Omicron Xi Omega is committed to promoting positive and interesting program activities that will bring about meaningful change in our community.
Omicron Xi Omega has developed and implemented programs and activities focusing on the Sorority’s International Platform Launching New Dimensions of Service targets and Community Impact Days: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Pink Goes Red for Heart Health Day, 1908 Playgrounds Mobilization Day, the Longest Day™ Alzheimer’s Support Activities, National Alliance on Mental Illness/Mental Health Awareness Day, Childhood Hunger Awareness Day, but adapting them so they best serve the Montclair and Essex County communities. Additionally, the chapter has several signature service projects it coordinates throughout the year.
Below is a snapshot of projects our chapter has conducted:
- AKA One Million Backpacks℠
- Think HBCU℠
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
- Pink Goes Red
- Women′s History Month Book Signing Event
- Childhood Hunger
- Seasonal Wraps
- Environmental Ownership
- 1908 Playground Project℠
- Alzheimer’s Awareness/ The Longest Day™
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Real House of Montclair
- Little Dresses for Africa
Members collected and donated more than 500 backpacks and school supplies to Montclair and West Orange area schools in support of the Sorority’s national goal to donate and distribute one million backpacks to students across the country.
Members have collectively and individually supported the Alpha Kappa Alpha national campaign to highlight Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and their contribution to the Sorority and to society on a whole. A chapter member served on a panel of current and former HBCU presidents during the Leadership Seminar 2015 to discuss the significance and importance of HBCUs. Additionally, members hosted an HBCU information table during the “Legacy Night” event hosting HBCU and Devine 9 alumni and members during the Crossroads Theatre production “College Colors.”
Members of OXO attended the viewing of the movie “Tell Them We are Rising,” a powerful film which debuted during the Montclair Film Festival. The film raises awareness about the origin, importance and impact Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs.) The chapter sponsored a dozen college-bound high schoolers to view the film.
On the Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday, Omicron Xi Omega hosted and served meals to dozens of “guests” at the Salvation Army Montclair Citadel. In addition, members performed songs and engaged guests in dialogue on Dr. King’s philosophies on peace and responsibility to one another.
The American Heart Association “Go Red Day” is the first Friday of February, and members are encouraged to wear the color red that day. Our signature “Go Red Day Rally” is held on the subsequent Saturday and highlights Stroke and Heart Disease Awareness with an emphasis on hypertension management diet and exercise.
The event workshops included presentations on incorporating meditation techniques into one’s daily routine, on nutrition and healthy food choices by a local dietitian, heart health techniques, and the day ended with a lively, high-energy Zumba demonstration.
Omicron Xi Omega partnered with the NAACP WIN of the Oranges and Maplewood (Women in NAACP) to present local authors at its annual Women’s History Month Celebration Book Signing and Discussion. A celebration of Women’s History Month, the chapter presented local African American female authors via a book signing event, and engaged its audience in a thought-provoking discussion among the panel of authors.
Omicron Xi Omega partners regularly with the Human Needs Pantry, a local food bank, helping to provide food, clothing, and other services to people in need who live in Montclair and neighboring communities in Essex County. The Pantry’s client base includes families and singles that are elderly, disabled, homebound, unemployed, or underemployed (working poor).
Omicron Xi Omega provides donations of hats, scarves, coats, and gloves for families in need via various local charities and coat drives throughout the year.
Omicron Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was in full-force as it partnered with HomeCorp to bring Shred Day to Montclair.
Omicron Xi Omega members came out in the rain to support the community clean up effort Comcast Cares, held in Montclair on April 26, 2017 at Folley Field in Montclair.
Omicron Xi Omega Chapter organized its annual park clean up and day of planting through its AKA 1908 Playground Project℠ initiative at Montclair’s Glenfield Park (near the Wally Choice Community Center.) Friends of the community joined forces to clean up and plant flowers during this Glenfield Park beautification effort. AKA chapters around the country participated in this national effort to restore and renew 1,908 existing community and school playgrounds throughout the U.S. with this Restore, Refresh and Renew Project℠”
On June 21 — the Summer Solstice and longest day of the year — members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Omicron Xi Omega Chapter collaborated with the Alzheimer’s Association to educate and engage the community in Alzheimer’s care, support, research and advocacy. Robyn Kohn of the Alzheimer’s Association of NJ presented an Alzheimer’s Awareness workshop to discuss the disease, its warning signs, and prevention, then later chapter members engaged in a fun evening of bingo and other brain games played with the residents of an assisted living home, The Montclair Inn.
Members of Omicron Xi Omega joined hundreds of others in the 2017 WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S – ESSEX-HUDSON-UNION at Weequahic Park in Newark. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
April 8 is NAMI Awareness Day. NAMI stands for National Alliance on Mental Illness. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and NAMI, are working together to increase mental health awareness in the African American community. Please know sometimes disabilities are not always visible. As members of AKA we are committed to “Breaking the Stigma.”
The chapter has been working with the Montclair women’s residence conducting workshops and programs throughout the year. They also have been collecting and donating clothing and basic personal care necessities in support of the transitions and challenges residents might be experiencing in their lives.
Omicron Xi Omega chapter members collected and prepared more than 40 purses containing toiletries and hygiene products to be donated to the residents of Real House, a Montclair-based shelter for women in transition.
Omicron Xi Omega chapter hosted the residents of Real House at a Christmas dinner to celebrate the holiday season.
Omicron Xi Omega chapter made more than 75 dresses to be donated to the organization Little Dresses of Africa as part of the nationwide Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. effort to donate 20,000+ dresses to selected impoverished nations on the continent.