Loudoun County, VA — On October 15, 2017, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Sigma Mu Mu Chapter,held its annual Dr. Charles R. Drew Blood Drive. The Brothers partnered with the Inova Blood Donor
Services Center of Sterling,Virginia. The initial goal was to have 17 donors give blood. However a total of 26 donors signed up. Almost half of the donors were members of the community who walked in after beingencouraged to volunteer by Brothers outside of the building. Inova officials appreciated and recognized the good work of Sigma Mu Mu for bringing in so many donors. This is important because donors are needed
now more than ever. The demand for blood is increasing while blood donation levels are decreasing.
The Inova Blood Donor Services Center supplies lifesaving blood and blood products to 24 different hospitals in Northern Virginia and throughout the Washington metropolitan area. They also work with national and international redistribution organizations. The Inova team looks forward to and is eager to again work with Sigma Mu Mu at next year’s blood drive.
Once again, Sigma Mu Mu demonstrated its commitment to service in Loudoun County. By leading this worthy effort to raise awareness of the need for an increase in the blood supply, the Brothers helped to
Ashburn, VA – On June 1, 2016, Sigma Mu Mu Chapter of Loudoun County, VA provided financial assistance to college-bound high school seniors. Scholarships were awarded to three deserving students and monetary gifts were given to the high school class of 2016 graduates whose dads are Sigma Mu Mu brothers. The scholarship awards were based on the evaluation of applications submitted by participants in the chapter’s annual scholarship competition which, this year, was open to all college-bound, Loudoun County high school seniors. Twenty-one applications were received from ten of the fifteen high schools in the county. Ms. Jordan Williams of Briar Woods High School was selected as the first place winner and received a $4,000.00 scholarship; Ms. Asiah Robinson of Woodgrove High School was selected as the second place winner and received a $2,500.00 scholarship; and Ms. Ivana Spurlock of Rock Ridge High School was selected as the third place winner and received a $1,500.00 scholarship. Sigma Mu Mu presented the scholarships to the recipients during the senior awards ceremony held at their respective high schools.
The monetary gifts totaling $2,500.00 were given to the graduating sons and daughters of chapter brothers in recognition of their academic accomplishment. The one-time monetary gifts, each in the amount of $500.00, were given to Blake Francis (Westfield High School), son of Bro. Carl Francis; Jordan Hughes (John Champe High School), daughter of Bro. Marlon Hughes; Landon Johnson (Westfield High School), son of Bro. Brian Johnson; Kyle Miller (Stonebridge High School), son of Bro. Kelly Miller; and Briana Stanley (Bishop McNamara High School), daughter of Bro. Thomas Stanley.
Sigma Mu Mu Collects Toys and Bikes at Annual Toy Drive
Loudoun County, VA— The Brothers of Sigma Mu Mu Chapter (SMM) are doing their part to ensure that children in need throughout Loudoun County are able to enjoy a toy or two this holiday season.
On December 10, 2016, SMM held its annual Santa’s Workshop toy drive at the Super Wal-Mart in Sterling, Virginia. Despite frigid temperatures and bitterly cold winds, many dedicated Brothers came out layered up and ready to work. They actively engaged with patrons and encouraged them to donate toys, bikes and money for the children of less fortunate families. Due to the generosity of local community residents and other supporters over 260 individual toys were collected, including 10 bikes. Also, cash donations were used to buy more toys. At the conclusion of the event, the Toys for Tots coordinator for Loudoun County, Mr. Frank Holtz, arrived to collect all of the toys. He delivered them to the local office/distribution center.
Now in its 4th year, Santa’s Workshop supports the Loudoun County Toys for Tots Campaign, which in turn supports the National Toys for Tots Foundation. The goal is to provide toys for needy children during the Christmas season. By participating in such a worthy cause, Sigma Mu Mu lifted the spirits of families, and accomplished its mission by bringing smiles to deserving children.
Que-Bucks Close out 2016
Sigma Mu Mu’s Que-Bucks Program Keeps Students Reading
Sterling, VA- Students at Sugarland Elementary are hitting the books, thanks to the brothers of Sigma Mu Mu Chapter in Loudoun County, VA.
Since 2012, the Chapter has partnered with the school to encourage students to read on a daily basis. Serving as a Social Action and Assault on Illiteracy initiative, the Que-Bucks program ties in with the school’s own Accelerated Reader program by encouraging students to become more avid readers. For each 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. The drawing, held at the end of each semester, awards various prizes to students from each grade level.
Currently in its 5th year of operation at Sugarland, the Que-Bucks program was expanded this year to include students in kindergarten all the way through grade 5. Students throughout the school were encouraged to participate, as brothers initially visited the school in September to kick off the program. On December 2, 2016, brothers of Sigma Mu Mu returned to the school to announce the top readers for the fall semester and distribute prizes. Students from all grade levels were awarded $10 gift certificates redeemable towards the purchase of books and other items at the school’s semi-annual book fair. As an added incentive, the two top readers were also awarded bicycles for their efforts. Students are not only discovering the inherent joys of reading, but they are also reaping the benefits of their efforts within the classroom. Accordingly, the brothers of Sigma Mu Mu are happy to provide them with the opportunity to do so.
For the 2016-2017 school year, the Chapter will award approximately $1,600 in prizes and gifts to the top readers in the school.
Leesburg, VA — Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Mu Mu Chapter, is again setting the example and leading the way through service. The students and staff at Leesburg Elementary School are discovering firsthand just how integral Sigma Mu Mu is to the local community.
In December, Sigma Mu Mu received more than 700 new books as part of its successful Toys for Tots campaign. Always thinking of the value of education, the Brothers of Sigma Mu Mu gave the books to Operation Uplift, a local 501(c)(3) foundation, which in turn donated the books to Leesburg Elementary School. The books cover a wide variety of interesting topics, and will be used throughout the school. Nearly every classroom will receive an allotment of books to read. Principal Angela Robinson expressed tremendous gratitude for the donation and indicated that the books will be put to immediate use. Brother Shawn Lacey, the assistant principal who led this education initiative, indicated that teachers will seek out ways to incorporate these books into their current curricula this semester.
Through diligence in the service of others, the Brothers of Sigma Mu Mu are truly living their creed and representing the lofty ideals of Omega.
Loudoun County, VA— Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Mu Mu Chapter, routinely lends a helping hand to those in need, and is guided by its unwavering obligation to lift as we climb.
On February 24, 2017, the Brothers of Sigma Mu Mu gathered early to provide breakfast for the residents of the Loudoun Homeless Emergency Shelter in Leesburg, Virginia. “Breakfast by the Bruhs”, a recurring meal service, is a social action initiative led by Bro. Drew Gerald. The Brothers cooked, served and catered to all the needs of the residents. On the menu was an old-fashioned breakfast of scrambled eggs, grits, french toast, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit and orange juice. This breakfast is quite popular and was well received at the homeless shelter. It allows residents to partake in a hearty meal, while giving Brothers an opportunity to interact directly with the residents and hear their stories.
The emergency shelter, operated by Volunteers of America® Chesapeake (VOA), is one of the programs provided at the Loudoun Homeless Services Center. The staff collaborates with local churches, professionals, civic groups and volunteers to address the basic needs of the residents. Sigma Mu Mu’s involvement, outreach and assistance are beneficial, and allow VOA to carry out its broad mission of inspiring self-reliance, dignity and hope for its homeless clients. Needless to say, the Omega men of Sigma Mu Mu continually contribute to raising the hopes and lifting the spirits of many of our less fortunate brothers and sisters in the community.
Woodbridge, VA – Sigma Mu Mu Chapter took the top two spots in the Gene Montague Memorial 5K Run on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Leesylvania Park. Brother Dwayne Bowden was the 1st Place Winner and Brother Bryce Pringle came in 2nd Place. Way to bring home the hardware and honor the memory of Brother Montague. This 5K is a fitting tribute to an Omega Man who himself participated in many events, including the Tough Mudder with Brother Pringle.
Leesburg, VA – On January 16, 2017, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sigma Mu Mu Chapter participated in the 25th Annual MLK March and Celebration. Heeding the call to action on this historic day of service, the brothers helped by assisting in event setup, by transporting food received from local restaurants, and by donating nonperishable food items to a food drive. Additionally, Sigma Mu Mu walked in the parade and attended the MLK celebration program held at the Douglass Community Center. The keynote speaker for the program was Blake D. Morrant, Esquire, Dean of the George Washington University School of Law. The program included music and inspirational performances. Many of the brothers shared the experience of MLK day with their children. They walked together with their sons and daughters in the parade and allowed them to participate in the Youth and Adult Dialogue Program. The MLK Committee, during the program, thanked Sigma Mu Mu for its dedication to and continued support of the event.