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:
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 provides toys and other donations for children whose families are less fortunate during our annual Stocking Exchange, our fundraising holiday event. We have partnered with organizations such as Toys for Tots, Urban Resource Institute, and Covenant House NY.
Founders Day Community Outreach
On December 4th, the Wall Street Alphas serve the homeless within the vicinity of Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal by providing over 100 care packages ranging from women’s toiletries to non-perishable foods. We collaborate with various businesses and non-profit organizations in the area to provide essential goods for those who are less fortunate.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
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.
Black History Month Celebration
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. Such events in recent fraternal years included “Black Wall Street” celebrating the history of African American entrepreneurship and “Money Talks”, a financial independence workshop led by Christina Massalay, CEO of Mass Financial Management.
AIDS Walk New York
The HIV/AIDS epidemic has been a modern day plague 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.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
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 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in solidarity with women, families, and friends affected by this form of cancer. Every year, brothers participate in the event led by the American Cancer Society by ensuring patrons are registered and credentialed to participate.
March of Dimes: March for Babies
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.
Read Across America
During the month of March, the Wall Street Alphas support childhood literacy by participating in the nationwide literacy initiative with elementary schools in the Lower East Side such as P.S. 64 – The Robert Simon School. Students are exposed to quality anchor texts and deep discussions that broaden their thinking. Brothers engage the students by reading to them and encouraging them to read consistently to learn more about their world.
African-American Day Parade
Every September, The Wall Street Alphas joins hands with our brothers of the Alpha Gamma Lambda Chapter also known as the Harlem Alphas, the National Pan-Hellenic Council of New York City, and a host of local organizations in celebrating Black culture at the African-American Day Parade in Harlem. Ranging from voter registration to strolling, brothers engage in a number of activities to serve our communities.