Inaugural Festival in Clarkston to Provide Resources and Support for New Americans –

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A local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority is expanding the sorority’s mission to help empower families around the world by hosting a new event in Clarkston.

The Lambda Epsilon Omega Chapter’s Forever Pink Foundation will host the inaugural 2022 New Americans Festival on August 20. , local doctors and health organizations to provide health screenings, vaccinations, educational and wellness resources,” according to organizers.

Officials said the festival will also address food insecurity in DeKalb County and help attendees enroll in the Childhood Hunger Initiative Power Pack (CHIPP), an Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority program that provides weekend meals. end and holidays to children in local communities.

International food tastings, cultural enrichment activities, craft activities for children, voter registration and entertainment will also be part of the family-friendly event, according to a press release.

“The idea behind the New Americans Festival is to provide essential support to refugee families from around the world and help them become new Americans in our community and vital contributors to our society,” said Lambda President. Epsilon Omega. Ya Tonya Cody Oliver.

Organizers said they chose Clarkston for the festival because of the town’s reputation for welcoming refugees.

“Often the resources to help are there, however, transportation issues, language barriers and fear of deportation can be obstacles for those in need,” said Dr. Felicia Pierre “We have collaborated to bring all of these resources together under one roof. Mayor beverly burks and the City of Clarkston helped with DeKalb County resources and was instrumental in providing access to new American communities in Clarkston. They provided an essential knowledge base and provided the essential support required for the festival so that we could enter the community and be effective.

Organizers said they hope the festival will become an annual event in Clarkston and the sorority’s first step in providing ongoing and lasting support in the area.

“We hope to deepen our relationship with the Clarkston community and the City of Clarkston so that we can mobilize resources to meet their ongoing needs,” said Lambda Vice President Epsilon Omega. Qualena Odom-Royes. “Our chapter provides year-round support to the DeKalb County community and has established school pantries to help address childhood hunger; stocked clothes closets to provide clothes and other essentials to the needy; and sponsored numerous drives for back-to-school supplies, holiday angel trees and more to support DeKalb County families.

The New Americans Festival is a free event that will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Ave.

For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com and search for “New Americans Festival”.

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