CJA Supports Breast Cancer Survivors

According to the American Cancer Society, while White women are more likely to get breast cancer, Black women are most likely to die from it.   On Saturday, October 6, 2018, Sorors of Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter (“CJA”) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., walked and ran in the Sister 2 Sister 5K Walk/Run 4 Life event to help change that statistic.  CJA’s participation in this event was led by its Physical/Mental Health, P-13 and Social Action committees.  Sister 2 Sister is a local non-profit organization supporting minority and underserved community breast cancer survivors in the Central Jersey area.  It provides breast health education, referral and resource information, as well as financial assistance to women facing financial challenges during chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Sister 2 Sister registered 457 people and hosted 36 teams of supporters, including Team CJA. Team CJA donated $2,470, approximately 10% of Sister 2 Sister’s total donations, and registered 45 sorors to walk/run, which accounted for $1,425 in registration fees.

The event was highlighted by CJA’s acceptance of the second place trophy for the most contributions by a non-profit team.  CJA was also awarded first place recognition for the largest participation by a Greek-letter Organization.

CJA had a strong presence at the event and even lead a portion of the 5K cool-down routine.  Sorors got a chance to strut their stuff on stage!  Sorors from age 30 to 70+ participated.  It was a great bonding experience, as well as an excellent way for Sorors to exercise with each other.  A great time was had by all and much needed funds were raised for a very worthy cause.

Huge Success for CJA’s Getting Ready for College Workshop

Even a Fall Nor’easter could not stop over 90 participants (47 parents, 43 students) and 20 Sorority members from attending Central Jersey Alumnae’s Getting Ready for College Workshop on October 27, 2018. The event was held at Franklin Middle School in Franklin Township, NJ and consisted of workshops to prepare students and parents for the college admissions process and first year.

Over the past 3 years, CJA’s Education Committee, under the leadership of Sorors Michelle Fielder and Brenda Edwards-Miller, has presented programs consisting of informative workshops focused on college preparation and career exploration. With attendance tripling each year, the committee yielded 156 registrants this year alone! Imagine the turnout had it been a sunny day. Lots of hard work and planning was required to present the following six workshops:

   Students:

  • S1 - First Year Experience - Cheryll Willis
  • S2 - Effective Essays for College Applications and Scholarships - Schuyler Van Amson
  • S3 - Online Scholarship Session (Students) - Shar-Mekka Pernell

   Parents:

  • P1 - First Year Parent Experience - LaToya Brown-Battle
  • P2 - Providing Emotional Support for Your Scholar - Jennifer Durham
  • P3 - College Finance and Financial Aid - Dana Martin

Session evaluations were filled with the following types of student comments:

  • “I learned the correct structure of college app essay.
  • “I learned about the NJ Rising Stars program where I can go to Community College for free for 2 years.”
  • “I learned a lot about scholarship websites.”

Parents were also impressed and expressed their satisfaction with comments.

  • I learned to include the scholar in the admissions process to ensure ownership.”
  • I learned a step by step application process and best ways to find aid.”
  • Finally, one parent summed it all up with “I learned how parents and students can work together for a common goal.”

Students and parents shared topics of interest for future workshops, particularly understanding college life, HBCUs and the first-year transition. The committee hopes to address these and other interests in subsequent workshops.

Many CJA members showed up to lend a hand the day of the program. The Education Committee would like to thank all the Sorors for another wonderful Educational Development event.

Sorors sorting through clothes at clothes drive

Divine 9 Food and Clothing Drive

On a crisp and cool morning, CJA was on the move!

Saturday, October 20 2018- Central Jersey Alumnae chapter participated in the Divine 9 Food and Clothing Drive in conjunction with the Nu Xi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.

This event was held at the Stop and Shop on Easton Avenue in Somerset. Each affiliate chapter of the National Panhellenic Council of Central New Jersey (NPHCCJ) donated gently used clothes, non-perishable food items, paper products and grocery store gift cards. These items help support the Cathedral Community Development Corporation/Mercy House.

Mercy House provides dry food goods, clothing and referral assistance for all who are in need regardless of race, age or income status.

The Divine 9 Coat Drive gives annual support to Somerset and Middlesex Counties in New Jersey. These counties have reported an uptick of those in need of basic services. For more information on this event or to support Mercy House, Please contact: fsanders@nuxiomega.org.