Virtual Community Health Fair 2020

American Diabetes (Sharon at the bottom) Q and A with MCs Angela and James | Health Initiatives Community Health Fair | August 2020

On Saturday, August 29, 2020, the Brothers of the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, an unincorporated chapter of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.’s conducted our third annual community Health Fair. This year we partnered with the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc-Omicron Theta Zeta chapter to expand our reach to the community we serve. As a result of the current COVID-19 environment, the health fair was hosted VIRTUALLY. Health Initiatives is a primary area of focus for both of our organizations. It is designed to provide uplift to our communities by facilitating and coordinating activities that both inform and promote good health practices. Some of our program’s components are the Charles Drew Blood Drive, support to Saint Jude’s Children Hospital, and partnership with the American Diabetes Association.

The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter along with the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc-Omicron Theta Zeta chapter coordinated this event to provide relevant healthy informational topics, instructions on nutrition and healthier cooking, and various forms of exercise. The event was a huge success demonstrated by the 4000 plus people being reached during and post the event. The chapters raised $500 via various business sponsors that will be used to support organization’s youth scholarships. The health fair was hosted via Zoom and shared via both the Psi Alpha Alpha and Omicron Theta Zeta chapter streamed the event via Facebook live. Raffles was conducted throughout the event to keep the participants and guest engaged. The service organizations did an outstanding job at providing our community residents, families, and friends with valuable information they can use to empower themselves and becoming more knowledgeable regarding how to achieve and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Some of these Health services included: prostate cancer, breast cancer, mental health, nutrition, healthier cooking, diabetes, line dancing, and Zumba. Additionally, another covered area was domestic violence.

We pray you found this event to be uplifting and beneficial as it relates to improving your fitness goals, knowledge, and health. Special appreciation goes out to all our partners, service provides, volunteers, sponsors, and attendees, without you this event would not have been possible. We look forward to seeing you at future events.

PsiAA-BLB I Believe I Can Fly

On Sunday, August 9, 2020, Brothers of the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter (MANUP Mentoring Program), Third District of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. collaborated with Bernie L. Bates in Fairfax Virginia. They presented Mr. James D. Stewart III with a $2,000 check for continued flight lessons for the I Believe I Can Fly Program. The presentation took place at the Manassas Regional Airport just before James conducted his fly training session with the flight instructor Brad Teerlink. James current has approximately 10 plus hours of flight time. James attends Fairfax High School and is a rising senior. James began his aviation journey in the summer of 2019 as a student pilot to obtain a private pilot’s license, the first step in acquiring his commercial pilot’s license. He enjoys reading, flying, gaming, drawing, and spending time with friends/family. He is a member of the National Association of Rocketry and the Third Baptist Church Audio/Visual Ministry.

PsiAA and BLB, First Responder’s COVID-19 Catering Donation – Aug 2020

On Aug 12, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District, The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc., joined forces to make a positive impact on First Responders in Fairfax, County, Virginia who continue to work diligently to ensure they manage the health and care of residents who have been impacted, as a result of COVID-19. The Chapter's Basileus (Brother Eric Kelly, Sr.) and the Foundation's Vice President (Brother Jerome "Duke" Haggins) donated the fourth of five monthly contributions to Rx Catering – DC Metro. The participants presented a $1,000.00 check to the owner, Ms. Cheron Burns, at her office. It will enable Rx Catering to provide an estimated 100 meals to caregivers in various locations across Fairfax County, Virginia.