The Burlington-Willingboro Mother’s Program was conceived and established by our organizer and advisor, Mrs. Marie Akins, who for many years was a member of the South Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill. 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.
Burlington-Willingboro Mother’s Program was founded in October of 1973. The South Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill was the sponsoring Chapter for the Burlington-Willingboro Mother’s Program. The installation was conducted at the Ft. Dix Officer’s Program in Ft. Dix, New Jersey. Dr. Pearl 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 Stewart 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.
During its history of more than 40 years, the Burlington-Willingboro Chapter has provided continuous service to the residents of the local Burlington County, New Jersey communities, and Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Our programming has included educational, civic, recreational, social and cultural activities to stimulate the growth and development of our children, and fun and innovative fundraisers such as a wine tasting and art show at a local winery and galas, to benefit Burlington county community organizations that serve women, children and families. We have also sponsored community events such as its annual seat belt safety program and biennial Children and Youth Tolerance Conference in honor of slain “Jill” Carole Robertson, one of four little girls slain in the senseless bombing of a Birmingham Alabama church during the turbulent civil rights era. In addition, the chapter contributed annually to the Wesley Morris Appreciation Day and Dinner for the Fire, Police and Emergency Squad in Willingboro, New Jersey. The organizations that have benefited from our philanthropic efforts include various initiatives such as the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc., Dudley House, Providence House, Crossroads, The Children’s Home of Mount Holly, Sisterhood Inc., Tabernacle Baptist Church Food Bank, Youth Achievers, Inc., and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Additionally, we host an annual Black Family Day Celebration for the community including a seat-belt safety checkpoint, child identification services, a fire safety demonstration and other valuable information and for our National Day of Fitness partner with Big Brothers and Sisters for its Bowl for Kids’ Sake.
To learn more about Jack & Jill of America, please visit our national website at: www.jackandjillinc.org