Local fraternity, mayor take part in Fairburn Road cleanup initiative

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Men of the Tri-Mu and Kappa Kappa Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and Mayor Rochelle Robinson pose for a picture after the Fairburn Road cleanup.

The Tri-Mu Douglasville alumni chapter, and the University of West Georgia Kappa Kappa chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. came together last Saturday for a community service project on Fairburn Road.

Tri Mu hosts a road cleanup on the first Saturday of every month. Their recent event took place on Oct. 1.

The Mu Mu Mu chapter, also known as Tri-Mu was chartered in 2010, and has been serving the community through various efforts since their charter began.

According to Torrence Barnum, the current chapter President for Tri-Mu, the chapter has been hosting the monthly cleanups for five years. Barnum said the chapter wanted to create a routine service project that the chapter

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could participate in alongside community leaders and citizens. It was in that spirit that the road cleanup began in 2011.

The road cleanup is open to any citizens who wish to participate. Barnum said, "It's about getting to know the people in the community that you serve. The purpose of our chapter is to provide service and uplift."

Douglasville Mayor Rochelle Robinson was in attendance for the October cleanup. Barnum said that Mayor Robinson has participated in many of their projects before.

Some of the other initiatives supported by the chapter are the food bank at St. James AME church, volunteering at the local retirement homes, mentorship program at Stewart Middle School, and their scholarship program.

Each year the chapter gives five scholarships to deserving seniors from the Villa Rica, Carrollton, Lithia Springs, and Douglasville areas in the amount of $1,000. Barnum said that any money collected at their events goes towards the scholarship initiatives.

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