SERVICE

Service is the common thread that motivates and deeply inspires all Omega Phi Alpha members. Through the years, OPA sisters have donated hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours. 

Members of Omega Phi Alpha join together each year and direct their efforts toward performing chapter and individual service projects in six areas. These areas correspond to the direct beneficiaries of the projects. Each semester the chapter plans six-chapter projects:


 

 

 National President’s Project

Help make a college campus a better place and support the university by giving back. Volunteer efforts should directly benefit the university, students, faculty and staff.
 

University Community

Help make a college campus a better place and support the university by giving back. Volunteer efforts should directly benefit the university, students, faculty and staff.

Community-at-Large

Many nonprofit organizations around the community are in need of outstanding OPA volunteers who are willing to share their time and talents.

Members of Sorority

Service to the membership should directly benefit OPA sisters–actives or alumnae.

Nations of the World

OPA’s international service extends to those living outside the United States.
 

Permanent Project: Mental Health 

 The national Permanent Project is mental health. Designated in 1971 during the national Convention, mental health was purposefully chosen after former National President Susan Terzian passed away suddenly in a car accident. Mental health was the national project she had chosen at the time.

Some organizations we volunteer with are...

St. Francis House
St. Francis House

Sisters volunteer at St. Francis House, a homeless shelter in Boston. Girls often work to both prep and serve food.

Community Servings
Community Servings

Community Servings is a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. They give our clients, their dependent families, and caregivers appealing, nutritious meals, and send the message to those in greatest in need that someone cares. OPhiA works alongside kitchen staff to peel, chop, package, and prepare these meals to be sent out for delivery.

Daily Table
Daily Table

Daily Table is a not-for-profit retail store that offers our community a variety of tasty, convenient and affordable foods that will help people feel and be their best; food that will keep them moving forward, not hold them back. Our sisters help restock the store and prep the food for the shelves.

Craddles to Crayons
Craddles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. Omega Phi Alpha works volunteer shifts in The Giving Factory Warehouse, which involves hands-on processing of the children’s items that are donated.

Samaritans 5k
Samaritans 5k

Samaritans is a nonprofit agency dedicated to reducing the risk of suicide, the second leading cause of death for Massachusetts youth and the nation’s tenth leading cause of death for all ages. All proceeds help fund Samaritans’ life saving services, including our 24/7 text & phone Helpline, Community Education and Outreach, and Grief Support Services for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Sisters help out at the walk by cheering runners/walkers, working event tents and more.

Red Cross Food Pantry
Red Cross Food Pantry

The Boston food pantry provides a 5-7 day emergency supply of food once a month to low-income clients– about 122,500 annually – making it one of the largest emergency food pantries in New England. The pantry also provides SNAP (food stamps) screening for benefit eligibility and assistance with the application process. Our sisters work to package a variety of foods, translate for non-English speaking clients, and engage clients in conversation as we assist them with carrying groceries to cars.

Service is an amazing opportunity to not only help out and get involved with the community of Boston, but also a great way to bond with your sisters!