and mulch and refreshed the playground area.
Members participated in the Chapel Hill Shred-A-Thon event.
This year three women leaders in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community were honored at a Leadership Recognition Program. Paula Borden, Kim Fearrington, and Coretta Sharpless took action in the community by committing themselves whether working alone or in groups by helping students, providing guidance in developing policies that impact students and teachers, or developing talents of staff members.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American, college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha has more than 265,000 members in 983 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea, Bermuda, Japan, Canada and the continent of South Africa.
Led by International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-lettered organization for African-American women.” For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, visit www.aka1908.com.