PsiAA Socks and Blessing Bag Donations

EKS Rep, and Bros. Keller, Younger, Coleman, Morris, Ringo

On January 21, 2019; the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday; Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter (PsiAA), Third Distrct, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Social Action Committee’s “Day of Service” conducted two donation events (9am at Bailey’s Crossroads community Shelter and 1pm at Kennedy Shelter) by helping those most in need in Fairfax, County, Virginia – The guests who are homeless at New Hope Housing (NHH) shelters.

As the temperature hovered around 14 degrees Fahrenheit, the committee made hypothermia donations to the two main shelters at NHH – Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter in Falls Church, Virginia, and Eleanor U. Kennedy Shelter in Alexandria, Virginia.

The donation consisted of 240 Thermal Socks and 30 “Blessing Bags” composed of hygienic toiletries and snack items to improve the life of those less fortunate and needing “Uplift.”  The Chapter has had a long-running relationship with NHH, and we look forward to providing additional assistance in the future.

Omega Brothers with Kennedy Shelter Rep (She is on the right front)

Kennedy Shelter Rep, Bros Coleman, Ringp, and Morris

BCS - PsiAA Group Photo

PsiAA Brothers and family with Bailey's Rep in the middle

Blessing Bag

PsiAA Reading for Success Program

Bro. Bell and Matthews successfully engaging the students

As the “Reading for Success” program enters its fifth year at Riverside Elementary School, the brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter (PsiAA), Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., conducted their Second Read-Aloud session on January 16, 2019. The brothers, known affectionately as “The Sirs,” once again, supported six third-grade classes with a total of 223 students.  We chose “Buddy Ran Away” by Thea Feldman for the reading.  The book tells the story of a pet beagle named Buddy who ran away while the family was on a vacation in the mountains.  Buddy saw a rabbit, ran away, and was not able to return with the family.  After a few weeks, Buddy used his instincts and returned home on his own to a happy family.  Twelve chapter brothers supported this effort and made it a success.  With today’s book donation, the program has provided 3,598 age appropriate books to the third-grade students at Riverside Elementary School this school year.  We look forward to our third reading session on March 13, 2019.

 

Bro. Morris captivating the students

Bros Haggins and George Challenging the minds of the youth

Bros. Howze and Leverett providing stimulation and scholarship.

Bros. Caldwell and Barnwell provide uplift

PsiAA Gum Springs Community Christmas Party

The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter (PsiAA) “Fairfax County Ques,” Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. hosted the Annual Gum Springs Christmas Party on December 15, 2018, at the Gum Springs Community Center at 8100 Fordson Road, Alexandria, VA 22306.   This yearly event invites both young and seasoned residents of the Gum Springs community of Fairfax County to come out and celebrate the holiday season.

The Christmas Party featured an array of games and events for participation by all.  Prizes and gifts included bicycles, backpacks, toys, and candy.  Light holiday-themed food and beverages were also on-hand to enlighten the holiday spirit.  Our featured guest was the one and only Santa Claus as he arrived to extend holiday greetings and pass out gifts to all!

The afternoon concluded with Santa’s departure as he continued his journey throughout Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Ques hosted yet another outstanding event for the community and departed for the Chapter Christmas Party later that evening.  Long Live Omega!!!!

PsiAA Annual Christmas Baskets Donation

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in 2018, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. again used this season to support two important communities in Fairfax County - the Gum Springs Community Center and the Soldiers at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

For well over 25 years, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter’s Social Action Committee has provided Charismas baskets in the form of gift cards to deserving citizens selected by the South Fairfax County Program Director, Neighborhood and Community Services; and Fort Belvoir families selected by the Chaplaincy.

This year’s project involved providing Fairfax County $240 in gift cards for food from Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter and $250 in gift cards from Target.  We also provided $300 in gift cards for food to the Fort Belvoir Chapel – for a total donation of $790.

The Gum Springs Community Center’s donations were made on December 15, 2018, as Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter supported the center’s Christmas party.  The chapter’s donations were made by Basileus Emeritus Marion “Barney” Barnwell to Several recipients. The Target gift cards were given to the Program Director, Senior’s Program, Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, at the Gum Springs Community Center to present to deserving senior citizens of their choosing.

On December 20, 2018, our Basileus Emeritus Marion “Barney” Barnwell and Brother Kenneth Younger, Social Action Coordinator, made the second presentation to U.S. Army Chaplain (Major) Douglas Weaver, the Resource Manager, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  Chaplain Weaver will ensure deserving military families receive the $300.00 in gift cards through the chaplaincy so that they, too, can enjoy a well-deserved Christmas dinner.

The Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter enter this holy season enthused as we as we “uplift’ others this Christmas.

PsiAA New Hope Housing Thanksgiving Dinner

On 20 November 2018, the Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in conjunction with employees of New Hope Housing hosted their annual Thanksgiving Day dinner. The brothers volunteered their time and talent to prepare and serve a Thanksgiving Dinner at the Eleanor U. Kennedy Shelter. This was the second consecutive year the chapter has prepared and served Thanksgiving dinner for 75 individuals staying at the shelter.

The purpose of the event was to ensure those community members staying at the shelter receive a home cooked meal that consisted of fried turkey, yams, mash potatoes, veggies, beef brisket, stuffing, roles, drinks, and dessert. A wonderful time was had by all. There were numerous brothers of PsiAA who participated with great enthusiasm. Additionally, there were other staff (Eleanor U. Kennedy Shelter) and volunteers who considered it joy to assist PsiAA in this endeavor.

The staff at Eleanor U. Kennedy Shelter expressed their gratitude for us conducting this event and look forward to the PsiAA Chapter participating in the event next year.

        

         

PsiAA Annual Thanksgiving Basket Donations 2018

  ~ Bro. Younger and Barnwell & Ms. Kennedy

As the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., prepared for the Thanksgiving Holiday, we again committed to uplifting two important communities in Fairfax County.  The two communities we support annually are South Fairfax County Senior Citizens and Soldiers at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

For over 20 years, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter’s Social Action Committee has provided Thanksgiving baskets in the form of gift cards to senior citizens selected by the South Fairfax County Program Director, Neighborhood and Community Services, and Fort Belvoir families selected by the Chaplaincy.  This year’s project involved providing $240 in gift cards for food to Fairfax County and $300 in gift cards for food to the Fort Belvoir Chapel – for a total donation of $540.

On November 19, 2018, our Basileus, Eric Kelly, Sr., and Basileus Emeritus Marion “Barney” Barnwell made the first presentation to U.S. Army Chaplain (Major) Douglas Weaver, the Resource Manager; and to Chaplain’s Assistant Specialist Levine, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  Chaplain Weaver will ensure deserving military families receive the $300.00 in gift cards through the chaplaincy so that they, too, can enjoy a well-deserved Thanksgiving dinner.

On November 20, 2018, at the Gum Springs Community Center, Ms. Cynthia Kennedy, Program Director, Senior’s Program, Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, received our gifts.  Present at the donation was Basileus Emeritus Marion “Barney” Barnwell and Brother Kenneth M. Younger, Social Action Coordinator.  Mrs. Kennedy was happy to receive our support again this year and will ensure that deserving senior citizens receive our donation of $240 in gift cards for food.

The Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter are humbled as we support those less fortunate with $540 in food gift cards for Thanksgiving.  We will also be giving another $540 donation to these same organizations for Christmas.

~ Bro. Kelly & Specialist Levine

~ Bro. Barnwell and Ms. Kennedy         

~ Bro. Barnwell and Major Weaver

PsiAA Chapter’s “Reading For Success” Program

~Bro. Jerome "Duke" Haggins & Bro. James George               

With great “enthusiasm,” Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, THIRD District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity began its fifth year of the “Reading for Success” program at Riverside Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia.

On November 14, 2018, the Brothers, known affectionately as “The Sirs,” supported six third-grade classes with a total of 125 eager students.  The program consisted of the Kickoff and First Read Aloud session.  Again, we were welcomed by Reading Program Coordinator, Third-Grade Teachers, and especially the Third-Grade Students.

The chapter’s Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc., provided 125 Royal Purple and Old Gold Backpacks filled with 27 books on various subjects to encourage reading and provide the students an individual reading library.  We chose “The Last Minute” by Sasha Griffin, for the first reading session and this book was added to their library.  The book tells the story of a girl name Katy who put off completing a homework assignment until, you guessed it, the last minute.

Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter was represented by nine brothers who served as reading mentors.  Brothers Bradford Caldwell, Marvin Chisolm, James George, Joe Howze, Sr., Jerome “Duke” Haggins; Jerry Hubbard, Sr., Chester Keller, Frank Matthews, Richard Morris, Jeffrey Owens, and coordinating this program was the chapter’s Social Action Coordinator, Brother Kenneth M. Younger.

“The Sirs” are proud of the fact that we have donated “3,375 books” during our “Kickoff” and first reading session of this school year.  The brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter will continue to do their part to inspire these young readers and we look forward to the second of our four Read Aloud sessions in January 2019.

~Bag provided to students

~Books and Bag provided to students

~Bro. Jeffery Owens & Bro. Frank Matthews

~Bro. Chester Keller & Bro. Jerry Hubbard, Sr

Annual Thanksgiving Food Basket Donations

Caption: Lf to RT-Brother Ken Younger,

Basileus Craig Spraggins, Ms. Katrina Matthew,

and Brother Barnwell

 

Caption: LF- RT- Brother Ken Younger,

Ms. Hwang, Basileus Craig Spraggins,

and Brother Barnwell.

Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter

Annual Thanksgiving Food Basket Donations

Fairfax, VA. As the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday, we are again committed to uplifting two important communities in Fairfax County. The two communities we support annually are Senior Citizens in Fairfax County and Soldiers at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

For 20 plus years, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter’s Social Action Committee has provided Thanksgiving baskets in the form of gift cards to senior citizens selected by the Program Director, Neighborhood and Community Services and Fort Belvoir families selected by the Chaplaincy. This year’s project involved providing, $240 for food to Fairfax County and $300 in gift cards for food to the Fort Belvoir Chapel – for a total donation of $540. On November 16, 2017, the chapter’s Social Action Committee made the two presentations.

The first donation went to the Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services Office. Present at the donation was the Basileus of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Brother Craig Spraggins; Basileus Emeritus Marion “Barney” Barnwell, Social Action Chairman; and Brother Kenneth Younger, Social Action Coordinator. The presentation was made to Mrs. Katina Matthews, Program Director, Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Mrs. Matthews was happy to receive our support again this year and will ensure that deserving senior citizens receive our donation of $240 in gift cards for food.

On the same day, our Basileus and Social Action Team made the second presentation to Ms. Hye Jim Hwang, the Director of Religious Education, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Ms. Hwang will ensure deserving military families receive the $300.00 in gift cards through the chaplaincy so that they, too, can enjoy a well-deserved Thanksgiving dinner.

The Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter are humbled as we support those less fortunate with $540 in food gift cards for Thanksgiving. We will also be giving another $540 donation to these same organizations for Christmas. It is our sincere hope that this gesture of generosity will have a positive impact on the Fairfax community that we serve.

 

Brother Ken Younger

Psi Alpha Alpha’s Foster Care High School Graduation Ceremony

 

 

Lf to Rt, Brother Ken Younger standing with Program Coordinator Natalie Sposato, and Mr. Chauncey Strong, the Master of Ceremony, and guest.
Lf to Rt, Brother Ken Younger standing with Program Coordinator Natalie Sposato, and Mr. Chauncey Strong, the Master of Ceremony, and guest.

Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Springfield, VA, The Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc. in partnership with Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. participated in the Department of Family Services, Foster Care Program celebration for the 2017 High School graduates.

On July 21, 2017 the Grand Ballroom at the Waterford in Springfield, buzzed with excitement and happy chatter over a low mix of upbeat tunes. Framing the space were posters that celebrated the uniqueness of each graduate.

Fourteen young people were recognized last Friday at the annual Fairfax County Department of Family Services, Foster Care Program High School Graduation Celebration.

For the young people in this room, children who were removed from their biological families due to a range of abuse and neglect and moved between foster and group homes, the challenges that stood between them and a diploma were significant. Graduation rates for children raised in foster care are 49.6 percent less than the national average and the statistics on college graduates are even lower. Having a high school diploma significantly increases the range of job opportunities and earning potential. Instead of giving up, these students continued to move forward. In spite of all they have been through, they achieved this milestone. “Because of their hard work and the support of people both in-and outside of this room, they were able to be here to graduate.” The room cheered at the words of Chauncey Strong, Fairfax County Foster Care and adoption supervisor.

Nine graduates were celebrated in person, each toasted by a member of their social work team and given an opportunity to say a few words. There was clapping, cheering and even some tears. Adults expressed pride in their young charges’ accomplishments and the young adults, both shyly and exuberantly, showed their own pride in themselves and appreciation for the support they had received from the support group represented in the room.

The event, planned by Natalie Sposato, Fairfax County Department of Family Services, life skills coordinator, was intended to keep this milestone from going unnoticed. “A high school diploma can never be taken away. It’s something that should be acknowledged and celebrated,” said Sposato. Together with the support of the Department of Family Services staff and members of the community, the event included a buffet, giveaways, certificates and speeches. Moreover, at every opportunity, the proceedings were paused to give all of the graduates’ one more big cheer.

Director Kenneth Younger, representing Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc. and Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was present at the graduation ceremony and presented each graduate with a Community Recognition Award for their accomplishment and a $25 gift certificate. This is the second year our organization has collaborated with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services, Foster Care Program.

Article Written By Brother, Bradford Caldwell
July 29, 2017

Submitted by Brother Kevin R Williams
PsiAA Chapter Reporter

Sixteenth Annual Golf Classic

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