South Miami-Dade Alphas honor MLK through community restoration project

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity members Mario Lewis, Vernon Smith, Bryan Jones and youth participants pose for a picture outside the residence the chapter painted.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity members Mario Lewis, Vernon Smith, Bryan Jones and youth participants pose for a picture outside the residence the chapter painted.

The Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity participated in the fourth annual SoMi Lights MLK Service Day Project. Over 100 volunteers took part in the event hosted Jan. 18 by Branches South Miami to revitalize four homes in the community, perform the landscaping of a children’s playground, and build two butterfly gardens at and near the Branches satellite location.

Volunteers were assigned to teams to paint, perform general home maintenance, housing restoration, and manicure property lawns within the community. Alpha brothers adopted the task of repainting the home of an ill resident in the neighborhood.

The event was sponsored by Gem Water, AmeriCorps and Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church.

Branches is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate community members on opportunities that can improve their social condition. For over 40 years, Branches has worked as a vehicle to advocate and tackle social injustices on behalf of disadvantage citizens.

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