Theta Phi Omega Chapter History
The concept of forming a local graduate chapter originated with Sorors Blanche Anderson, Carolyn Britton, and Elizabeth Carter. This concept was brought to fruition because of the connection Soror Marilyn L. Green Erwin had with North Atlantic Regional Director, Soror Esther Pollard — Soror Marilyn L. Green Erwin’s graduate advisor at Howard University.
January 23, 1967 a letter was sent to Soror Esther Pollard, North Atlantic Regional Director, concerning the formation of an Alpha Kappa Alpha interest group in the Plainfield area.
On October 10, 1967, Soror Pollard granted permission to officially have an interest group. The first meeting of this group was November 19, 1967. Forty interested sorors attended.
The group continued to meet until the granting of the charter at a luncheon and chartering ceremony Saturday, December 14, 1968, at the Howard Johnson, Route 22, North Plainfield, NJ by the North Atlantic Regional Director, Soror Esther Pollard of Washington, DC. The charter was received by the Basileus – elect Soror Barbara J. Wolfe. The group is officially known as Theta Phi Omega Chapter.
Alpha Kappa Alpha focuses on five major concerns — education, health, economics, the black family, and the arts. In line with the national goals of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Theta Phi Omega chapter, is dedicated to service with the Plainfield area. Over the years, the chapter has donated over $100,000 in scholarships, provided service to countless members of the community who are less fortunate, participated in health-care projects, provided means for young students to attend cultural events, and provided workshops for economic empowerment.