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Positive growth through community service
Updated: February 14, 2013 at 5:14 pm
Greetings, from the respectful women of Chi Psi Omega Fraternity, Inc.! An organization that, while still very young, has begun to turn up the heat in the LGBTQ community. Born on June 25, 2011, by four distinct women — Roberta Kerr, Melinda Dixon, Samantha Mercer and Diana Nutter — Chi Psi Omega is a positive space for dominant lesbian women to promote equality and awareness in the LGBTQ community. Since establishment, the organization prides itself on community service outreach.
The organization’s One Community Cares project began in 2011 and progressed into a community-wide effort to assist the area homeless by collecting and distributing toiletries and non-perishable foods to the homeless. Over 300 care packages were distributed through Crisis Assistance Ministry Free Store and the Men’s Shelter to the city’s homeless community during the project. The care packages included socks, gloves, lotion, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush/paste, soap and other hygiene-related products. The gratitude on the faces of the people at each of these locations is unexplainable. The experience shared was life-changing and concluded 2012 on an extremely high note.
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“I am honored to be a part of an organization that not only embraces each other, but embraces the community with the same level of honor. This organization provides an opportunity for dominant lesbian women to better themselves, inside and out! I am a Chi Psi Omega woman, and will be until I die.”
— Kisha Fox
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Chi Psi Omega also adopted Hamilton St. and neighboring streets located in the NC Music Factory area. Each quarter, those streets are cleaned as part of the Keep Charlotte Beautiful initiative. Every third Sunday of the month we present Spoken Word Sunday in the private room of Wet Willie’s. This is a monthly fundraiser hosted as an open mic to allow the community to come out and share their talents. The organization’s Back to School drive starts every year around May and runs through August. This is a time where school supplies are collected; funds are raised through car washes.
Last June, the organization began quarterly community forums at the LGBT Community Center. The forums are the organization’s gift back to community because they are free to attend and local professionals are brought in to form the panel to discuss various topics of concern to the LGBTQ community. Past forums consisted of topics ranging from safe sex to domestic violence. In September of 2012, Chi Psi Omega was honored to be a part of the Democratic National Convention by sponsoring qnotes’ coverage of this historic event for Charlotte.
Chi Psi Omega is also growing! Our membership has more than doubled since incorporation. The first membership line, The New Edition, crossed in the Spring of 2012 bringing Tania Cox, Christina Whitner and Devon Copeland into an incredible movement. In December 2012, two new women were added to Chi Psi Omega Fraternity, Inc.’s journey to bridge gaps in society and within the LGBTQ community itself. Kisha Fox and Nicole Grier became the Dynamic Duo, adding to the elite group of women who are changing the meaning of service within the LGBTQ community and abroad.
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“I joined Chi Psi Omega Fraternity to be apart of a movement that is changing the LGBTQ community as a whole. These women have taught me the importance of self and the importance of sharing with others that are less fortunate. I am most humbled to represent these meaningful colors of green and yellow.”
— Nicole Grier
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This year, Chi Psi Omega will host its annual I Am You Campaign beginning in March. I Am You is an anti-bullying campaign which runs until the end of the school year and brings awareness of the impact of bullying through assemblies at local schools. Assemblies consist of a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer and a licensed therapist teaching children the importance of bullying awareness and prevention. Last year, Kennedy Charter Schools hosted the I Am You Campaign. The campaign was such a success that Kennedy Charter began an in-house anti-bullying program after the school recognized the need. Chi Psi Omega Fraternity, Inc. is currently seeking other schools with a need for this program to mentor students on bullying to host the I Am You Campaign.
Please, visit our website, chipsiomega fraternity.org, for more information on the organization or to apply for membership. : :
— Kisha Fox, a native of Charlotte, and Nicole Grier, a native of Nashville, Tenn., are members of Chi Psi Omega Fraternity, Inc. Grier graduated from Independence High School in 1994 and is currently enrolled at Central Piedmont Community College studying business. She is the owner of SMOKN-G’s Catering and Event Planning Services. Fox graduated high school in 2000 and attended the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where she studied kinesiology and interdisciplinary health studies.
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