Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Sisters Help Beautify West Oakland


Sorors of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s Alpha Nu Omega Chapter (ANO) partnered with the City of Oakland, Bottoms Up Farmers, and City Slickers to volunteer more than 30 hours of service to the Bay Community Fellowship Church in West Oakland.

This service effort supports Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Environmental Ownership and Family Strengthening initiatives.

For the past 88 years, sorors of ANO have served the Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond communities to support residents with improvements and progressive initiatives.  The “Acts of Green Service” environmental effort continues that tradition.

Due to the rainy season, a lot near the church, located on the corner of 10th and Campbell, had become overgrown with weeds and filled with trash and debris. Members of ANO spent two consecutive weekends pruning, weeding and restoring the beauty of the lot.

The culminating Acts of Green Service fell on Earth Day where members of ANO invited the community to join a fun-filled afternoon of laboring and tending to the land that will potentially supply food to the local residents.

In addition to cleaning the lot, the ANO sorors helped Bay Community Church members feed more than 120 people each of the two weekends. The number of families touched was overwhelming for one member of ANO.

Photo courtesy of Marcie Hodge

Donna Ziegler said,  “Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in my daily routine, but it’s these acts of service where I can make a difference in someone’s life that let me know we are doing a great service for mankind”.

Kathryn Keep, a West Oakland resident with a bright smile and cheerful laugh, commented, “This is wonderful what you all are doing for the community. It makes the area look 10 times better.”

Mrs. Keep, who came out to support ANO members and also helps the church with its food program, explained how the rain had caused the weeds and grass to grow almost five-feet tall in some areas.

She was excited that a group of women came out to lend the community a hand to an area that’s seen its share of ups and downs.

ANO Environmental Ownership and Family Strengthening Chair Betty Morning said, “ANO is taking off and making a difference in the community.  Approximately 31 volunteers gave up their day to come out and produce real change”.

As part of the joint effort, the City of Oakland supplied snacks, tools and offered debris-prick-up. The City Slickers farmers provided vegetable starter plants, and Bottoms Up Farms provided tomato starter plants and hands-on gardening tutorials.

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