It is mid-morning on a Saturday in the middle of July, and temperatures are already sweltering into the upper 90s, which in Texas is normal during a scorching summer, but as the sweat continues to roll down their heads, the men of the Epsilon Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. couldn’t be happier to be giving back to the community. The recipients of guidance and assistance on this lucky day, are the young men of the Everman Bulldogs of the Everman Youth Football Association, but, probably not in the traditional way that you may think. This mercilessly hot morning everyone is not on the gridiron, but on the concrete, washing cars and raising money, to make sure making it to the previous is possible. The Epsilon Alpha Graduate Chapter joined the Everman Youth Football Association as a co-sponsor, for a car washing fundraiser, in Forest Hill, TX on July 15th, 2017.
Brother Teddy Jones stated:
“I grew up in Fort Worth/Everman I was one of those neighborhood kids trying to play a game over at Clyde Pittman Park, on the playground over at one of the local schools, or in someone's backyard. There was never a problem finding enough kids — sometimes, we had a problem finding a ball. So, since, I became an adult I have always tried to give back. I've just wanted to make sure other kids had the chances I did. Football can't save every kid, but I want it to save as many as it can, and that’s why I wanted to volunteer my time today.”
This was the same sentiment that was echoed by other members of the Epsilon Alpha chapter, including Brother Frank Lawson, who immediately after drying 3 cars and waiting for another, stated:
“My parents moved us up here from a different part of the city to give us a better life, and I just wanted to help other kids in that same way. I give so much professionally as an educational administrator, but wanted to give back personally as well. It is what the true essence of Omega (Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.) is built on.”
Coordinator of the event Wayne Tolbert added:
"I'm a product of this system, and I believe in it, I'm grateful for the people who showed an interest in me, and I never get tired of the young men coming back to tell me that I had a positive impact on their life and it is my hope and goal that this group out here working today will come back and do the same years later, and not only feel that way about me, but also about the great leaders and men of Omega (Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.) serving out here as well.”