Alpha Kappa Alpha-Theta Pi Omega celebrates 45 years of service to all mankind in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties
On November 11, 1967, Theta Pi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was chartered to provide service to the Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties within the state of New Jersey. Striving to achieve the sorority’s mission of being of “Service to all Mankind,” the 200 members of Theta Pi Omega have engaged in the following initiatives and many more over the last 45 years:
Emerging Young Leaders
- Impact selected middle school girls via Leadership AKAdemies designed to mentor young ladies to become leaders within their school and home community.
- Annually raise funds for the American Cancer Society by participating in the South Jersey Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® Walk in memory of our dear deceased member, Glenda Williams.
- Encourage minority organ donation via National Donor Sabbath (with the Rancocas Valley chapter of The Links, Inc.).
Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
- Hold paper shredding activities
- Donate food, clothing, and toiletries to local homeless community shelters.
- Present health and wellness activities for the women’s group at the Fellowship House in Camden, NJ.
Social Justice and Human Rights
- Co-sponsored Social Justice and Human Rights Symposium with Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey.
- Donated books and toiletries to the approximately 30 young adults aging out of foster care population at the Life Link Residences in Glassboro New Jersey
Other Theta Pi Omega programs
- Annually honor senior citizens’ via “Senior Buddy Luncheon”
- Annually present “Drum Major For Justice Award” at annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service
- Registered and educated more than 500 new voters in 2012 under the Alpha Kappa Alpha C.A.R.E.S. (Collaborate, Advocate, Register, Educate and Stimulate)
- Awarded more than $40,000 in scholarships to local high school students through 2012 biennial scholarship cotillion
- Annually honor and recognize high school graduates in the tri-county area for their scholastic achievements, leadership skills and community involvement via Best of the Best Awards.
- Partner with and support other community-minded organizations.
Yvette Sample, president of Theta Pi Omega Chapter, commented, “Looking back at our history, we are pleased with our legacy of service. As we celebrate this milestone, we will recommit ourselves to providing needed services to our local community, just as the founders of our sorority and the charter members of our chapter intended.”
On Sunday, November 11, sorority members will gather at Adelphia Restaurant in Deptford, New Jersey to celebrate this momentous occasion. During the closed luncheon, the attendees will recognize their charter members and accomplishments, while enjoying an afternoon of sisterly fellowship.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) was established January 15, 1908 at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and is the first Greek-letter organization established by African-American college women. Driven by its commitment to service and sisterhood, Alpha Kappa Alpha has evolved into one of the world’s leading service organizations with 260,000 members in 958 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, 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. The South Jersey graduate chapter, Theta Pi Omega Chapter, has more than 200 members, is the largest AKA chapter in New Jersey, and has been proudly serving Burlington, Camden & Gloucester counties since 1967.
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