SOCIAL ACTION

Sigma Mu Mu Helps with LINKS Christmas Food Drive 2015

Loudoun County, VA - The men of Sigma Mu Mu (SMM) are always willing to lend a helping hand in the local community. SMM fully demonstrated their willing to serve on December 12, 2015, at the LINKS Christmas Food Drive in Sterling, Virginia. The annual event provides food and supplies to hundreds of needy families in the area, as well as throughout Loudoun County. As such, brothers spent the day loading food boxes and groceries into the vehicles of the very appreciative families; and directing the flow of traffic - much like they had done several weeks prior for the Links Thanksgiving Food Drive. The LINKS president, Lisa Lombardozzi, was noticeably impressed with the efforts of SMM, saying via email, “I just wanted to tell you how incredible your (chapter) volunteers were!!! THEY WERE AWESOME!!!!” Bro. Drew Gerald

SMM’s Santa’s Workshop Collects Over 300 Items for Toys for Tots 2015

Sterling, VA - On Saturday, December 12, 2015, the Brothers of the Sigma Mu Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. worked diligently to collect toys and bikes for their annual Santa’s Workshop toy drive. For the last 4 years, the chapter has collaborated with the United States Marine Corps and donated hundreds of toys to the Toys for Tots Program. This year’s toy drive, held at the Walmart Supercenter in Sterling, Virginia, gave Sigma Mu Mu the opportunity to serve the community in front of thousands of Loudoun County residents. The goal of the chapter was to give back, uplift and spread holiday cheer to those in their community who are most in need. By the end of the day, the men of Sigma Mu Mu collected over 300 toys and 9 bikes. These items were distributed to children whose parents could not afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. This worthwhile event was a success and would not have been possible without the support from this year’s sponsors, Walmart Supercenter, Mimi’s Café, and Chick-fil-A. With a mission to collect new, unwrapped toys during the last quarter of each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted, Toys for Tots was officially started in 1996 when it was first designated as the official activity of the U.S. Marine Corps and mission of the Marine Corps Reserve. Since then, the program has collaborated with businesses, organizations and groups such as Sigma Mu Mu to bring smiles to thousands of needy children throughout the United States. For Sigma Mu Mu’s participation and continuous contribution to the Toys for Tots Program, the chapter was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation signed by the Commander of the United States Marine Corps Forces Reserve.

Sigma Mu Mu Helps with LINKS Thanksgiving Food Drive 2015

Loudoun County, VA - The men of the Sigma Mu Mu (SMM) Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., value service. SMM continues to demonstrate an active and ongoing commitment to service within its local community. This was evident on November 21, 2015, as SMM brothers volunteered at the annual LINKS Thanksgiving Food Drive held at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Sterling, Virginia. Although the actual distribution of food did not commence until 7:30 a.m., families began lining up at 4 a.m. for the generous and much needed donations. Accordingly, brothers were tasked with directing traffic; and loading food and supplies into each family’s vehicle. The assistance rendered by SMM was greatly appreciated, as brothers were often thanked and saluted with “Happy Thanksgiving” as they placed bags of groceries into the vehicles of those in need. At the conclusion of the day’s activities, more than 700 families had received assistance through the food drive. This year marks the fourth consecutive year that SMM has participated in the LINKS Thanksgiving Food Drive. The brothers of SMM are always happy to play a role in such a worthy event.

Mother Lockett Yard Clean-up 2015

Sterling, VA - On Saturday, November 14, 2015 the brothers of Sigma Mu Mu Chapter spent the morning doing much needed yard work for one of Sterling’s senior citizens. Ms. Dorothy Lockett was selected by ΣΜΜ’s own Bro. Frank Simmons for her years of dedicated service to Loudoun County. Ms. Lockett graced brothers with her presence by discussing her professional accomplishments, her growing up in the Deep South and her eventual move to Northern Virginia. By the end of the morning, the men of ΣΜΜ had raked 13 bags of leaves and laid 10 bags of mulch. The community service project was part of the weeklong ΣΜM Achievement Week. Other events held during this week of celebration included: the Achievement Week Brunch, Monday Night Football Reclamation, and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Rededication.

Que Bucks Year End Close Out 2015

On May 26th, members of the Sigma Mu Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., visited Sugarland Elementary in Sterling, Virginia. These Omega men closed out the annual Que-Bucks program for the 2014-2015 school year. They gathered together with students and staff to celebrate another successful year of enhanced reading. The Que-Bucks program encourages students to read more, learn new things and become avid readers. For every book read, students can earn a stamp on their Que-Buck. Once 20 stamps have been earned, each student’s Que-Buck is placed in a drawing for individual prizes. Drawings are held at the end of each school semester, with prizes awarded to students in each grade level (K-5). For this semester’s drawing, top readers received prizes including a Kindle Fire reader, a laptop, and two bicycles. The librarian and Que-Bucks facilitator, Mrs. Kim Grim stated that, “This school year was a record year for the number of hours the students have read. The Que-Bucks program has helped accumulate up to a total of 221,000 additional reading minutes during this semester alone.” The Que-Bucks program has embodied both social action and assault on illiteracy since 2012. Through this worthy program Sigma Mu Mu continues to (1) promote Scholarship, (2) to have a positive impact on the lives of students at Sugarland Elementary and (3) serve the most needy residents in the community.