Saturday, May 5, 2018
Submitted by Bro. Paul R. Green II, Alpha Iota Chapter Editor
Story by Bro. Keith Wilson, Alpha Iota Chapter
Photos: John Cotton, Alpha Iota Basileus
Social Action Program
SUFFOLK, VA— Saturday, May 5, 2018, The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Alpha Iota Chapter of Suffolk, Virginia conducted community service at the home of Brother Sylvester Jones (Omega Chapter).
The brothers of the Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., gathered at the home of our Omega Chapter Bro. Sylvester Jones and perform maintenance to the residence of his surviving widow, Ms. Margaret Jones. The services rendered consisted of washing her car, mowing the lawn, weed eating and pressure washing her windows. Ms. Jones was very thankful for the brothers of Alpha Iota Chapter coming out and showing that we cared.
In addition, upon completing Ms. Jones’ tasks, the brothers assembled at our Adopt-A-Spot located on the Corner of E. Washington St. and North 5th St. to keep Suffolk beautiful. On the corner is a historic marker that reads, “Here stood the Nansemond Collegiate Institute, founded in 1890 as the Nansemond Industrial Institute by Rev. William W. Gaines to provide local black children with an education, because free public schools were closed to them. Eventually the institute offered elementary, secondary, and normal school courses of instruction. In 1927 a public school for black students was opened; competition for students and a series of disastrous fires forced the institute to close in 1939.” Alpha Iota Chapter takes pride in keeping the spot and plot presentable.
Social Action Programs are mandated by the fraternity. Chapters participate in activities that will uplift their communities. Some of the activities include: voter registration, Assault on Illiteracy; Habitat for Humanity; mentoring; and participation in fundraisers for charitable organizations.
Alpha Iota (AI) is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.
Since the chapter’s founding in Western Tidewater Region in Virginia in 1939, AI has supported public and community events across the region benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship, and social action. Alpha Iota (AI) was recently named the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated District Chapter Runner up Mentoring Award.
Alpha Iota serves Suffolk, VA and the surrounding cities of Coastal Virginia.
Bro. Keithon Grigsby hard at work in his coveralls.
Bro. Keith Wilson mowing Ms. Jones’ yard.
Brothers of the Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. along with Ms. Margaret Jones. (L-R) Bro. John Cotton, Bro. W. Ross Boone, Bro. Keithon Grigsby, Bro. San Antonio Crosby, Bro. Roosevelt Brown, Bro. Reginald Wright, Bro. Telly Green, Bro. Victor Archie, Bro. Stanley Pittman (Social Action Programs, Chairman) and Bro. Keith Wilson along with Ms. Margaret Jones.
Bro. San Antonio Crosby giving guidance to Bro. Keith Wilson.
Bro. Roosevelt Brown working at the Car Wash.
Bro. San Antonio Crosby preparing to load the mower as Bro. Victor Archie looks on to assist.
Nansemond Collegiate Institute Historic Marker © 2010 MarkerHistory.com