Thank you for visiting the website of the Montgomery County Maryland Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., the oldest and largest African American family organization in the United States. The Chapter was chartered in 1962 by the late Henrietta B. Franklin, a Montgomery County Maryland educator. Over the years, it has become an integral part of the Montgomery County community, exposing children to educational and cultural opportunities, extolling the importance of community service, and helping them develop leadership skills and life-long friendships.
Nurturing our Children: We firmly believe that any child, with proper guidance and opportunity, can be a leader. Therefore, our efforts are geared towards developing the next generation of leaders to serve our community on the local, state and national level, professionally, politically, and socially. Our Chapter’s motto is, “It’s All About the Children,” and this pledge permeates our programming. Children, ages 2 to 19, are divided into six groups. Every month, each group gets together for social, educational, recreational and community service activities.
Engaging our Mothers. Chapter Mothers meet six times during the school year to conduct chapter business and organize activities for Chapter families and friends, including a ‘Jack and Jill Day’ picnic and an annual Family Thanksgiving Dinner & Children’s Talent Showcase. In our ongoing efforts to promote literacy in the county, we are hosting the 4th Annual Community Spelling Bee on February 23, 2013.
Serving Our Community. When it comes to encouraging our children to volunteer in the community, Chapter Mothers lead by example. We have donated boxes of housewarming gifts to Aunt Hattie’s Place a foster home for boys in Sandy Spring, Md. We have conducted a food drive for the Manna Food Center’s Snacks Program, conducted a Bone Marrow Donation drive, organized a workshop for middle and high school students on Human Trafficking, and participated in a Poverty Dinner with Habitat for Humanity. The proceeds from our "50th Anniversary Golden Gala State Dinner" fundraising event will support First Book - Montgomery County and the Smithsonian's' National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Legislative Programming. We promote legislation that fosters adequate health-care for all children; quality education for children of all socio-economic status; equitable and impartial juvenile justice adjudication; and redressing environmental burdens. Our chapter’s legislative activities have included: visiting elected representatives in Annapolis, Md., and Washington, D.C., to advocate for legislation aimed at children’s issues; cosponsoring the Montgomery County Women’s Legislative Day; and organizing small meetings with federal and state representatives to expose our children to the legislative process.
Please check the site often to keep up with the activities of the Montgomery County Maryland Chapter, part of the Mighty Eastern Region!
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