Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service

Greetings,

On behalf of the Pi Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, I welcome you to our website. On this site, you will find information about our chapter and the programs of service that we have provided for the Louisville community for over 33 years.

Pi Lambda Omega Chapter was established in 1986 and continue to impact the growth and development of our community through impactful programming and sustainable service living out our mantra of “Service to all Mankind.” Under our current International President, Dr. Glenda Baskins Glover, our program theme is “Exemplifying Excellence through Sustainable Service.” As you browse through our website, you will view program initiatives and projects that our chapter has implemented in our community to address our program targets as they relate to the residents of the Louisville community.

I am honored to serve as president of the chapter on the platform of, “Leadership P3” – Purpose, Passion, and Persistence. Our chapter is important to me because of its “purpose” and power to make a difference in our community. My “passion” is Pi Lambda Omega Chapter, and as a charter member, my desire is to move our chapter to the next level in leadership and service. I remain, “persistent” as a seasoned, confident and experienced soror, having served in various chapter offices and on committees on the regional and international levels. I am committed to Pi Lambda Omega Chapter and to service.

Pi Lambda Omega Chapter members represent dynamic and influential women who are leaders in our community with diverse backgrounds and notable educational accomplishments. We join the ranks of over 1,000 chapters, whose members have dedicated their lives to the sisterhood and the work of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Our desire is to continue our sorority’s legacy of service and make a difference in our beloved Louisville community.

We welcome you to our website, and we invite you to contact us for more information on programs, membership and other sorority events.

In Sisterhood and Service,
Jan Brown-Thompson
Chapter President

Contact Pi Lambda Omega

Louisville, KY 40299

Program Targets

 

Pi Lambda Omega Chapter

The Pi Lambda Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® was chartered on June 28, 1986. Charter members were Janis Brown-Thompson, Gloria Irvin, Danna Jones-Wilson, Margaret Williams, Janice Hodge, Henri Etta Gray, Marcia Smith, Margery DuVall, Cassandra Hall, Stephanie Mudd, Margaret Dunbar, Valerie Jackson, Dorothy Ray, Carla Fulton, Beverly Gaines, Beverly Johnson and Portia Wade. Pi Lambda Omega has dedicated members that form a bond of sisterhood that is valued by all.
Since 1986, Pi Lambda Omega Chapter has remained very active in the Louisville, Kentucky community through a variety of service programs which align with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated National Service Program Initiatives.

Target 5: Global Impact

Alpha Kappa Alpha will engage in programming designed to enhance the international footprint of the sorority.

• National Global Impact Day. Chapters will engage in a community service project that has an international impact and will partner with organizations that make a difference worldwide.

• GlobalAssistanceActivities. Chapters will engage in global partnerships that provide assistance to the underserved in international areas populated with people of color. These partnerships include the following:

Soles 4 Souls. Chapters will collect gently-worn shoes and transport the shoes to specified locations. Soles4Souls mission is to create sustainable jobs and provide relief through the distribution of shoes around the world.

Lions Club International. Chapters will participate in an eyeglass initiative designed to prevent blindness, help restore eyesight, and improve eye health and eye care for millions of people around the world by donating used eyeglasses in partnership with local Lions Clubs.

Pillowcase Project. Chapters will continue to use pillowcases to make dresses for little girls and will expand the sorority’s efforts to include shirts for little boys. The pillowcase dresses and shirts will be sent to Haiti to provide clothing for children in need.

• Refugees in America Assistance Program (RAAP). Chapters will focus on refugees of color in the United States by partnering with organizations engaged in support activities that assist refugees and their families to integrate into American life. This includes literacy classes, educational training, and other necessary transitional support.

Target 4: The Arts!

Alpha Kappa Alpha will expose students to arts enrichment and culture by focusing on visual and performing arts and by showcasing talent through the exploration of writers, entertainers and various other artists.

• Salute to the Harlem Renaissance will celebrate the contributions of African-American artists during the Harlem Renaissance through student research and chapter sponsorship of student talent showcases. This initiative will correlate with HBCUs and African-American culture and will include colleges with art collections.

• Salute to the Black Arts Movement will focus on student research and celebration of African-American artists during the Black Arts Movement. Chapters will champion activities that express the movement message and highlight members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority who served as leaders and participants. Activities will include art events, poetry slams, dancing, painting, and performing arts.

Target 3: Building Your Economic Legacy

Alpha Kappa Alpha will emphasize financial planning, asset accumulation, and wealth building including savings and investments, managing debt, and improving credit.

• Personal Financial Planning and Asset Accumulation. Financial
Freedom Legacy Workshops will be conducted in partnership with local certified financial planners who will share information on saving, investing, and retirement planning. Chapters will train community residents on ways to perform financial assessments to achieve their financial goals.

• Credit Repair and Monitoring. This initiative will focus on ways to repair credit and improve credit scores including how to check for inaccurate or outdated information in credit reports, and how to protect against both identity theft and unauthorized credit history use.

• Entrepreneurship and the Black Dollar 365. This initiative will highlight and promote successful African-American owned businesses with an aim toward spawning new entrepreneurial ventures in our communities by encouraging intentional support and leveraging the power of the black dollar 365 days a year.

• Operation AKA Assist. This initiative will focus on implementing programs to assist those in need in various communities by directing attention to the plight of the homeless, including homeless children, and homeless veterans. Chapters will partner with or adopt a shelter, a transitional home or an organization that provides assistance to these needy populations.

Target 2: Women’s Healthcare and Wellness

Alpha Kappa Alpha will continue to raise community awareness of critical health issues impacting African-American women. The primary focuses will be breast cancer awareness and prevention, heart health, nutrition and wellness, and care for the caregivers.

• Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention will focus specifically on early detection through mammograms to improve the survival rate of women diagnosed with breast cancer. Alpha Kappa Alpha will own a digital AKA Mobile Breast Cancer Screening Unit that will travel to various locations and provide mammogram screening. Chapters will partner with local clinics, rural health centers, and hospitals to emphasize the need for African-American women to receive regular mammograms.

• Heart Health remains a focus as the sorority enhances its commitment to healthy hearts through fitness activities and walking. Chapters will be encouraged to form walking clubs and to invite the community to join the walking initiatives.

• Nutrition and Wellness will emphasize healthy lifestyles including prenatal, childhood, adult, and senior nutrition programs. The focus will be on structured nutrition initiatives, and chapters will partner with local nutritionists and dieticians to design healthy eating plans and safe diets for longer, healthier living.

• Care for the Caregivers

places emphasis on taking care of those who take care of others. Chapters will emphasize the need for caregivers to practice preventive healthcare as well as self-care behavior to eliminate the vulnerabilities and risks associated with the stress of caregiving.

Signature Program:#CAPSMsm

Alpha Kappa Alpha will assist students as they seek admission to college by providing guidance and support in completing the application and enrollment process through the 2018-2022 Signature Program, #CAPSM.

Too many African-American high school students lack the basic support needed to navigate through the college admissions process. Through #CAPSM, chapters will partner with local high schools and youth groups to bridge the gap between high school and college by demystifying the college application and enrollment process. This educational initiative will extend to all colleges and universities, both HBCUs and non-HBCUs.

#CAPSM is a step-by-step approach to facilitate college admission from researching various institutions and submitting applications through completion of the enrollment process. Chapters will assist students in completing college applications, preparing for the ACT and SAT, writing compelling personal statements, identifying scholarships and other financial aid, and compiling a portfolio to track college admission results. Through #CAPSM, Alpha Kappa Alpha will improve the trajectory of the lives of talented young people by increasing their potential for success and laying the foundation for positive, productive, and fulfilling lives.

Target 1: HBCU for Life: A Call to Action

Alpha Kappa Alpha will continue its focus on education with an emphasis on historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

• Chapters will promote and market historically black colleges and universities and encourage students to attend HBCUs as a sustainability measure. Activities will include researching and publishing information regarding prominent Alpha Kappa Alpha women and other notable individuals who attended HBCUs.

• Recognizing that HBCU funding is one of the primary obstacles that threaten the long-term growth and survival of HBCUs, members will be encouraged to financially support HBCUs. Alpha Kappa Alpha will implement an AKA HBCU Endowment Initiative in partnership with EAF, in which an endowed scholarship will be established at each accredited four-year HBCU. The goal is to stamp the Alpha Kappa Alpha brand of financial support on each HBCU campus to help students remain in school, complete their course of study, and receive their college degrees.

Signature Program:#CAPSMsm