What We Do
The Western Cook County Chapter plans annual programming activities guided under our 2016-2018 national theme, The Power to Make a Difference. Programming is the cornerstone of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Our objectives and aims are to:
Create a medium of contact for children, which will stimulate growth and development.
Provide children with constructive programming.
To aid mothers in learning more about their children by careful study.
To support all national legislation aimed at bettering the conditions of all children.
One of the hallmarks of Jack and Jill is its emphasis on youth development with our youth leadership programs. Jack and Jill has taken ownership in responsibility for developing future leaders who possess the skills to be world leaders. Several areas of emphasis include the following:
Teen Leadership Development: The Jacqueline Moore Bowles Leadership Module is comprised of 16 modules providing the necessary skills required to effectively lead in a constantly changing society.
Volunteer Service: Annually, Jack and Jill members and their families log thousands of hours of volunteer service.
Financial Literacy: Jack and Jill’s financial literacy modules offer youth ages 6-19 an opportunity to participate in mock stock market simulations, basic financial training and real-world approaches in learning the principles of responsible money management firsthand.
Civic Involvement: We serve to make a change, actively engaging with our national and local partners.
Legislative Advocacy: Biennially, Jack and Jill Teens and Mothers participate in the On the Hill Summit in Washington, D.C., creating awareness among Congressional leaders about our mission and issues that affect American children and their families.
Community service is the hallmark of a servant leader and is the underpinning of the Jack and Jill of America philosophy of leadership development. The Western Cook County Chapter embraces the challenge of teaching our children to lead and serve their community. Every child of every age participates in service projects. Below are a few of the organizations we have recently served:
Boys & Girls Club of America
By the Hand Club
Carole Robertson Center
Feed My Starving Children
Hephzibah Children’s Association
Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry
West Suburban PADS
Bernie’s Book Bank
Fundraising/Jack and Jill of America Foundation
The Western Cook County Chapter works locally to raise funds for The Jack and Jill of America Foundation, which exists as the philanthropic arm of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Since its inception in 1968, the Foundation has acted to influence the ongoing positive development of children.
The Jack and Jill of America Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, in collaboration with the community service agenda of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is an internationally recognized center that furnishes personal, professional and financial support to children in the areas of leadership skills, training and development.
The Foundation promotes the excellent preparation of succeeding generations of children as leaders, in all walks of life, so that they may attain their fullest potential as individuals, enjoy rewarding and fulfilling lives, and contribute to world peace, progress, and prosperity.
To learn more about the Jack and Jill of America Foundation click here.