Members of Birmingham’s Phi Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated served supper on Sunday, January 18, to dozens of disabled and challenged veterans. The event was held at the Shields Conference Center. Veterans in attendance were also able to get financial management, and housing assistance. America’s Sunday Supper and “The Freedom Budget”, a Financial Literacy Education Event, were part of the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend of service.
The program and dinner, held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. was co-sponsored with Hands On Birmingham. Chapter President, Mrs. Sophia Miller, welcomed the group and stated, “This year’s theme, taken from one of Dr. King’s speeches on economic empowerment, also embraces one of the sorority’s local and national initiatives to help increase understanding of budgeting, home ownership, and basic financial planning. This type of event is an example that helps to guide us in addressing critical needs of today.” She closed by thanking Hands on Birmingham for allowing Phi Iota Omega to hold hands with them for the event, and thanked the guests for giving the chapter the opportunity to serve them.
Phi Iota Omega has participated in the Martin Luther King Day of service since 2008. Later, the chapter partnered with Hands on Birmingham to have its first Sunday Supper that focused on dialogue covering many current topics and providing a meal at the same time.