Our organization has many active project to support both the elderly and children of Madison County.
These projects are selected by the chapter as a way to give back to the community.
Backpack Project provides backpacks and school supplies for students in need at the beginning of the 2nd semester. In the past, focus has been on middle and high school students. Chapter members deliver backpacks to the schools; students in need are identified by the counselors within each school. Approximately 250 students received backpacks in 2018.
Blessings In A Box is a service project that provides boxes full of food for families in need during Christmas break. Food is donated by chapter members and community partners, packaged, and available for pickup in the month of December. With over 100 families served, Blessings In A Box fed approximately 300 children in 2018.
Crown Club is an organization for high school girls in 9th, 10th, 11th,and 12th grades, which focuses on identifying and creatively meeting the needs within the community. Chapter members serve as advisers to the students, inspire future leadership, and promote the benefits of community service. The project meets several times throughout the school year. In 2017 & 2018 approximately 250 girls from Madison area high schools were members.
Glass Slipper is a service project that provides formal wear for Madison County teens. Recently, it has expanded to include a dress swap. The project is most active during homecoming, prom, and Christmas dance seasons. Chapter members organize formal wear and open the JA house to students who wish to make a selection. The opportunity is advertised through school counselors.
Hope Totes is a service project that provides supplies for Madison County children who are taken into protective custody. The totes include personal care items, as well as an age appropriate recreational item (i.e. stuffed animal, journal, etc.) and are organized by gender and age groups. Members supplied 300 totes in 2018. Totes are replenished and distributed on an as-needed basis. They are currently stored by a local ministry.
Norma Carol Ezell Sick Free Schools is a service project that provides teachers in rural Madison County with cleaning supplies to help maintain a healthy classroom throughout the year. The project includes soliciting donations, packaging and delivering supply bundles to designated schools. With 15 bags distributed to eight different schools, over 3,000 students are served with cleaning supplies for their classroom. This project meets during August and September.
Money for Minds is a service project that provides mini grants for Madison County teachers in the fall and scholarships for Madison County high school seniors in the spring. Recipients are chosen through an application and interview process. The Chapter awarded seven direct scholarships in 2018, while teacher-mini-grants potentially served thousands of children. This project meets a few times during the school year.
Sunnybrook Children’s Home is a service project that works with the directors of Sunnybrook to assist and fulfill any needs that arise throughout the year. Needs and programs will vary. Some past events include movies and popcorn night, providing personal care supplies, assisting with the annual rummage sale, and more. This project meets several times throughout the year. Sunnybrook currently houses 21 children.
Super Safe Sitters is a class designed to provide childcare safety skills for kids ages 11 and up. Taught by Lisa Goforth, attendees learn CPR skills, stranger danger and general home safety for childcare. Classes are well attended and generally fill to capacity. Chapter members provide breakfast refreshments, assist students while learning, setup and cleanup. Classes are held on Saturday mornings, as Lisa’s schedule permits. Approximately 100 students attended classes in 2018.
These projects serve as fundraisers for our chapter to enable us to continue our service projects for the community.
Bunny Breakfast is a finance project that provides a pancake breakfast and an Easter Bunny photo opportunity for the Madison County community. All proceeds help fund the many service projects of JAMC. The event is held on a Saturday morning close to Easter.
Not only our biggest fundraiser of the year, but also one of the biggest parties in Madison County! It’s an opportunity to thank our corporate sponsors and celebrate our hard work with live music, food, and drinks. The celebration includes a silent auction and casino tables.
In order to raise additional funds, we sell cookbooks throughout the year. Be on the lookout for our new cookbook coming Fall 2020!