In honor of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated’s 115th anniversary of existence, members of the Kappa Xi Lambda Chapter—who are also known as The Wall Street Alphas—held their fifth annual Founder’s Day Community Service Project. This year, the Wall Street Alphas distributed 115 bags of personal care products (i.e., soap, deodorant, lotion, razors), blankets, socks, PPE masks, and snacks to the homeless community in and around New York City’s Penn Station.
“We raised over $1,000 in donations from fraternity members and supporters and $1,500 in product donations from Bevel, House of A, and The Covenant House. The Church of St. Francis of Assisi donated space to assemble the personal care bags. Our goal was not only to provide individuals with care packages but also to plant seeds of hope,” said Alpha Phi Alpha member Vincent Cunningham. “Community members that often felt overlooked expressed feeling seen and valued. Those individuals who attended our community outreach shared their appreciation for receiving the care packages. Many of our attendees viewed the care package items (hygiene products, socks, blankets, etc.) as luxuries, while for many New Yorkers, these items would be considered daily necessities.”
Vincent Cunningham was inducted into the fraternity on April 10, 2010, at the Rho Gamma Chapter at Northern Kentucky University. He is currently the media representative and on the community service committee of the Kappa Xi Lambda Chapter.
Since the rechartering on Oct. 5, 2002, the Kappa Xi Lambda Chapter have rebranded themselves as the Wall Street Alphas. They serve areas in the Greater Metropolitan areas of New York and Downtown Brooklyn. The chapter is known for their community service events such as the annual Stock-ing Exchange fundraiser, Read Across America and their mentoring program for Black adolescents, Alpha G.E.N.T.S.
“Our next community service event will be our annual MLK Day of Service in conjunction with the New York area members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated,” said Cunningham. “Check out our page www.wallstreetalphas.com, and our Instagram @WallStreetAlphas for more information; volunteers and donations are always welcome!”