Author: Asma Ali
WASHINGTON, NJ (Warren County) – Two local non-profit organizations are going above and beyond to provide school supplies and holiday gifts for local foster children in need.
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. (Jack and Jill) is a national volunteer organization of African American women and their children. The organization recently started a backpack and school supply drive to benefit children through the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren County (CASA SHaW).
With the help of mothers and their children, the donation drives collected 30 backpacks -filled with pencils, notebooks, calculators, and other school supply necessities. The backpacks were then donated to CASA SHaW for a timely delivery to the children.
“Jack and Jill members had an opportunity to serve their community, and the staff and advocates at CASA SHaw made new friends,” says executive director of CASA SHaW, Tracey Heisler.
Heisler goes on to say the giving spirit will continue, as Jack and Jill and CASA SHaW gear up to partner again for the upcoming holiday season. The two organizations will be collecting night lights to “help each child feel safe as they go to sleep at night.”
Nefatiti Anderson, President of the Central New Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill, says that they are happy to work with local non-profits such as CASA Shaw. Their goal is to help children throughout their communities reach their highest potential. “As an organization of mothers and children, we take our commitment to invest in the future of all children seriously,” says Anderson.
Members of Jack and Jill include mothers with children aged 2-19 that are dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving, and civic duty.
To find a local CASA program in your county, please visit www.casaofnj.org