President’s Welcome Message
Welcome to the Burlington County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.’s website! We hope that you learn about our national organization, local chapter and community events and through the pages of our site, you are encouraged to get involved. We want to hear from you, please feel free to contact us with any questions, interests or new ideas.
About Our Chapter: The Burlington County Chapter, previously known as the Burlington-Willingboro Chapter, was conceived and established by our organizer and advisor, Mrs. Marie V. Akins, who was a member of the South Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for many years. Through her efforts and diligence, the Burlington County Chapter was founded on October 13, 1973. The installation was conducted at the Ft. Dix Officer’s Club in Ft. Dix, New Jersey. Dr. Perl Watson BosChulte, the Installing Officer, who was the current National President of Jack and Jill, honored the occasion. Mrs. LaRuth Steward served as our Interest Group President and Mrs. Edna Lewis was installed as the first President of the Burlington County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. During that time, our chapter consisted of forty (40) mothers and their families.
This year marks our chapter’s 45th anniversary and during this time, our mothers have been dedicated to serving this community, Burlington County, with unique programs that benefit the children. Highlights from our chapter Community Services include: Supporting and serving at the Ronald McDonald House, Adopt-A-Family, participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, working with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization, making and providing supplies and materials for homeless shelters via Birthday Boxes, back to school book bag drives as well as volunteering at SisterHood, Inc. and Tabernacle Baptist Church Food Bank.
The Burlington County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. has been involved with the community for 45 years. Some of the community events that our chapter sponsors annually or biennially are: A Children and Youth Tolerance and Leadership Development Conference, in honor of Carole Robertson, one of the 4 young girls slain in the Alabama church bombing, Mothers Helping Mothers and Black Family Day. Some of our Philanthropic Beneficiaries have been: Jack and Jill Foundation, Inc., SisterHood, Inc., Providence House, Youth Achievers, Tabernacle Baptist Church Food Bank, The Good Counsel Home and the March of Dimes.
National History: 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.
Today, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. boast more than 248 chapters nationwide, representing over 40,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a national theme. Through service projects, Jack and Jill of America create a medium of contact for children to stimulate their growth and development.
National Mission: 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. This mission has not changed since the founding of our organization, more than 80 years ago.
National Motto: Let’s Work, Let’s Play, Let’s Live Together
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Michelle Williford, President
Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Burlington County Chapter