AFG Employees Give Back to the Community
AFG is thankful for all the great work our employees do, not only on the job, but within their communities. For Giving Tuesday 2019, we are highlighting two employees who chose to be leaders and advocates for great causes.
What is Giving Tuesday? A global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on December 3 and every day.
Let’s start from the beginning:
Which organization do you volunteer at
the most and what is its mission?
Young: I volunteer two days a week for the Literacy Volunteers of America-Prince William County. I help with a group conversation class and I have a one on one student I tutor weekly from Sierra Leonne.
MISSION: The literacy volunteer mission is to help as many people as they can in learning English and skills to be able to function in our country. This includes helping with GED, Citizenship classes, job skills, and conversation classes. They also do one-on-one tutoring for those that request it.
I also volunteer with the American Red Cross as a disaster team mmember along with some other opportunities that they have.
Chambers: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. - I am currently a member of the Pi Upsilon Lambda Chapter Located in Largo, Maryland (Prince Georges County).
MISSION: The Mission of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is to develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities.
How did you first get involved?
Young: One of my girls that I coach, her mom told me about it [LVA-PW]. She thought I would enjoy doing it, so I signed up.
I joined the Red cross when I was living in Japan, back in 1995. I was a CPR and babysitting instructor along with volunteering with the blood drives. Since returning to the states I joined the disaster team and respond to calls when needed. Calls vary from house/apt fires to sheltering in place. I also volunteer at special events when available. My ultimate goal is to be able to go the next time there is a need on a deployment. I missed my opportunity a couple of years ago when I got sick, so was not able to Puerto Rico to help with that disaster.
Chambers: I was initiated as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha on January 16, 1999, at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore
What does it mean to YOU to be a part of that organization?
Young: It is a very rewarding experiencing and I am glad to be a part of both of these organization. I have met a lot of wonderful people with the heart to serve and help where needed.
Chambers: Being a member of Alpha Phi Alpha means that I am part of something that is bigger than me. It means that I have a legacy of past members like Dr. Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall, Hubert Humphrey, and Fredrick Douglass to strive to carry on. Daily I continue to uphold the organizations aims of Manly Deeds, Scholarship and Love for All Mankind in everything that I do.
What does it mean to you that AFG is supportive of your efforts?
Young: It means a lot to me that AFG supports my volunteer work.
Chambers: Alpha Phi Alpha and the works that the Fraternity continues to do in countless communities throughout the world through Special Initiatives, National Programs and Alpha Foundations is a special part of who I am and what matters to me as a person. It meant a lot to me that AFG took a supportive interest in the Pi Upsilon Lambda (PUL) Charitable Foundation in sponsoring the Charity Golf Tournament to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Foundation and raise monies for the Scholarship Fund. Thanks to the help of AFG and other sponsors like Chick Fil-A, SKC Early Education Center, and all of the other golf patrons the PUL Charitable Foundation will continue providing more scholarships to PG County graduating High School seniors.
What do you think it means to the people within the organization/
who the organization benefits?
Young: I know the organizations I volunteer for appreciate my efforts and time that I commit. It is a very rewarding experience being able to help those in need. So that is where my passion lives!
Chambers: The Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Pi Upsilon Lambda Charitable Foundation were extremely thankful for AFG’s support to the needs of the youth in our community.
Do you have a special experience that you would like to share?
Young: All the tears, hugs and gratitude received from those that I have helped over the last several years and knowing I helped someone when they thought there was no hope. Something I learned, despite all the bad things going on in our world there are still some good people out here, who like me have a compassion to help others. To be supportive of those who are going thru something where they feel no hope we can bring some hope and peace to them.
Chambers: One of my fondest memories was back at UMES as one of our first community service projects when we were requested to perform a Step Show for some Elementary School kids. Well half way through the performance we noticed that the kids looked really bored. We stopped the show and decided to teach the kids to step instead. At the time we thought it was just something to keep them from being board and to help pass the time. When we left we were kind of down because we wished we could have done more for the kids. But to our surprise they really enjoyed it to the point they kept practicing and used what we taught them in their schools spring talent show. It was a good lesion because we learned that you never know what just how big of an impact you will make by just showing someone you care.