True to the motto of “first of all, servants of all, we shall transcend all,” Kappa Xi Lambda takes great pride in staying actively involved with various community service projects and initiatives inclusive of volunteering at soup kitchens, coordinating blood drives, and hosting special conversations and panel discussions.
Aside from the ongoing mentorship and monthly sessions scheduled with our Alpha GENTS program, Kappa Xi Lambda is able to fulfill the mission of the fraternity by providing service and advocacy to our communities under the direction of the community service committee.
Below are some of the staple initiatives and annual projects in which this standing committee coordinates and participates:
Every September, Kappa Xi Lambda endeavors to showcase and celebrate the diversity of its membership and unfaltering support to the community by participating in the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn (Sunday of Labor Day Weekend) and the African American Day Parade in Harlem (two Sundays after Labor Day Weekend). In addition to being recognized as a community leader, Kappa Xi Lambda also coordinates a voter registration booth to encourage eligible attendees to register to vote, as well as sharing information and dates for voter education programs.
In the spirit of love for all mankind and in acknowledgement of the impact a woman has had on the development of the fraternity, Kappa Xi Lambda participates in the Breast Cancer Walk in solidarity with women, families, and friends affected by this form of cancer.
Thanksgiving is usually a time for hardy and fulfilling meals, familial fellowship, and appreciation. In continuing a New York Alpha tradition, Kappa Xi Lambda participates in Project Homeless, which provides food, clothes, and fellowship to persons in need. The initiative is usually hosted behind Port Authority.
The Christmas season in New York City is often characterized by excessive spending on gifts and presents, tree lighting ceremonies, and extreme cold. During this time, Kappa Xi Lambda is reminded of the reason for the season, and provides food, clothes, and self-care products to those in need and without on Founder’s Day.
The New Year is always a time of resolutions and ambitious aspirations. Kappa Xi Lambda resolves to continue providing service and advocacy to the community, and the MLK National Day of Service is just another platform utilized for that cause. In the past, Kappa Xi Lambda has participated in soup kitchens, coordinated blood dives and other endeavors on this day.
As a chapter of the first continuous intercollegiate fraternity established for African Americans, Kappa Xi Lambda remains steadfast in promoting successful outcomes for the Black community and highlighting the amazing feats and accomplishments of the community while be realistic about contemporary challenges and obstacles. Black History Month Programming Committee of Kappa Xi Lambda coordinates a stellar lineup of programs to highlight the plight and progress of the Black community past, present and future. Some of the most initiatives include the Black History Month Talent Showcase 2012 and “To Be Black & Greek in the 21st Century” Panel Discussion with Dr. Gregory S. Parks.
Cognizant of the celebration of Women’s History and Appreciation in the month of March, Kappa Xi Lambda seeks to have insightful and authentic dialogue about various barriers and keys to success to fostering better holistic relations (romantically, platonically, spiritually, etc) between Black men and women. Past programs include a dialogue inspired by Hill Harper’s A Conversation.
The March of Dimes is a national partner of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. In recognition of this partnership, Kappa Xi Lambda raises funds for the March of Dimes’ and participates in their March for Babies, which is driven by the mission of raising consciousness of the effects of premature birth and actively working towards a day in which all babies are born healthy.
The HIV/AIDS epidemic has been a modern day plagued to the Black community and continues to negatively impact the community at a suspiciously disproportionate rate to any other racial or ethnic community. Kappa Xi Lambda not only participates in the AIDS Walk New York, but also coordinates an Alpha Against AIDS Weekend, spearheaded by the Alphas Against AIDS Programming Committee.