Education — 19 September 2011
Omega Psi Phi Implements New Benevolence Program
Nashville, Tenn. - In May of 2011, members of Gamma Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity, Inc. launched a new benevolence program called the Omega Widows Assist
Program (OWAP), a restoration, repair and maintenance program for widows of Gamma Phi
Chapter. Chapter members provide light, short-term work projects around the homes of widows
of Gamma Phi members who have passed.

“Several of our older chapter members have passed in the three year period that I have served
as chaplain” said Brother Clint Boyd, Jr. “We wanted to do more for the widows than just
conduct a nice Omega Service (memorial service) for their husbands. Many of the routine
maintenance and repair items their husbands would take care of are things the widows have
to pay for now. With all the manpower and expertise we have in our chapter, we felt we could
easily fill that void,” he said.

The chapter currently has nine widows, five of whom have taken advantage of the program
so far. Brothers volunteered their time on the five work days that occurred in June and July of
2011. The work day projects have included grass mowing, weed eating, branch pruning, flower
planting, replacing doorknobs, gutter cleaning, power washing, replacing gutter slats, hedge
trimming, mulching, cleaning utility houses, dumping debris and replacing a storage room floor
and door. The OWAP program runs quarterly. The next round of OWAP work days is scheduled
for October through November 2011.

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