PsiAA MANUP – October 2019

 Bro. MAJ Ahmad Andrews spoke to the Mount Vernon High School football team in Fairfax County on October 30, 2019.

The MANUP mentoring program featured Bro. MAJ Ahmad Andrews on October 30, 2019 at Mount Vernon High School (MVHS). Bro. Andrews addressed 100 high school students challenging them to make positive choices, work hard, and consistently pursue academic excellence. He quoted the famous Booker T. Washington stating, “associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company. The individual who can do something that the world wants done will, in the end, make his way regardless of his race.”

The MANUP mentoring program is for young males and is sponsored by the Psi Alpha Alpha chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. The MANUP program partners with Mt. Vernon High School and Gum Springs in Fairfax Virginia and has over 60 students from 6th graders to graduating seniors. The MANUP program consists of mentoring students thru exposure to various careers and pre-college initiatives through lecture series and field trips throughout the scholastic calendar year.

 Bro. MAJ Ahmad Andrews | MANUP Program | MVHS | October 2019

Bro. Andrews spoke on his personal experiences in enlisting in the United States Navy, playing collegiate football, and becoming a commission officer in the U.S Army by way of the Tuskegee University ROTC Program at Tuskegee University in Alabama. The students were inspired by his story of perseverance and hard work. They were engaged and equated his successes after a notable high school football career with their own need to strategically plan multiple routes to achieve success.

The MVHS football team is currently undefeated in their conference play and will battle T.C. Williams on Friday November 1st to becoming Division Champions.

 MANUP Program | MVHS | October 2019

 Bro. Ken Younger, Bro. Kevin Williams, Bro. MAJ Ahmad Andrews, Monty Fritts, Head Coach; Bro. Eric Kelly, Basileus, Bro. LTC Chester Keller, Bro. Tony Wells, Bro. Michael Frazier

Food Bank Oct 2019

Every month, on the second Saturday, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. gather at the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) in Lorton, VA (6233 Hill Park Dr., Lorton, VA 22079) to engage in a little fellowship while working to do our share to help the less fortunate in our area.

At the Food Bank, at the direction of the workers there, we pack donated food items into bags that are then sent out to those in our community who are in need.

On this Saturday, October 5, 2019, we were able to pack 920 bags, comprised sliced peaches, spaghetti, dark red kidney beans, pears, tomato sauce, and red lentil jambalaya.

The Lorton CAFB services individuals in Annandale (the Evergreen House), Arlington (Harvey Hall, the Shelton, Hunter’s Park at Cherry Dale, Lockwood/Elmwood House, Hunter’s Woods Fellowship House), and Fairfax (United Community Ministries, Bailey’s Senior Center, Yorkville Cooperative, Lake Ann Fellowship House, Winter Hills Apartments) Virginia.

The CAFB is the largest organization in the Washington Metro area that is working to solve hunger and a lack of nutrition.  Psi Alpha Alpha is one of the many community organizations that partners with them and we have been doing so for more than twenty years.  The CAFB is helping 540,000 people each year, to get access to good, healthy food.

Brother Barney Barnwell has been leading the efforts to work with the CAFB from the beginning.  Psi Alpha Alpha always has a strong turnout and more than twenty Brothers were again in attendance this month.

Of all of the things that our chapter does, this is one of the most rewarding, as we know that our hard work will translate to providing a true necessity to those in our region who are most in need.

Adopt-A-Highway Oct 2019

   

On October 5, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. met to perform our second Adopt-A- Highway event of the year. Over the past several years, our chapter has collaborated with the Fairfax County Department of Transportation to help clean up litter. The chapter has been assigned a new location in Alexandria along the Hwy 1 corridor where we perform majority of our service to the community. Each year, nearly 18,000 Adopt-a-Highway volunteers collect more than 25,600 bags of waste along Virginia’s highways. The state of Virginia estimates that our assistance contributes to saving the commonwealth over $1.34 million that would have otherwise gone to clean up Virginia’s roads.

Saturday’s cleanup was extensive, as we had 23 volunteers  came out to support this important initiative. All told, we and collected 22 bags of trash and debris. Based on the county’s calculation methodology of (Hours X participants), this year the chapter was credited with 172 hours of community service under the Adopt A Highway program. Although this year was a year of transition for the program, due in part to the decision to relocate, the intent remained the same that as a chapter, we hope that our efforts to uplift the community through the support of this important community initiative, continues to have a lasting and positive impact on our community.