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.