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Published On 1/31/2024
Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Drafted Maryland General Assembly Bill Providing Re-entry Services for Formerly Incarcerated Women
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Published On 1/5/2024
Laurel, Md.—Psi Epsilon Omega (PEO) Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® (AKA)
has new leadership. President Karen S. Hicks takes the helm of the more than 600 member
organization that serves the communities of Laurel, Bowie, and Greenbelt, Maryland.
Hicks’ 40 years of experience includes finance, leadership, and management. She is an active
member of the Winston-Salem State University National Alumni Association where she has held
several local, regional, and national offices. Her 30 plus years of continuous sorority service at
the local and regional levels have prepared her for this role. Prior to her installation, Karen Hicks
held over 10 leadership positions in the sorority, including vice president, treasurer and
membership chairman,
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Published On 10/9/2023
WHO: Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter (PEO) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®

WHAT: “Civics 101” a free course to help community residents learn the basics of the democratic process and provide opportunities to get engaged.
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Published On 9/7/2023
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc (AKA)., Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter partnered alongside the National Action Network and the Drum Major Institute for the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington event at the steps of Lincoln Memorial held Aug. 26.
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Published On 7/5/2023
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorortiy Inc. Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter launched an online voter registration campaign in honor of Juneteenth.

The campaign, launched in partnership with nonpartisan and nonprofit organization When We All Vote, aims to encourage residents in and beyond the communities the sorority serves — Laurel, Bowie and Greenbelt — to participate in elections at the local, state and federal level.
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Published On 7/5/2023
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorortiy Inc. Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter launched an online voter registration campaign in honor of Juneteenth.

The campaign, launched in partnership with nonpartisan and nonprofit organization When We All Vote, aims to encourage residents in and beyond the communities the sorority serves — Laurel, Bowie and Greenbelt — to participate in elections at the local, state and federal level.
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Published On 5/29/2023
— In partnership with Pearl Elegance Foundation, Inc. (PEF), Psi
Epsilon Omega Chapter (PEO) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® (AKA) is addressing mental
health issues for families in Prince George’s County during Mental Health Awareness Month.
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Published On 5/29/2023
Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Supports Greenbelt Residents with Community Donations In partnership with Pearl Elegance Foundation, Inc. (PEF), Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter (PEO) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® (AKA) is addressing mental health and self-care issues for women in minority communities.
On Saturday, May 20, PEO hosted a forum, “Pink Table Green Talk”, focusing on self-care matters for women. The discussion was centered around the theme “I am My Sisters’ Keeper” and highlighted various topics, including women's empowerment, mental health and wellness, spirituality, and balancing life while remaining true to oneself. Participants brought feminine products to donate in support of the City of Greenbelt’s Pink Pantry initiative.
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Published On 4/17/2023
si Epsilon Omega Chapter (PEO) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) is partnering with Touch4Life, Inc. to address the issue of environmental inequality in minority communities.

“This Earth Day we are demonstrating ways to improve and protect the environment as well as promote equal access to clean air, water, food, and green spaces in minority communities,” said Benita A. Swindell, PEO president. “We hope our members will discover ways to improve and safeguard the environment through our Growing Green initiative.”

In partnership with Touch4Life, Inc., sorority members can make a lasting commitment by signing the Grow One, Give One (GOGO) pledge to harvest produce in their backyard and donate half of their harvest to a woman with metastatic breast cancer. By growing a home garden and donating the harvest from one plant to a person in need, a meaningful difference can be made in someone's life.
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Published On 4/17/2023
- The Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter (PEO) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
(AKA) and the Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter (PGCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Incorporated (DST) remain United For the Fight© to combat Human Trafficking in Prince George’s
County. As part of this initiative the two sororities are hosting FREE human trafficking awareness online
seminars (webinars).
The third webinar in the series, Human Trafficking 301- Protecting Children, will take place April 19,
2023, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. via Zoom. This webinar will provide awareness to residents of Prince
George’s County of services available for victims of human trafficking, with a focus on youth services.
Confirmed panelists include:
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Published On 3/20/2023
Prince George’s County, Md.— Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter (PEO) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® (AKA) receives six prestigious awards at the 92nd North Atlantic Regional Conference (NARC) held in Philadelphia, PA. on March 9-12, 2023.
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Published On 3/16/2023
Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Join Members from Around the State to Advocate for Local Communities
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Published On 1/23/2023
Prince George’s County, Md. - The Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter (PEO) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Inc. (AKA) and the Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter (PCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Incorporated (DST) have joined together on an important initiative to combat Human Trafficking in
Prince George’s County. These two historic organizations have committed to be “United for the Fight” to
help end human trafficking in Prince George’s County. As part of this initiative the two sororities will
host three FREE human trafficking awareness online seminars (webinars). The first webinar in the
Human Trafficking awareness series was held virtually on September 21, 2022 with over 250 attendees.
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Published On 12/19/2022
Prince George’s County, Md.—Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter (PEO) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® (AKA) is launching its Youth Leadership Institute (YLI), the signature program of service under the sorority's "Empower Our Families" initiative.
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Published On 11/21/2022
Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®
supports Laurel families with Thanksgiving food donations from community garden
Seeds that were planted this summer will help families in need during this holiday season. Psi Epsilon
Omega (PEO) Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) will be donating fresh produce
items to Elizabeth House, a nonprofit all-volunteer food pantry and soup kitchen in Laurel.
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Published On 9/13/2022
Prince George’s County, Md. September 8, 2022 - The Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (AKA) and the Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc (DST) have joined together on an important initiative to combat Human Trafficking in Prince George’s County. These two historic organizations have committed to be “United for the Fight” to help end human trafficking in Prince George’s County. As part of this initiative the two sororities will host three FREE human trafficking awareness online seminars (webinars). The first webinar, Human Trafficking 101, will take place September 21, 2022, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. via Zoom.
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Published On 4/27/2022
Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter (PEO) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® (AKA) receives prestigious awards at the 91st North Atlantic Regional Conference (NARC) held in Baltimore, Md. on April 21-24, 2022.
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Published On 3/9/2022
Running a business is not an easy task for most adults, so imagine being a 17-year-old business owner. Thanks to Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter (PEO) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® and Pearl Elegance Foundation, Inc. (PEF) a teen entrepreneur gets a financial boost for her business.
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Published On 1/26/2022
Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter Celebrates the King Holiday with Community Service Event January 2022
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Published On 12/10/2021
Barbies, board games, and basketballs are just a sprinkling of the toys collected by
members of Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter (PEO) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® in partnership with
the Pearl Elegance Foundation (PEF), for its adopted school, Oaklands Elementary School on Sat., Dec. 4.
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Published On 7/5/2021
Prince George's County, Md.— Psi Epsilon Omega (PEO) Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. launches its “1908 Potato Harvest Gardening” project. Members of the sorority are planting potatoes this summer that will be harvested in the fall and given to county families in need.
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Published On 4/29/2021
Prince George’s County Sorority Chapter Donates Thousands of Personal Protective Equipment Items to Laurel Elementary School
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Published On 3/9/2021
“It is an honor to win these two very competitive awards that highlight our chapter’s community service
in Laurel, Bowie, and Greenbelt,” said Benita A. Swindell, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Psi
Epsilon Omega Chapter President. “Despite being a pandemic and having to execute nearly all of our
programs virtually, we continued to serve the community.”
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Published On 12/30/2020
News Links - Spotlighting the work of PEO
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Published On 12/21/2020
Laurel, Md.—Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter (PEO) of AKA is helping its members stretch their dollars and become money smart by launching an investment club. The newly formed Ivy Investment Club (IIC) is comprised of 27 partners who are eager to learn more about participating in the stock market and using other investment vehicles to accumulate wealth.
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Published On 10/11/2020
Prince Georges, County, Md.— The Pearl Elegance Foundation (PEF) in partnership with Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter (PEO) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., successfully executed its first-ever Matching Campaign fundraiser, raising more than $17,000 in less than 30 days. PEF was established in 2014 and is the charitable arm of Psi Epsilon Omega chapter of AKA sorority.



“Due to COVID-19 the scheduled fundraising activities for our foundation had to come to a halt; but, we were concerned that many of the Maryland families, seniors, and students who rely on our support would suffer,” said Benita Swindell, PEF President. “Thanks to a generous major donor we were able to launch our matching campaign. Our PEF Board of Directors and members quickly went into action virtually and the community responded in a big way.”
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PSI EPSILON OMEGA CHAPTER OF ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INCORPORATED® AMPS UP VOTER ENGAGEMENT EFFORTS IN LAUREL, BOWIE, AND GREENBELT
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Published On 6/29/2020
Prince George's County Post - PEO Supports Black Owned Businesses
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Published On 6/18/2020
Prince George’s County, MD--Psi Epsilon Omega (PEO) Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA), Incorporated® in Prince George’s County, Md. has provided more than $15,000 to 70 Black-owned businesses from Jan.- May 2020 in support of African-American entrepreneurs. Health and wellness providers, restaurants, plumbers, and clothing retailers, are just a few of the Black owned businesses supported by Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

“As the first Black female Greek organization, our sorority has always supported the Black community. Despite this initiative being launched prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are thrilled that we were able to “intentionally” support African-American entrepreneurs during a time when businesses were required to close or reduce their services due to the coronavirus,”said Benita Swindell, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter President.

Psi Epsilon Omega along with other AKA chapters, are tracki
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Published On 3/27/2020
Maryland Chapter of International Sorority Receives Prestigious Community Service Awards
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