Chapter Fundraising / Community Service Projects Overview

Our Chapter has been recognized both Nationally and Regionally for our Financial contributions to the Jack and Jill of America Foundation and to the community.

Over the past several years, the Greater Essex County Chapter donated over $150,000 to the following charities:

*Babyland Family Services—funded upgrade of a kitchen in Newark, New Jersey
*New Jersey Explorer Children’s Museum—funded two permanent exhibits
*Marylawn of the Oranges School for Girls—funded media center and other academic programs
*Girls Action Network, Essex County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) & The Link Community School
*The Valerie Fund

There were seven fundraisers to support these efforts: Five Harvest Balls, a Wine Tasting and the African-American Art Show & Sale. The net proceeds for each fundraiser were as follows:
2002 Harvest Ball
2003 Art Show
2004 Harvest Ball
2005 Wine Tasting
2006 Harvest Ball
2008 Harvest Ball
2010 Harvest Ball 
2012 Harvest Ball
Babyland Family Services
Jersey Explorer Museum
Jersey Explorer Museum
Marylawn of the Oranges School
Marylawn of the Oranges School
Girls Action Network, Essex County CASA & The Link Community School
The Valerie Fund 
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County

33% of all funds raised are forwarded to the National Foundation. The remainder is given to the designated Charity.

Our Charitable Recipient for our upcoming 2012 Harvest Ball is Interfaith Hospitality Network. We have worked with the organization in the past by adopting seven of their homeless families for Christmas. We also provided a $1,500 scholarship award to a college bound student. With the scholarship proceeds, members took the student on a shopping spree for her college supplies. It is our pleasure to continued to support the organization not only monetarily, but also with our time.

About - Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County

We help homeless families — parents and children — who are in need of shelter. We give them a place to stay and three meals a day by housing them at our network of churches and synagogues. While they’re in our shelter network, we work with moms and dads on a plan that addresses the issues that led to their homelessness. Goals are set and parents are compassionately guided to take the steps necessary to find a home and become self-sufficient.

To Learn more about the organization, http://www.ihnessexnj.org/


Barnabas Health
D & I Fitness
Dental Kidz
Dr. Barnes and Carter, LLC-Optometric Physicians
Garrison Center for Healthy Living
GrassROOTS Community Foundation
Image Dermatology
Mountainside Hospital
North Hudson Community Action Corporation Department of Pediatrics
Overlook Hospital
Pediatric Eden Pediatrics
Target Union North
The Valerie Fund /American Heart Association
Whole Foods Market Millburn-Union
Bennie Girl Health and Wellness Events
Lisa Fitness
Sandra Y. Lewis, Certified Kemetic Yoga Instructor and Certified Bikram Yoga Instructor

Sponsors (if we had medals)
Dental Kidz (Gold)
Fleet Feet Montclair (Bronze)
High Gear Cyclery of Millburn (Bronze)
Target-Union North (Silver)
Whole Foods Market Millburn-Union (Silver)
Yoga Montclair (Bronze)


MONTCLAIR -- Greater Essex County and North Jersey chapters of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. have partnered to sponsor “Spring Into Health,” a Health and Wellness Fair and Fun Run, at Memorial Park (Valley Street between Oakland Road and Oakland Avenue) in Maplewood on Sunday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Health care services, organizations, and providers will be joined by wellness professionals, instructors, retailers and volunteers to offer screenings and information, and at this inaugural event. Additionally, the Valerie Fund, in conjunction with the American Heart Association, will be onsite conducting a Sickle Cell Blood Drive. 

The Spring Into Health event also will feature Zumba and Yoga instruction, music, and door prizes. A 1-mile Fun Run, for ages 7 and up will begin at 10 am. Registration for the Fun Run will take place on site from 9 to 9:30 am.

Jack and Jill of America is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2 to 19, dedicated to nurturing future leaders by supporting children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. The organization has embarked on a national campaign - AIM for Healthy Living – to empower families and communities to make health a top priority, encourage everyone to take small, manageable steps to improve health, and reduce the risk for many diseases. 

“The “Spring Into Health” event has been developed locally as a part of that national initiative, and is in lockstep with the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin’s vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation, as well as First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius’ plan to help Americans lead healthier lives through better nutrition, regular physical activity, and by encouraging communities to support healthy choices,” said Dr. Lezli Harvell, Greater Essex County chapter member and owner of Dentalkidz, a health fair sponsor. 

“We are excited about the significant measurable impact this national initiative will have on the health of children in this country when we commit to changes locally that promote the health and wellness of our families and communities,” said ShawnDya Walthour, Greater Essex County Chapter president. 

“As an organization, we are committed to working in our communities to ensure there is a continued focus on healthy nutrition and regular physical activity, where the healthiest choices are accessible for all citizens,” added Juanita Thompson, North Jersey Chapter president.

Among the two dozen health care services, organizations, and practitioners scheduled to participate in the Spring Into Health event and offer services and screenings include Barnabas Health's Burn Foundation, the Overlook Hospital Department of Community Health, the UMDNJ Autism Center, the Valerie Fund, in conjunction with the American Heart Association, several local health care professionals, and national retailers Whole Foods and Target.