Education — 19 September 2011
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.