AKARAMA FOUNDATION, INC
Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was chartered in 1922 as the eighth graduate chapter of the sorority. This was the beginning of a distinguished record of community service.
On October 14, 1981, the Chapter established the AKArama Foundation Inc. as a separate entity with a 501c (3) nonprofit status. The purpose of the Foundation is to promote community service through volunteerism, collaboration and programs designed to strengthen the economic, educational, culture and health of communities.
On February 12, 2007 the Foundation opened a state of the art Community Service Center located at 6220 S. Ingleside Chicago, IL 60615. The AKArama Foundation Community Service Center provides educational, cultural and socioeconomic development services for children, youth, families and seniors in the Woodlawn and broader community.
Service Program Highlights
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday Celebrations for children, youth and adults
- The Teens Perspective Project to address the problems of teenagers
- Annual Scholarship luncheon to honor the chapter’s scholarship recipients and their families
- Voter registration and Deputy Registrar Certification
- Conducted Operation HOPE, Banking on our Future, Keys to Homeownership, Nontraditional Entrepreneurs and other Financial Literacy workshops for adults and seniors
- Sponsored community forums to educate and raise awareness of the physical and mental issues/topics that impact the Black community
- Annual Health and Back to School Fair Emerging Young Leaders program Internet Café which provides online access and instruction for area seniors and adults
- Woodlawn Legal Clinic – partnership with DLA Piper offering free legal help to Woodlawn Residents
- Student Bank Day in collaboration with the Monroe Foundation and First Midway Bank
- The Odyssey Project – A free, 32 week Humanities Course for college credit in collaboration with the Illinois Humanities Council and University of Chicago
- Ascending Young Pearls – Serves 6-8 grade girls to promote scholarly excellence and leadership skills
- Annual Community Partners Breakfast and Networking Forum
- Urban Prep Academies, Discovering Our City Partnership
- Chicago Archdiocese Summer Feeding Program – Lunch Program for school age children during summer break five days a week
- ASCEND Program –Youth enrichment program for high school students
- Hands on CPR training in partnership with Illinois Health Rescue
The AKArama Foundation continues to serve as an invaluable community resource. Since its establishment, more than two million dollars has been awarded in scholarships and in support of the sorority’s service programs.