chapter News

UPCOMING Events

Buy Black, Make an Impact: Transform Communities!

Join us as we leverage our dollars to support Black and minority owned business.

Standing on Black Business Happy Hour

Support a local Black business in celebration of Juneteenth!

Move-Out Basket & Shelter Donation Drive

Please help us Empower Our Families as we collect items to support families living in our partner shelters and those transitioning into permanent housing!

You can donate items through our Amazon link or through our Text to Give option, text “shelterdonation” to (301) 591-6363.

Past Events

Maryland Reproductive & Maternal Health Equity Summit

Join us for a live panel discussion on maternal health, infertility, and reproductive health in the Black community, and the social determinants of health that have led to poor reproductive and maternal health outcomes for African American women.

SO WHAT? NOW WHAT?
Maryland General Assembly Wrap-Up

Join WE CAN for a backstage pass to the inner workings of policymaking that took place in Annapolis. 

During this session, we will learn which policies were considered and what passed and failed. Hear directly from the warriors in the field—our guest speakers—who champion the voices of women of color, their families, and communities, striving for policies that will have a meaningful impact and address our needs.

Mental Health Awareness Walk (RESCHEDULED - May 19, 2024)

Lace up your sneakers and get ready to walk for a great cause. Let’s raise awareness and support for mental health together. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just looking for a leisurely stroll, this event is for everyone. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the park while making a positive impact. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to promote mental wellness and show your support. See you there!

Cultivating A Greener Future:
Arbor Day Tree Planting

April is 🌍 Month! Let’s do our part to help combat the negative impacts of climate change in our communities. Let’s plant trees together. Join the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Iota Gamma Omega Chapter’s Enhancing Our Environment Committee, in collaboration with Ivy Community Charities of Prince George’s County and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, for an Arbor Day 🌳 planting event. 

SPRINGING FORWARD: PLANTING SEEDS FOR OUR MENTAL HEALTH

Join us as we kick off our inaugural session of the Mental Health Awareness Speaker Series with Dr. Irene Osisioma! Dr. Osisioma will join us virtually to dive deep into her book about intermittent fasting. We will learn how nutrition and intermittent fasting impact mental health, engage in reflective practice activities, and discuss self-care.

Growing Green Gardens

Please join Iota Gamma Omega’s Enhance Our Environment Committee as we begin our community garden!
We will plant items for our spring harvest, so please come in appropriate attire.

Money Management and Debt Relief - Hybrid Financial Goal Setting Workshop

Join the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Iota Gamma Omega Chapter’s Build Our Economic Wealth Committee in collaboration with Your Pretty Pennies. Tara Jones-Williamson is the CEO, Content Creator, and Success Coach behind Your Pretty Pennies. Your Pretty Pennies is a digital lifestyle brand that is dedicated to helping women slay their financial and lifestyle goals. During the workshop, Tara will offer tips and suggestions to help women become more confident while overcoming common financial challenges such as credit card debt, money management, and saving.

Use the button to register and join the dialogue to move toward financial freedom!

Ivies and Ice Presents: The Alpha Renaissance

The Sophisticated Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the Men of Distinction of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., take you back in time to celebrate the “Alpha Renaissance!”

Come join us on Saturday, February 17th, 2024, at the College Park Marriot Hotel & Conference Center, located at 3501 University Blvd E, Hyattsville, MD 20783.

Doors open at 8:00 PM! Come dressed in your best Harlem Renaissance attire!

Reserved seating is available with table purchase; limited open seating is available to all.

"We Are One" AKA Service Day

MAKE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY A DAY “ON” NOT A DAY OFF!

Join us for the “We Are One” AKA Service Day in collaboration with the Psi Epsilon Omega, Eta, and Theta Nu Chapters.

This event is open to the public. Please invite your family and friends, as well as a general member or an inactive member.

To donate to one of the various causes, please visit https://linktr.ee/igoakas.

Let’s Talk Infertility: Part II

Join our Empower Our Families and Sisterly Relations Committee again as they join forces to raise awareness on this important topic. This event will take place on Wednesday, November 15th from 7pm-9pm.

Youth Leadership Institute

Our Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) is back in session and we invite youth ages 11-14 and parents to join us for our open house on Saturday, October 7th at 1pm. YLI is a youth-led, interactive, and engaging leadership program for all youth (males and females). Successful completion of the program will result in each youth leader earning 24 or more service learning hours.

ENTREPRENEUHER MIXER

Happy June! To close off June and celebratory events for Juneteenth; IGO/ICC is hosting Party With A Purpose: A Black Business Mixer with Party HQ. Party HQ is a Black-owned venue that hosts bowling, karaoke, laser tag, an arcade, virtual reality, and other services that are family friendly. Our event is for Black professionals to share a space and enjoy a night of networking, R & B Karaoke, and bowling! If you are an entrepreneur, please bring business cards to share. We are also asking that everyone in attendance wears all Black to promote our “Black-owned” theme. There will be chances to win door prizes and meet someone new. There is no registration/reservation required for this event. We hope to see everyone there!

Brunch en Rosé

Come join us in your favorite chic pink attire at SoBe Restaurant and Lounge in Lanham, MD. There will be giveaways and opportunities to network with entrepreneurs and other professionals in various fields. Get ready to fellowship and have a good time as we fuel black business growth and celebrate our culture. *Reservations are strongly encouraged, as patio seating is limited*

CRAB N' GO

The Build Your Economic Wealth committee of Iota Gamma Omega, in collaboration with The Ivy Community Charities of Prince George’s County, is hosting a Crab N’ Go to support Xash Crab as they expand across the DMV. Our goal is to promote and support this minority-owned business. With emphasis on the Black family, fatherhood, and entrepreneurship, we look forward to helping Xash Crab grow and spread its impact! You can help us by purchasing an order of crabs!! Crabs are $85 per dozen and can be ordered through CashApp at $XashCrab. When ordering put in the Order Name and 6/17 in the “For” field. The deadline to order is 6/16 at 5pm and pick up is on 6/17 from 1pm-3pm at the Ivy Youth and Family Center. For more information contact Elliot Duren at 443-985-8292.

2023 Legislative Briefing

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority has always been at the forefront of social justice to promote fairness and equity. We stand in the gap to empower our communities and act in the best interests of all people through social advocacy and justice. Join our Connection and Social Justice Committee virtually on May 24, 2023 from 7pm-9pm for a candid conversation with legislators about bills passed and the impact on Prince George’s County and the AKA legislative agenda.

Do More 24 Save the Date

United Way of the National Capital Area is excited to celebrate Do More 24 – where we convene the region’s nonprofit community to collectively focus on engaging donors, partners, and volunteers in an effort to 
do more throughout the National Capital Area – all in 24 hours.

Mental Health Awareness Resource Fair and Walk

Join Iota Gamma Omega and The Ivy Community Charities of Prince George’s County, Inc. on Saturday, May 6, 2023, as our Mental Health Awareness committee hosts our Mental Health Awareness Resource Walk. Our goal is to combat stigma and promote awareness within our schools and surrounding communities about mental health. Please join us for an opportunity to learn more about mental health and to walk to help highlight the importance of mental health.
Meet us at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School indoor track from 12-2:00pm. 

What's Your Story? Let’s Talk Infertility.

Join our Empower Our Families and Sisterly Relations Committee as they join forces to raise awareness on this important topic. This event will take place on Wednesday day, April 26th from 7pm-9pm.

Sowing Seeds to Soar

Positively impacting our environment is a priority for our organization. Join the ladies of Iota Gamma Omega Chapter and The Ivy Community Charities of Prince George’s County, Inc. as we plant trees in our effort to promote the adoption of more sustainable and responsible practices. We will be planting Saturday. April 22, 2023 from 10am – 1pm at Wise High School.

Pinkies & Pearls with the Pretty Girls Happy Hour

We had so much fun the first time, let’s do it again!! Join the ladies of Iota Gamma Omega for a happy hour on Thursday, April 6th at the Famous Lounge Restaurant located at 5010 Brown Station Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 from 5pm-9pm. This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. We hope to see you there!

Sirius XM Radio Live: Skin Deep

Do you have Sirius XM Radio? If so, be sure to listen into the Skin Deep show on HUR Voices, channel 141,  on Tuesday, March 28th at 6:30 pm as our President, Cheryl Owens, and Ivy Community Charities of Prince George’s County, Inc. (ICC) Executive Director, Cheryl Petty Garnette, speak about our beloved sorority and the impact of ICC in our community.  Skin Deep, produced by our sister, Sharrarne Morton, is a show that scratches beneath the surface and brings listeners the power to make informed decisions about their physical, mental, and financial health and wellness. Skin Deep can also be found on all streaming platforms.

Stretch with Thee Belle Twins

Hello everyone! Let’s help you improve your health and recovery. Enjoy a 1hr stress free and muscle relaxing stretch session. We will help you improve your performance mentally and physically. Bring your family and friends! We aim to increase flexibility in your joints to relieve aches, pains, muscle stiffness/soreness, and strengthen the muscles to be less injury prone. Register on the ICC site

Youth Leadership Institute

Calling all youth ages 11-13! Join Iota Gamma Omega as we host our Youth Leadership Institute Night Out on Friday, February 24th from 6-7:30pm at Dave & Busters in Capitol Heights. This is an opportunity for youth to connect with other youth in a positive and fun environment. You must register to participate and receive the small allowance that will be given for games and activities. Please register! For more information email us at yli@igoaka.org.

ZumAKA My Heart Beat

Please join us as we start the new year with Zumba! Each session is $7! For those who attend all 8 sessions, your name will be placed in a drawing for a Coach purse! You can purchase a ticket for all 8 sessions by selecting any date.

chapter members in the Spotlight

We celebrate Kimberly Sellers as she was inducted as a 2023 Association for Women in Mathematics Class of Fellows on January 6, 2023! Read more about her accomplishment here.

We celebrate Winnie Shabazz as she is a 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Zeitgeist Award recipient! The Zeitgeist Award was started several years ago by the Black Student Union at Anne Arundel Community College and remains an important part of the celebratory events for the college’s annual breakfast. Each year, AACC invite nominations from employees and students at the college to recognize a deserving faculty or staff member’s exemplary work on campus and in the community to help support students of color and advance affirmative action, diversity, equity and inclusion.

Recipients will be honored at the 42nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast. This year’s theme is “We will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.”

Dr. Karen Cook Bell received the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society’s International Book Award for her book Running from Bondage: Enslaved Women and Their Remarkable Fight for Freedom in Revolutionary America (Cambridge University Press, 2021). Running from Bondage tells the compelling story of enslaved women who escaped slavery during the Revolutionary period in American history.  Dr. Cook Bell’s book was also a finalist for the Pauli Murray Book Prize for Best Book in African American Intellectual History.

Dianne Williams was inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame and received the special “GERI” award. The GERI Award is dedicated to honoring senior citizens of the State of Maryland who have made exemplary contributions to society. Also, the senior citizens of Maryland have the GERI, the geriatric “Nobel Prize” for extraordinary community service.

We congratulate Rosina Simmons for her election win as the Virginia Education Association President Elect District H, and Virginia Education Association Board of Directors newest member! Rosina begins her two year term August 1st. Her new district, District H, includes the Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Manassas City, and Manassas Park School Districts. 
 
 
 

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