In the midst of the pandemic during the summer of 2020, the brothers of the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. renewed their commitment to the Adopt-A-Highway project.
They signed a contract to clean up along old U.S. 64 for four more years. In the contract, the fraternal organization agreed to do a minimum of four cleanups per year. From sign to sign along the highway covers 2½ miles.
The Omegas of Rocky Mount have been picking up debris, trash, tires and much more for eight years. The members of the organization felt it’s the least they could do to keep their highways and community clean.
On May 22, state Transportation Board member and member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Melvin Mitchell gave an inspirational and motivation speech on the excellent service to the community.
“You could be anywhere right now, but you chose to serve the citizens of your community,” he said.
Mitchell understands the importance of being a bridge builder. There is always a good turnout of volunteers for this project.
During the week of May 3-6, Omega Psi Phi carried out the Assault on Illiteracy program with Fairview Elementary School. It was a successful virtual reading event.
Assault On Illiteracy is a literacy program that promotes, supports, and encourages reading at all levels. Chapter Basileus, Calvin Balance stated, “it is our goal to help children understand reading is fun! Reading is the most basic fundamental skill all children need.”
The Omegas of Rocky Mount currently are working on having a Charles Drew Blood Drive on Aug. 21. The blood drive will be in partnership with the American Red Cross. This annual event was held every year except for last year due to the pandemic and has been successful in getting donors from Nash and Edgecombe counties.
Further details will be given to the community as the event approaches in August.
Also, the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. will celebrate 75 years of services to the Rocky Mount area. It was founded Nov. 26, 1946, by local leaders of Nash and Edgecombe counties.