Danville Habitat for Humanity Receives Donation from Jack and Jill of America
Danville, VA - Danville-Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity received a donation from the Burlington-Graham Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Executive Director Michael D. Parsons said "the gift is deeply appreciated and we are honored to be recognized by an organization like Jack and Jill. Mothers, perhaps more than anyone, understand the importance of a safe, secure home in the development of children." The gift was made possible from the proceeds of the 4th Biennial Children's Heritage Ball which was held at the Danville Science Center on February 22, 2014. The donation also supports one of Jack and Jill's national goals which is to "to seek for ALL children the same advantages we desire for our own." The gift will help support the Hughes Street redevelopment project that is now underway. DPCHFH will dedicate a new home in the Hughes Street area on August 2, 2104. Three additional homes are in the planning stages.More about Jack and Jill: 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.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 two and nineteen. Today, Jack and Jill boasts over 230 chapters nationwide, representing over 40,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a national theme. Through service projects, Jack and Jill of America create a medium of contact for children to stimulate their growth and development.The Burlington-Graham Chapter joined the national body in 1956 and the Danville Chapter received its charter in June 1956. In April 2009, the Danville and the Burlington-Graham Chapters both faced membership challenges that resulted in a request by both chapters to be merged. As a result Burlington-Graham expanded to include the boundaries held by the former Danville Chapter. The new boundaries consist of the following North Carolina and Virginia counties: Alamance, Pittsylvania, Caswell Rockingham, Halifax & Henry.Below are the National Goals:To create a medium of contact for children which will stimulate their growth and development. To provide constructive educational, cultural, civic, recreational, social and service programs for children. To aid mothers in learning more about their children by careful study. To seek for ALL children the same advantages we desire for our own. To support all national legislation aimed at bettering conditions for all children.