About Jack and Jill of America
The late Marion Stubbs Thomas founded Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, on January 24, 1938, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Twenty mothers came together to discuss creating an organization to provide social, cultural and educational opportunities for youth between the ages of 2 and 19. In 1946, 10 chapters were involved in the national restructuring process. The constitution and bylaws were drawn up, and the organization was incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware.
Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2 – 19, dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.
Today, Jack and Jill boasts more than 230 chapters nationwide, representing more than 40,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a national theme.
Why is Jack and Jill important to him (the Senator) as a father?
- “To us as mothers, [Jack and Jill] has become a means of furthering an inherent and natural desire …to bestow upon our children all the opportunities possible for a normal and graceful approach to a beautiful adulthood.” – Marion Stubbs Thomas
As a former Jack and Jill Dad and a current Jack and Jill Grandad, I know the importance of providing our children with meaningful activities that enhance their lives and the lives of others. Jack and Jill provides well organized programs and opportunities on the local, regional and national levels. All programming is dedicated to nurturing future leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. It was a very rewarding experience for my children and we share the excitement of what lies ahead for our future generations.
Why is he campaigning for the Augusta Chapter Jack & Jill?
I am campaigning for Jack and Jill because this chapter has clearly dedicated itself to the ideals and mission of the organization. For over 40 years, families have come together to demonstrate to our children and the entire community that they have the power to make a difference. Jack and Jill is making a difference in this community as they work to foster relationships with organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club and the Sickle Cell Foundation and so many others. The lessons to the children are invaluable and the service to the community is unmatched.
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