Chapter Programs and Special Projects
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated's national programs are community outreach mentoring initiatives that have been adopted by the organization’s governing body and mandated for implementation by all of its chapters. These include: Go-To-High School, Go-To-College, Project Alpha, A Voteless People Is A Hopeless People, and Brother's Keeper.
Over the years, ODL has served the community via these programs and other local initiatives.
Arms of Alpha
Every year ODL is blessed to have the opportunity to serve our disadvantaged brothers and sisters in Philadelphia. On thanksgiving day, more than 270 individuals were served – all with the help of over 100 volunteers! All the guests who attended were able to eat as much as they wanted and take as many articles of clothing as they desired. In fact, we saw whole families leave with both their arms and stomachs full.
ODL hosts several Project Alpha events annually including one for participants in Temple Univesity's Upward Bound Program, as well as a collaborative effort with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.. For over two decades, Omicron Delta Lambda Chapter have been using this program to educate our youth about the responsible behavior, abstinence and the dangers/problems associated with engaging in sexual activity at a young age. Workshops are facilitated by professionals in the health care field with support from the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Seasons Greetings! Every year, the Omicron Delta Lambda Chapter selects a few families to “adopt” during our annual holiday service project known as Adopt-a-Family. We deliver gifts and items of need - anything from Xbox games to clothing and arts & crafts.
ODL and Philadelphia Reads
ODL partnered with Philadelphia Reads to raise a city of readers! Together, along with a total of 350 volunteers, ODL worked to sort books, transfer text onto audio, and donate over 50 boxes of books! We recorded children’s books on tape to be distributed throughout the city by PHILADELPHIA READS (http://www.philareads.org), an organization dedicated to strengthening literacy skills and resources in Philadelphia.
Career Day with the AKAs
The Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.- Omicron Delta Lambda Chapter in conjunction with the lovely ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.- Omega Omega Chapter hosted Career Day at Pennell Elementary in Philadelphia, PA. Career Day consisted of a series of informational sessions facilitated by young professional presenters. Participants were assigned to small groups based on grade and rotated every 30 minutes to the featured speakers to gain career exposure.
Voteless People are a Hopeless People
ODL’s supports works with local schools, community centers, and legistlators, to educate our neighborhoods on the power of voting. With voter registration, voter education and voter empowerment, ODL has programs all year round around this core mission.
Selvin L. Gordon
Scholarship Golf Outing Fundraiser
Members and friends of our organization compete in a charity golf outing to provide scholarships and educational programs for young people in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. The tournament is named after one of ODL's founding members.
Throughout the school year we provide mentoring sessions after school to boys at Pennell Elementary School. Topics of discusion vary... from "respect for women" to "how to tie a tie" to "the meaning of Kwanzaa".