Barrett Chambers, Project Manager
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.