SOCIAL ACTION

Mission of the Second District Social Action Committee

Brothers, with any endeavor, there should be a guide or set of principles to keep the task before us in focus. As the newly appointed Chairman of the Second District Social Action Committee, this is our mission, vision, goal and theme:

Mission

The mission statement of the Second District Social Action Committee is as follows: “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions in truth.” (I John 3:17-18) Our mission is to SERVE the community. 

Vision

The vision statement of the Second District Social Action Committee is as follows: “We must reach down and lift our fellow-men so that they, too, will stand as men of pride and character for all the world to see. This is the life Omega demands of all its sons.” Our vision infers the truth that anywhere Omega has a presence and to any person whose life is touched by Omega, that this experience should be positive, uplifting, and fulfilling. 

Goal

The goal of the Second District Social Action Committee is to do what is right and pleasing to God. It is written “…..when the record of the golden book is read, he (an Omega Man) shall not have cause to be ashamed.” Brothers, we do not complete social action projects to win awards or to enjoy self-aggrandizement. We complete social action projects because we have been blessed with the knowledge, skills, ability, and talent to share with the less fortunate to positively affect their lives and change their collective condition. 

Theme

The theme is based on a speech by Malcolm X. In the speech, Malcolm held his hand open and began to describe the five digits (fingers) on his hand. Individually, he stated each had its own strength and abilities. He then explained when the five digits were brought together to form a fist, that was where the real power lied. Brothers, let the Five States (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania) come together to form a “fist” to address social concerns and community issues in the Second District. As in the 1970’s martial arts classic, through our great works, we now become the “Second District Fist of Fury”.

Social Action Committee - Proposed Projects

(December)

The Christmas Caroling Initiative is project to promote comradery, brotherhood, and goodwill among the Brothers in their respective Chapters throughout the Second District. The Christmas Caroling Initiative consists of:

  • Identifying sick and shut-in Brothers
  • Driving to the identified Brother’s home, hospital, or nursing home
  • Singing traditional Christmas carols to the Brother and/or family (presents are optional)
  • Singing Brothers are to be dressed in Omega paraphernalia

The goal of this initiative is to bring Brothers closer together, use this project as a possible reclamation opportunity, and to use this initiative to engage the undergraduate Brothers in true Omega spirit.

SERVICED POPULATION: Members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Second District

COMMUNITY ISSUE ADDRESSED: Fraternal solidarity

COMMUNITY IMPACT: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

(On-going)

The purpose of the Eyeglasses and Cellphone Initiative is to collect and donate eyeglasses and cellphones to organizations who will use the donations to enhance their programs, For example, the National Federation for the Blind and Lion’s Club International collects eyeglasses and recycle the eyeglasses. The glasses are boxed, entered into a computerized inventory system and shipped to developing countries for international optical missions. Other organizations such as Secure the Call is a 501 (c) (3) charity that provides free 911 emergency-only phones to senior citizens centers, domestic violence shelters and police and sheriff departments which in turn are given back to the community and used to contact police in case of emergency. Donations are to be made at the annual Second District Conference.

SERVICED POPULATION: Members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Second District

COMMUNITY ISSUE ADDRESSED: blindness, vision impairment, domestic violence

COMMUNITY IMPACT: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

(July)

The Give a Suit/Change a Life Campaign – suit drive is an initiative sponsored by the Men’s Wearhouse. The national suit drive benefits at-risk men transitioning into the workforce by providing the men suits to wear on job interviews. The goal is to collect gently used professional attire and give a man the opportunity to transform his life into a working contributing member of society. The goal is to have the Brothers of the Second District collect and dry clean 500 men’s suits for donation to the Men’s Wearhouse Give a Suit/Change a Life initiative.

SERVICED POPULATION: Men

COMMUNITY ISSUE ADDRESSED: Unemployment

COMMUNITY IMPACT: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

(On-going)

Although with recent medical breakthroughs HIV/AIDS has become more manageable, HIV/AIDS is still a major health concern in the Black community not only in the United States, but around the world. The purpose of the HIV/AIDS Project is to keep the public, specifically the African-American community aware that HIV/AIDS has not gone away and there still needs to be education about the disease until a cure is found. The Brothers in the Second District will distribute pamphlets and brochures about the disease. The Brothers will also create and establish partnerships with local health care providers to set up screening/testing opportunities for the community. The goal is to have the Brothers of the Second District test 500 people in the community.

The cost to the Second District is zero.

SERVICED POPULATION: Men and women

COMMUNITY ISSUE ADDRESSED: HIV/AIDS

COMMUNITY IMPACT: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

(On-going)

The Immortalize Omega Project (IOP) is an initiative to increase public awareness of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s contribution to the community and an attempt to minimize some of the negative stigma attached to the fraternity. The Chapters in the Second District can participate in the IOP by:

Adopting a highway or street (fraternity name on a sign)
Participating in a local “buy-a-brick” campaign (fraternity name on the brick)
Being a sponsor of an event (fraternity name on the tee-shirt, brochure, or banner)

The purpose is to attach the Fraternity’s name to a permanent fixture that is positive in the community, which acknowledges Omega’s presence and contribution to that specific community issue being addressed.

SERVICED POPULATION: Men, women and children

COMMUNITY ISSUE ADDRESSED: Several

COMMUNITY IMPACT: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

(On-going)

Omega Cares is similar to “Make-A-Wish”. Omega Cares is an initiative where the resources of the entire Second District are brought together to address a major issue or concern. Like Make-A-Wish, it could be a medical issue. A school may need band instruments or band uniforms. A senior center may need a washer and dryer. Each Corridor Representative will solicit and receive Omega Cares request. The Corridor Representatives and Second District Social Action Chairman will decide the Omega Cares recipient.

SERVICED POPULATION: Men, women and children

COMMUNITY ISSUE ADDRESSED: Several

COMMUNITY IMPACT: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

(On-going)

Although with recent medical breakthroughs prostate cancer has become more manageable, prostate cancer is still a major health concern in the Black community not only in the United States, but around the world. The purpose of the prostate cancer project is to keep the public, specifically the African-American community aware that prostate cancer has not gone away and there still needs to education about the disease until a cure is found. The Brothers in the Second District will distribute pamphlets and brochure about the disease. The Brothers will also create and establish partnerships with local health care providers to set up screening/testing opportunities for the community. The goal is to have the Brothers of the Second District test 500 people in the community.

SERVICED POPULATION: Men

COMMUNITY ISSUE ADDRESSED: Prostate Cancer

COMMUNITY IMPACT: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

(March)

Reading Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2 – Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books. The Second District initiative is to have Brothers from the Chapters in the Second District to go to schools, libraries, community centers and daycare centers to read to the children. The target group is children from pre-school to third grade. As opposed to one day, the Brothers would have the entire month of March to complete this project.

SERVICED POPULATION: Children

COMMUNITY ISSUE ADDRESSED: Illiteracy

COMMUNITY IMPACT: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

(On-going)

The Rules of Engagement to Save Our Young Men is a summit to bring together law enforcement, defense attorneys, prosecutors, and community activist to discuss how a young man should conduct himself when confronted by the police. The target audience is African-America males between the ages of 10 and 22. The primary focus of the discussion is to provide life saving tips on how to survive interactions with law enforcement and other forms of authority. The task is to identify those Brothers who are in law enforcement, who are attorneys, and community activist to facilitate the summit. 

SERVICED POPULATION: Young African-American males

COMMUNITY ISSUE ADDRESSED: Police brutality and violence

COMMUNITY IMPACT: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

 

(Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day)

The Veterans Project is a social action project where Chapters throughout the Second District are to identify and adopt the gravesite of a Vietnam- era veteran, Korean War veteran and/or World War II veteran. The Brothers in the Chapter would clean, maintain the gravesite, place flowers, and/or a small flag, along with a purple and gold ribbon on the gravesite in preparation for the Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day celebration. Special attention should be given to veterans buried in African-American cemeteries and churches. During those special holidays where soldiers are remembered, the African-American veteran tends to be forgotten The Veterans Project is an opportunity for the Brothers of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity to show reverence and honor to those African-American heroes.

SERVICED POPULATION: Deceased Vietnam-era veterans

COMMUNITY ISSUE ADDRESSED: Military respect, African-American history

COMMUNITY IMPACT: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

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