EXAMPLES OF NU ZETA OMEGA ENRICHING YOUTH IN OUR COMMUNITY:
PINK GOES RED 2018
Members of Nu Zeta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® hosted a fitness dance work out with RhyDem Fitness in support of Heart Health Awareness Month observed on February 2. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., in partnership with the American Heart Association through its Community Impact Days, is fighting to combat this deadly disease. Spotlighting its nationally recognized “Pink Goes Red” campaign, members wear red in support of women’s heart health.
The event raised awareness through the distribution of heart disease and stroke prevention information and materials. The members worked up a glisten and got their hearts pumping by participating in a vibrant and interactive dance workout.
Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death for both women and men worldwide. High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol and smoking are key risk factors. A healthy lifestyle such as: diet and exercise, refraining from smoking, and regular blood pressure screenings provides preventive measures. Nu Zeta Omega Chapter, currently under the leadership of President Denise Barnes, has served Charles and St. Mary’s counties for over 35 years.
Community Impact Day - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 15, 2018, St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s City, Maryland
This was the second year that Nu Zeta Omega Chapter participated in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast in partnership with St. Mary’s College. This year’s sponsors included St. Mary’s County Human Relations Commission, St. Mary’s County Public Schools and the College of Southern Maryland.
The Day of Service activities sponsored by the chapter included:
- A panel of community leaders who discussed the current state of affairs, significant issues, and potential solutions in education, politics, health, housing, economics, recreation and religion.
- Theme: “The Color of Unity: Boldly Building Bridges Across Communities.”
- Collection of canned and non-perishable food items, and seasonal wraps.
- 202 canned and non-perishable food item collected for Puerto Rico. Items given to Puerto Rico liaison, Ms. Elena Jimenez, for delivery to the island.
- 272 seasonal wraps donated to the Clothing Closet, Lexington Park United Methodist Church
During the backpack giveaway sponsored by the Chapter, 15 backpacks were given to elementary and middle school students who attended the morning prayer breakfast program. Several of the students attend Title I schools and were participants on the program – First Missionary Baptist Youth Choir and Rhythm Club of Spring Ridge Middle School.
Additional community service offerings included blood pressure screenings provided by St. Mary’s County Hospital and a voter registration drive sponsored by the NAACP, St. Mary’s County Branch.