Lat weekend, the Alpha Beta Eta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. received the Elizabeth Smiley Young Award for Outstanding Community Service in Waycross, GA. The award was presented to a graduate chapter that provided outstanding service in the community. The award is in honor of Mrs. Elizabeth Smiley Young who served as the South Atlantic Region’s Cluster III Coordinator from 2006-2010. Cluster III consists of 12 Graduate chapters in Jacksonville, Orange Park, St. Augustine, Daytona Beach, Palm Coast, Ocala, Sanford, Deland, Gainesville, Florida; Brunswick, and Waycross, GA.
The chapter presented their work with the Renewing Dignity organization which provides period products for girls and women in the Jacksonville area as their Community Service Project. Over the past two years, the chapter collected approximately 20,000 individual items for their collection drives. This collection activity continues to be the signature program of the chapter.
“Thank you to all who have supported this effort and we look forward to community support in the future,” said chapter president Vernice Whitefied. Shown left to right:
The chapter made their historic mark on the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated landscape when they became the sororities first chartered chapter in 2012. The chartering came after a two year journey as an Interest Group known as the River City Pearls who self charged themselves with immediate plans to organize, target and service the community. The chapter’s 49 chapter members are on a mission to serve in the Jacksonville, Florida community.