By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

'Tis the Season for Gwinnett AKAs to Celebrate the Opportunity to Provide Over 7000 Service Hours In 2015
Members to Close Out Year with Initiatives Supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities Among Others

Lawrenceville – Deck the halls with boughs of holly - and Service To All Mankind.

Over 7000 community service hours benefitting the quality of life and living for all have been provided to the Gwinnett County community and beyond by the members of the Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter (“UAO”) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (“AKA”).

While many organizations are wrapping up activities for the year 2015, UAO members are moving full steam ahead with service activities and planning activities/strategies for 2016. Recently, chapter members traded in their signature pearls for aprons, hair nets and gloves to join their 2015-2016 Debutante Cotillion class for a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s. Attendees were asked to bring a gift for the chapter’s Toys For Tots collection efforts and proceeds from ticket sales benefitted Historically Black Colleges and Universities (“HBCUs”).

Karan Rhodes, Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter President said, "We are thankful this holiday season that the metro-Gwinnett community has partnered with UAO for over 21 years to be of service to the underserved populations in our community.  By working together, we truly make a difference!"

But, the chapter’s December volunteerism efforts don’t stop there. In fact, sleigh bells are ringing and chapter members are singing the praises of upcoming service activities which include “School Daze Cards and Cocktails”, a chapters only night for fun and spirits at Theory in collaboration with the Rho Kappa Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated (proceeds benefit HBCUs); UAO’s Christmas Giving (UAO will donate five $100 Walmart gift cards to five deserving families); the UAO Supports HBCU Campaign which calls for chapter members to make personal donations to the chapter’s HBCU fund; and Acts of Green, an effort designed to better the environment by requiring chapter members to collect paper, plastic and recyclables at their chapter meeting.

Andria S. Daniels, Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter Vice President said, "As UAO closes out the year for 2015, we are thankful that our chapter members were able to provide hands on and financial support in Gwinnett County.  We look forward to providing more opportunities and activities to community organizations."

The first Greek-lettered organization primarily for college-educated African-American women in Gwinnett County, UAO is a powerhouse of volunteerism and caveat for positive change.  Chapter members look forward to many, many more years of providing service to Gwinnett County and beyond. Forever and a day, the sisters of UAO will Serve All Mankind for AKA!

For more information, log on to www.upsilonalphaomega.com, Friend UAO on Facebook, or Follow UAO on Twitter at #AKAinGWINNETT.

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the first Greek-letter organization founded by African-American women at Howard University in 1908. Led by International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha is a sisterhood of national and international stature. Its members share the same high moral, ethical, scholastic, and spiritual standards; and are leaders in their community – inspiring, serving, and empowering all with whom they come in contact while addressing the social and economic ills of our society. For more information about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., visit www.aka1908.com. #AKA1908

About Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter
On January 29, 1994, thirty aspiring professional women chartered the Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The group gathered to implement and support the international programs of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated as they pertain to the needs of Gwinnett County, Georgia. Today, Upsilon Alpha Omega, the first African-American Greek-letter organization in Gwinnett County is over 300 members strong, and has made a significant impact on the community. Karan Rhodes serves as President. Andria S. Daniels serves as Vice President. www.upsilonalphaomega.com, #AKAinGWINNETT #uaostateofmind