Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is a predominantly African American fraternity, which was founded at Indiana University on January 5, 1911. The purpose of Kappa Alpha Psi is achievement in every field of human endeavor. The Fraternity has chartered undergraduate and alumni chapters nationally and internationally. Poughkeepsie Alumni Chapter was chartered in 1968. The men in the chapter have excelled on many levels of human endeavor- business owners, attorneys, C Suite Executives, secondary and college level educators, government officials and more. The chapter has consistently worked, over the last 55 years, to improve the quality of life of low-income families in Poughkeepsie, NY and Danbury, Connecticut.
The chapter has provided career seminars, scholarships for high school seniors from low-income families, annually provided turkeys (and other foods) to ensure that an average of 150 low-income families enjoy wonderful thanksgiving dinners, sponsored dinners in soup kitchens for the homeless, sponsored annual Christmas parties for the children of low-income families and more. In addition, the chapter has collaborated with local groups to register hundreds of citizens to vote. Our current Polemarch (President), Brother Barrington Atkins, is in his third term as a member of the Dutchess County Legislature, as well as President of the local Chapter of the NAACP.
Brother Polemarch Atkins said, “I have been blessed to serve my community in several special ways. I have served as a social worker, Adjunct Professor at Marist College, Assistant Principal in local high schools, County Legislator, and President of the local chapter of the NAACP. I submit that serving as Polemarch the Poughkeepsie Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc., leading leaders dedicated to excellence on every level, is my highest honor. The Brothers have done extraordinary community work in the last 55 years. I am excited about continuing that work and expanding it to new levels.”
Brother Tim Hopkins, President of Beyond the Dream Foundations, the not for profit of the Poughkeepsie Alumni Chapter, posited, “Like Brother Polemarch Atkins, I am very busy running my own business, Trustee of my church and other community commitments. It is with great pleasure that I lead this foundation to fund some of the most meaningful and caring events in our community. I also look forward to expanding and providing much more to improve the quality of life of the underprivileged. Please help us continue to help the underprivileged in our community, by making a tax-free donation to the Beyond the Dream Foundation. Please use this link: https://www.beyondthedreamfoundation.net/donate