Dionne Mahaffey, South Atlantic Region Communications Committee member, email@example.com ; 404-723-2534
ATLANTA- Nu Lambda Omega Chapter will honor the legacy of Dr. King by helping others in need. Sunday, January 15th the group will host “America’s Sunday Supper” at the Covenant House Georgia for their “Prepare and Share a Meal” program.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to impact the lives of homeless teens,” noted Chapter President, Cynthia Parks. “We have been blessed with so much and what a way to salute Dr. King’s dream by playing some role in combating poverty by serving hot meals to homeless youth.
The following day, the group will participate in an environmental stewardship and sustainability community service project. The Outdoor Activity Center (OAC) is a 26 acre urban forest preserve and nature center located at 1442 Richland Road in SW Atlanta. Nu Lambda Omega Chapter members, their families and guests will remove invasive plants from the grounds, mulch the trails, repair foot bridges, prepare garden beds for the spring planting season, and clean building’s interior.
The Sunday Supper and Service Day are two activities that the sorority’s chapters will host around the globe as part of the requirements of the $15,000 signature grant it was awarded from the Points of Light Institute affiliate HandsOn Network, a Corporation for National & Community Service intermediary grantee. The goal of the award is to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; mobilize volunteers to serve; generate civic dialogue; and inspire continued community service.
Globally, more than 20,000 sorority members are expected to make an impact on the community.
“These local projects here in the Atlanta are for everyone. We implore not just the members of Nu Lambda Omega Chapter, but all sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha as well as our family and friends to join us for A Day “ON,” President Parks continued.
“We want the entire community to help us celebrate the significance of this day in our history by making it a national day of service.”
According to Alpha Kappa Alpha’s international president, Attorney Carolyn House Stewart, the Sorority’s 260,000 members in 975 chapters worldwide have always used the occasion of King’s Birthday to lift up the civil rights hero's memory through service and the grant directly parallels its King Day service mission.
Stewart said that it is fitting that the events coincide with the Sorority’s 104-year anniversary, whose mission is rooted in the same commitment to service that the HandsOn network embraces. The program also parallels the Sorority's programmatic theme: "Global Leadership Through Timeless Service."
***About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) 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. It is comprised of 260,000 members in 958 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U. S. Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, South Korea and on the continent of Africa. Its membership includes distinguished women who boast excellent academic records, proven leadership skills, and are involved in the global community through advocacy and service. Alpha Kappa Alpha has dedicated itself to improving the quality of life for citizens worldwide and promoting peace. The organization is led by its 28th International President Carolyn House Stewart of Tampa, Florida whose administration's programmatic theme is “Global Leadership Through Timeless Service.” For more information, log on to www.aka1908.com.
**About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Nu Lambda Omega Chapter:
Since it’s chartering in 1980, Nu Lambda Omega Chapter continues to fulfill its purpose in the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan Area. The chapter is leads various of community service indicatives’