OGO Chapter Programs
Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service
The 2018-2022 International Program focuses on Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service. Members of the Omega Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha engage in numerous opportunities to address community needs through planned programs in five target areas.
- LaShawn Bridges
- Fayth Redenburg
TARGET 1: HBCU for Life: A Call to Action
♦ #CAP℠ —This is the sorority’s current signature program and it is the abbreviation for College Admissions Process. This initiative is designed to assist high school students with their efforts to enter college by providing a hands-on approach that includes all the steps from researching various colleges to actually completing the application process. In support of #CAP, the members of Omega Gamma Omega partner with local Richland Two high schools to work with students attending all 5 of the Richland Two high schools. The co-ed group of students will engage in numerous opportunities designed to promote and market historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and to encourage students to attend HBCUs as a sustainability measure. Members of OGO will assist students seeking college admission by providing guidance and support with completing and submitting applications, preparing for the SAT or ACT, writing effective personal statements, completing and submitting scholarship and other financial aid applications to colleges and universities, and engaging in activities that are impressive during the college admission process.
♦ While this educational initiative places a focus on promoting and marketing historically black colleges and universities and encourages students to attend HBCUs, it does extend to non-HBCUs as well and members of OGO honor that fact in its work with students.
- Patrina Smith
- Angela Yeadon
TARGET 2: Women’s Healthcare and Wellness
♦ Alzheimer’s Disease and Caregiver Support Program – OGO members are working diligently to promote an awareness and support for Alzheimer’s programming and research. The chapter has distributed numerous pamphlets
♦ Care for Caregivers– OGO members are working diligently to assist individuals tasked with serving as caregivers of others. The chapter recognizes that serving as a caregiver can be a daunting task and in the process it can become easy for the caregiver to neglect his or her own needs. As a means of emphasizing the need for caregivers to practice preventive healthcare as well as self-care behavior to eliminate the vulnerabilities and risks associated with the stress of caregiving, members of OGO made a donation to the South Carolina Respite Coalition to cover the cost of allowing a caregiver to take the evening off while still providing respite care services.
♦ Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention – In order to promote the importance of early detection and community awareness, members of OGO participated in Palmetto Health’s annual 5K walk/run. OGO will also partner with local clinics and community organizations to emphasize the need for African American women to receive regular mammograms.
♦ Heart Health – In an effort to participate in Alpha Kappa Alpha’s campaign launch to emphasize heart health awareness and exercise, OGO participates annually in Pink Goes Red for Heart Health. Members proudly wear their red and share facts regarding ways to effectively guard against heart disease. The members of OGO have also committed to maintaining healthy hearts through fitness. Members attempt to walk 8,000 steps per day and many have joined walking clubs and invited friends to engage as well. OGO members passionately work to educate others through various social media outlets and by providing critical prevention information to its chapter members.
♦ Nutrition and Wellness – Chapter members work to provide attention and awareness to the importance of establishing healthy lifestyles for children and adults. Members have joined fitness clubs and have made a commitment to eating healthier. The chapter will partner with local nutritionists and dieticians to design healthy eating plans and safe diets to promote healthier and longer living.
- Pamela Butler
- Yolanda Cuttino
TARGET 3: Building Your Economic Legacy
♦ Personal Financial Planning and Asset Accumulation—Omega Gamma Omega will host community workshops to teach participants how to perform financial assessments in order to achieve financial goals.
♦ Credit Repair and Monitoring—Information will be shared on an ongoing basis with chapter members regarding strategies to repair credit and/or improve credit scores.
♦ Entrepreneurship and the Black Dollar 365—In support of this initiative, the chapter will promote and support successful African American owned businesses in the Blythewood and Northeast Columbia communities. Information will also be shared with the intent of encouraging new entrepreneurial ventures within the community and a better leveraging of the black dollar 365 days a year.
♦ Operation AKA Assist—Omega Gamma Omega continues to implement programs that assist those in need within the community. Members have donated coats, clothes, shoes, food, nonperishable items, etc. to local shelters that serve the homeless and others in need. The chapter will partner with a local shelter or transitional home to provide assistance and address identified needs.
- Jessica Kearse
- Erica Scriven
TARGET 4: The Arts!
♦ Salute to the Harlem Renaissance – The members of OGO will celebrate the contributions of African-American artists during the Harlem Renaissance through student research and chapter sponsorship of student talent showcases. This initiative will correlate with HBCUs and African-American culture and will include area colleges and universities with art collections.
♦ Salute to the Black Arts Movement – The chapter will focus on student research and celebration of African-American artists during the Black Arts Movement. The chapter champions activities that express the movement message and highlight members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority who served as leaders and participants. Activities will include art events, poetry slams, dancing, painting, and performing arts.
- Marilyn Johnson
TARGET 5: GLOBAL IMPACT
♦ National Global Impact Day– The ladies of Omega Gamma Omega will engage in a community service project that has an international impact and will establish partnerships with organizations that make a difference worldwide.
♦ Global Assistance Activities– In support of this initiative, the Omega Gamma Omega chapter will engage in global partnerships that provide assistance to the underserved in international areas populated with people of color. These partnerships include the following:
♦ Soles 4 Souls– The members of OGO will collect gently-worn shoes and transport the shoes to specified locations. Soles4Souls mission is to create sustainable jobs and provide relief through the distribution of shoes around the world.
♦ Lions Club International – The chapter hosted a Global Impact fundraiser at the local business of KiKi’s Chicken and Waffles, with all of the proceeds being donated to the Lions Club. OGO will also participate in an eyeglass initiative designed to prevent blindness, help restore eyesight, and improve eye health and eye care for millions of people around the world by donating used eyeglasses in partnership with local Lions Clubs.
♦ Pillowcase Project – The chapter will continue to use pillowcases to make dresses for little girls and will expand the sorority’s efforts to include shirts for little boys. The pillowcase dresses and shirts will be sent to Haiti to provide clothing for children in need.
♦ Refugees in America Assistance Program (RAAP) – OGO will focus on refugees of color in the United States by partnering with organizations engaged in support activities that assist refugees and their families to integrate into American life. This includes literacy classes, educational training, and other necessary transitional support.
Community Impact Days
Omega Gamma Omega members annually participate in the following International Community Service Days to highlight Alpha Kappa Alpha’s collective impact in the 5 program target areas:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Pink Goes Red for Heart Health Day
Global Impact Day
International Day of Prayer
National HBCU Day
Breast Cancer Awareness Day
National Caregivers’ Day