Day 1 – January 14, 2011
International President, Carolyn House Stewart welcomed members to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated National Founders’ Day celebration held in Little Rock, Arkansas. In honor of 103 years of Global Leadership through Timeless Service, members held true to its founding values by spanning the city in numerous acts of Service To All Mankind.
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA WEATHERIZES HOMES OF SENIORS
As part of the “Pink and Green in Action” service projects, over 60 members winterized the homes of six elderly citizens selected by the Central Arkansas Development Council (CADC), one of the partners in this activity, along with Net Communications.
Under the vigilant eye of one certified CADC-provided inspector per home, members caulked doors, insulated pipes and windows, gauged the efficiency of furnaces, weather stripped areas vulnerable to drafts, thermal wrapped water heaters, installed energy efficient devices to prevent over usage of water, put in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and performed other activities aimed at reducing utility bills, promoting energy efficiency and buffering homes against the elements. Click here for the full story…
Powell Towers in Little Rock, Arkansas was the scene of pink and green service as members of Alpha Kappa Alpha played bingo with residents while providing door prizes and refreshments. Dorothy Brown, Resident Services Coordinator, estimated 30 residents would participate in the activity. When asked how she heard about Alpha Kappa Alpha, Ms. Brown responded, “They found me! I didn’t find them!”
SUCCESS BEGINS WITH ONE STEP
Donations of hats, scarves, books, toiletries, and shoes consistently poured in today as members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated worked diligently and cooperatively to sort and package boxes that will be shipped to area shelters, schools, and service organizations. Over 180 pairs of shoes have been boxed to ship to Soles 4 Souls. Soles4Souls along with its many distribution partners work “around the corner and around the world” to make a difference with the gift of shoes. They are presently working in over 45 states and 125 countries. Alpha Kappa Alpha member Shirley Fisher, 21st South Central Regional Director, commented on the genuine help provided by the sorority’s members. “All sorors have been helpful. If there is a task to be done, it was done. I know we can come together in order to provide service to all mankind”. For more information on this Soles4Souls, visit www.soles4souls.org.
A POSITIVE DECOR
Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. redecorated rooms at the Union Rescue Mission Dorcas House in an effort to encourage residents to continue to remain on a positive path, safe from domestic violence. Dorcas House was created to provide a safe environment for women and children to "heal physically, emotionally and spiritually while working to break the cycle of domestic violence and substance addiction through a relationship with Christ." Its programs include group counseling, child-care services, and job and life-skills development. For more information, you may visit the Union Rescue Mission Dorcas House website at www.urmission.org/ministries/dorcas-house.
HELPING YOUTH REMEMBER
Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. gathered at eStem Public Charter High School to speak with students about how Martin Luther King, Jr. has impacted their lives. Students developed exhibits dedicated to the slain civil rights leader; according to Dean of Students and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Ruthie Walls. Students will visit the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN on the eve of his assassination. For more information on eStem Public Charter Schools, visit their website at www.estemlr.net.
KEEPING THE COMMUNITY GROOMED
As a part of National Founders' Day, members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated gathered at Better Community Development, Inc. (BCD) to assemble toiletry kits for local residents in need. Members were also greeted by Deborah Bell, Director of Programs and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, who provided an overview of BCD programs, which include job training and housing, serving thousands of residents in the Little Rock area. For more information on BCD and its programs, visit their website at www.bcdinc.org.
A COMMITTMENT TO LITERACY
To promote financial literacy and to encourage the development of young leaders, members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority made a large donation of books to Horace Mann Art & Science Magnet School during the Founders' Day Celebration. The books were on subjects ranging from financial security, self-esteem and leadership development. Pat Boykin, principal, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, was on hand to accept the donation.
The Sorority expects to implement more financial literacy and leadership initiatives across Alpha Kappa Alpha’s network of 260,000 members in 955 chapters worldwide.
KIDS, COLORING AND CLOTHES
Women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority descended on the Methodist Family Health campus in Little Rock, AR. The Methodist campus is home to Arkansas Cares clients, women and children, most of whom need temporary housing as the mothers receive in-residence treatment for substance abuse problems. Members of the sorority worked with children ages two to five years old for about an hour. Members helped children color in “Color Me AKA” coloring books, read stories and played childhood games. Click here for the full story…
SOAP, SOUP, SALVATION AND SERVICE
Almost 100 members from around the US and abroad participated in a National Founders’ Day service project at Friendly Chapel Church of the Nazarene in North Little Rock, AR. After hearing the moving story of the Church’s founding in the late 1950s, its 26-year old soup kitchen, and its current ministry to those in need, members prepared food baskets for and served hot lunch to more than 150 Church “customers” who are homeless or simply in need of a helping hand. Click here for the full story…