Making It Rain: The Raleigh-Wake Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Celebrates Community Rainmakers
Each year students in the Wake County area look forward to the end of the school year and toward summer vacation and summer camp. Summer camps are a great way for children and youth to grow into leaders by discovering new interests and enhancing or building new skills and friendships. Unfortunately, many families struggle financially and may not be able to afford summer camp fees.
The Raleigh Wake chapter of Jack and Jill of America devoted their annual jazz brunch fundraising efforts to this issue and raised $18,000 to fund summer camp scholarships for local children in need to attend YMCA Camp High Hopes in Southeast Raleigh and the Communities in Schools of Wake County Summer Smart Academy. For many students, these summer camp scholarships provide the only opportunity to stay engaged in positive enrichment activities throughout the summer.
This year the chapter launched fundraising campaigns directed toward the families and associates of the chapter, community members and businesses. The chapter also hosted a 5K run/walk event in November 2016 and a jazz brunch in April 2017. All of these efforts led to the chapter’s fundraising success in raising over $33,000 this year. Over $4400 in community gifts were awarded by the chapter to three community agencies aligned with the Jack and Jill mission: The Green Chair Project, The YMCA Clarence Lightner YMCA Y Achievers, and March of Dimes. The chapter also made a $11,000 contribution to the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The foundation invests in services, programs and organizations that focus on impacting the underlying issues affecting African American children and families.
Ronda Bazley Moore, chapter Fundraising Co-Chair, stated “The Raleigh-Wake chapter has a long and proud history of giving back to our community. This year, we have been able to double our impact by engaging over 160 mothers, fathers, associates, teens, children, community members and businesses in philanthropic giving.”
Thea Horton, chapter President, remarked “We set an ambitious fundraising goal for this year and I’m pleased to see our hard work and strategic planning has paid off. I look forward to our continued impact on our surrounding communities.”
For more information and for continued support of the chapter’s community and fundraising goals send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.