IN THE COMMUNITY
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. - Austin Chapter children are divided into age/grade groups (Tots, Yearlings, Vogues & Esquires, Betwixt & Between and Guys & Dolls). Throughout our program year, members participate in learning and community service activities in support of our Austin Community.
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. proudly partners with the @MarchofDimes to raise awareness about the seriousness of premature birth, during its World Prematurity Day. We can do more to help babies be born strong and healthy! On Saturday, November 17th our mothers showed support of this great cause with selfies wearing purple #WorldPrematurityDay #JJGiveThemTomorrow.
On Saturday, October 13th, sixteen members of the Austin Chapter of Jack & Jill (eight parents and eight children) volunteered with Partnerships for Children’s Rainbow Room, a resource center for children hurt by abuse or neglect. We spent several hours counting, sorting and storing donations so that Child Protective Services caseworkers could access the needed toiletries, diapers, and clothing right away. Additionally, we donated African-American hair care products and accessories to the space to help meet the needs of the high- volume of black children placed in foster care.
The service event provided a powerful learning experience for our children who ranged in age from five to 16. A Partnerships for Children staff member gave a brief presentation and the children asked questions to deepen their understanding of the community problem and the need for our help. We left knowing that we had made an immediate and powerful difference in the health and comfort of vulnerable children. More than 650 children in Travis County alone benefit from the brand new items the Rainbow Room supplies free of charge each month.