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"The Power to Make a Difference"

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2-19, dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children though leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. Our national theme is "The Power to Make a Difference."

Today, the Durham Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is comprised of 63 families and 90 children. The chapter actively plans and implements educational, cultural, health, recreational and social programs and activities for its 90 children and currently supports similar programs locally for children at Agape Corner and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Durham.

Chapter programs are primarily centered around leadership development, awareness of cultural heritage, and community service. Jack and Jill has established programming initiatives such as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math), the Healthy Living Initiative (centered on lifestyle improvements and healthy development) and various projects with our national and local partners.

One of the hallmarks of Jack and Jill is its emphasis on youth development with our youth leadership programs. We believe we have a responsibility to develop future leaders who possess the skills to be world leaders. Leadership activities incorporate volunteer service, financial literacy, civic involvement, legislative advocacy, and The Jacqueline Moore Bowles Leadership Modules.


"The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people's children." Marian Wright Edelman

One of the objectives of Jack and Jill is "to seek for ALL children the same advantages we desire for our own." The Durham Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. has served Durham, Wake, and Orange Counties for 70 years. Mothers and children are expected to actively participate in activities that serve the community. The Durham Chapter is taking bold new steps, not only in raising awareness of children's needs and concerns in our communities, but also by working with local and national organizations. We have participated in community projects such as:

  • March of Dimes
  • UNICEF Drive
  • National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night® Walk
  • The Children's Defense Fund

Chapter-initiated endeavors include:

  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Durham
  • Agapé Corner
  • Durham Rescue Mission
  • Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to needy families
  • Soup Kitchen volunteers and contributors
  • Share Your Christmas
  • Rest Home Visitations/Entertainment
  • Project Write
  • Project Read
  • Genesis House
  • Women-in-Action and Project Read 2000
  • Duke AIDS Research & Treatment Center Christmas party assistance
  • Great American Smoke-Out door-to-door campaign
  • Seat Belt Safety Campaign at local Walmart
  • Easter Baskets for Durham Rescue Mission Children
  • Clothing drives
  • Food bank donations in Durham and Orange Counties
  • Peace Toy for War Toy Exchange


"Transforming African American communities, one child at a time"

The Durham Chapter's Cirque du Seventy event marks seventy years of our organization's service in the Durham community; this event will raise money for select charities in the Durham and Chapel Hill communities. All proceeds from the event and auction benefit deserving charities in Durham and Jack and Jill of America Foundation. The purpose of our fundraising efforts is to fulfill one of the organizations aims to "to seek for all children the same advantages which we desire for our own".

Cirque du Seventy – The Event is an extravagant evening highlighting Cirque-themed acts and entertainment designed to raise $25,000 for deserving charities in the Durham community. The main event will be held on Saturday, November 21st at the Embassy Suites of Brier Creek. Cirque du Seventy will feature a silent and live auction. Last year, our signature event raised over $12,000. With your support, we are hoping to reach this year's goal of $25,000!

The Durham Chapter of Jack and Jill sponsors a luncheon each spring - The Big Hat Affair. Proceeds from this annual event benefit designated local charities and The Jack and Jill Foundation.

Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The Foundation supports programs that not only create opportunities and challenges for children to learn and practice leadership skills, but also build leadership character in youth. The ultimate goal of every Foundation grant dollar is to empower young people to make the right life choices.

Thanks to the generous support of our corporate partners...

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Mechanics and Farmers Bank

we have been able to support the following organizations:

Agape Corner Boys and Girls Club of Greater Durham CC Spaulding Elementary School in Durham, NC Community Health Coalition, Inc Sisters Network Triangle NC Table Youth Education for Savings