Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
(c) 2013 - Iota Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Manhood Scholarship Perseverance Uplift
The Omega Scouts (Troop 258 and Pack 3206) is a Boy Scouts troop and Cub Scout Pack organized by men from the Iota Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and a coalition of other groups. In conjunction with the Tipping Point Initiative, Seeds of Promise, Brown Hutcherson Ministries, and Cascade Engineering, we focus on inner-city youths with programs that build character and encourage healthy living.
We conduct activities such as camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, canoeing, sporting events, tours of potential employers and colleges. Our goal is to provide access to positive professional role models in the fields of law, education, science, manufacturing, health care, and engineering among other professions.
We are proud to be in partnership with The Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI) on various initiatives, such as our Charles R. Drew Golf Outing and the GRAAHI Rhythm Run. GRAAHI is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is funded by numerous entities that are equally committed to its mission. It raises public awareness through advocacy about issues of critical concern to the African American community and mobilizes concerned citizens to take action.
GRAAHI’s mission is “To promote health care parity in the Grand Rapids African American community through advocacy, education and research to achieve positive health outcomes.” By promoting health care parity or equality, GRAAHI will have an impact on the health disparities that currently exist for African Americans who live in this community.
In addition to the locally driven initiatives, our Iota Pi Chapter supports the following Internationally Mandated Programs of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Internationally Mandated Programs
ACHIEVEMENT WEEK - is observed each November and is designed to recognize those individuals at the local and international levels who have contributed to community uplift. A High School Essay Contest is to be held in conjunction with Achievement Week.
SCHOLARSHIP - promotes academic excellence among the undergraduate members. Graduate chapters provide financial assistance to student members and non-members.
SOCIAL ACTION PROGRAMS - Chapters participate in activities that will uplift their communities. Some of the activities include: voter registration, Assault on Illiteracy; Habitat for Humanity; mentoring; and participation in fundraisers for charitable organizations.
TALENT HUNT PROGRAM - provides exposure, encouragement and financial assistance to talented young people participating in the performing arts. Winners are awarded recognition and may be given college scholarships.
MEMORIAL SERVICE - March 12th of each year chapters conduct an appropriate service to recall the memory of those members who have entered into Omega Chapter.
RECLAMATION AND RETENTION - A concerted effort at the international, district and local levels to retain active brothers and return inactive brothers to full participatory status.
COLLEGE ENDOWMENT FUND - Each year the fraternity gives at least $50,000 to historically black college and universities in furtherance of Omega's commitment to provide philanthropic support.
HEALTH INITIATIVES - Chapters facilitate, participate and coordinate activities that promote good health practices. Some of the programs are the Charles Drew Blood Drive and partnership with the American Diabetes Association.
VOTER REGISTRATION, EDUCATION AND MOBILIZATION - Chapters facilitate and participate in activities that uplift their communities through the power of the vote.
NAACP - Every district and chapter of the fraternity is required to maintain a Life Membership at Large in the NAACP. All members of the fraternity are encouraged to join the NAACP.
Iota Pi Chapter - Grand Rapids, MI