Jack and Jill of America, Inc Flint Chapter History
The prominent non-profit organization Jack and Jill of America made it’s
presence known in Flint, Michigan on July 15, 1960. The first Officers for the Flint Chapter of Jack and Jill were installed by the National Treasurer of the organization, Margaret Simms, of St. Louis, Mo. The Flint Chapter had the honor of being the first installed after the National Convention held in Boston, Mass. The objective of Jack and Jill is to create a medium of contact for children; provide constructive educational, recreational and social programs for our children.
The Flint Chapter of Jack and Jill currently has 15 children between the ages of 4 to 19. The Chapter has broadened its’ scope over the past 2-3 years to
include more Community based projects. The Chapter has planted flowers
at area Senior Citizen homes and Downtown Flint. The chapter has volunteered
for the Salvation Army, Genesys Hospice Center, Michigan Aids Walk and Crim Festival of Races. Our Chapter has donated items to the Beecher Area Schools and Flint Area Schools. Our teens and Fathers Auxiliary have volunteered at the
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and the North End Soup Kitchen. The Chapter’s fundraising efforts continue to provide Scholarships to deserving high school graduates. The Flint Chapter has successfully hosted scholarship fundraisers including an Old School Dance, Formal “Snowball Swirl” and a Brunch/Silent Auction.
In addition to community outreach, the Chapter focuses on other activities that teach our children about our rich African American history and legacy. Some activities for the elementary youth include Kwanzaa gift making, Christmas caroling and age group specific activities. The teens will be attending the African American College/Heritage Tour again.
They will continue to focus on community outreach, leadership and cultural activities.
In the 2012- 13 Program Year the Flint Chapter will continue to focus on community outreach and the Jack and Jill National Thrusts – Aim for healthy living, Youth Leadership Development and Financial Literacy with our workshops that are planned this program year with the support of our Fathers Auxilary and the community. The Flint Chapter will partner with the Michigan centers of excellence to help guide our children carry out the National Thrusts.
The Jack and Jill Fathers Auxiliary plans to assist in engaging activities for the 2012/2013 Program Year. They will be hosting a number of activities to help
the Flint Chapter empower our youth and service our community. The Chapter has embraced the National Theme –”Power & Potential: Parents Empowering Youth through Leadership Development, Cultural Heritage and Community Service.”