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, 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
- OXO to Flint
- Pink Goes Red
- Women′s History Month Book Signing Event
- Childhood Hunger
- Seasonal Wraps
- 1908 Playground Project℠
- The Longest Day™ Alzheimer’s Awareness
Members collected and turned in a surplus of backpacks and school supplies in support of the Sorority’s 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.”
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.
Omicron Xi Omega channeled its outrage into action in response to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In addition to a monetary collection, the chapter established a direct contact with sister chapter Beta Zeta Omega to facilitate an effort to ship items (baby, personal care, cleaning products) directly to their Ivy House in Flint.
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 5th 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 organized a 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℠”
Omicron Xi Omega chapter proudly joined forces with the Alzheimer’s Association® to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease risk factors, diagnosis, care, and advocacy, among the African-American community. Members raised awareness in the fight against Alzheimer’s by hosting a Family Day event at the Turtle Back Zoo where information on the dreaded disease was distributed and patrons of the zoo could share their stories of how Alzheimer’s has affected their lives and that of their families. The chapter also handed out bracelets of hope and balloons. Additionally, selfies of participants were posted to social media.
Mental Health Awareness Day