Thank you for visiting the Burlington-Willingboro Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.’s website! In your exploration, we hope that you gain a wealth of information about our national organization and local chapter. Please feel free to come to our open community events and leave a message, if you have any questions and/or would like additional information.
Chapter History: The Burlington – Willingboro Chapter was conceived and established by our organizer and advisor, Mrs. Marie V. Akins, who for many years was a member of the South Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She envisioned a need and interest for establishing a chapter in this area. Through her efforts and concern for the young people of the Burlington-Willingboro area, this chapter was formed. The Burlington-Willingboro Chapter was founded on October 13, 1973. The South Jersey Chapter was the sponsoring chapter. 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, and just so happened to be from our region, 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-Willingboro Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. During that time, our chapter consisted of forty (40) mothers and their families.
For the past forty-four years, our chapter has been dedicated to establishing innovative activities for our children and communities to enjoy. Some of our chapter Community Services have been: Volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, Adopt-A-Family, participating in the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure, Christmas Caroling at local nursing homes, working with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization, making shelter Birthday Boxes, volunteering at SisterHood, Inc. and Tabernacle Baptist Church Food Bank.
A few of our Community Events have been: Our Children and Youth Tolerance and Leadership Development Conference, Mothers Helping Mothers, Carole Robertson Day 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 boasts more than 230 chapters nationwide, representing more than 40,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a national theme. Through service projects, Jack and Jill of America creates 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.
National Motto: Let’s Work, Let’s Play, Let’s Live Together
Please click on the below Quick Links to learn more about our organization. Thank you again, for visiting our website. Please come back again soon.
Tia Baxter, President
Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Burlington-Willingboro Chapter