Jack and Jill Day is our annual family activity in September that brings all of the membership together after the summer break. It is a time to also invite families that are interested in joining the organization. During Jack and Jill Day, our chapter also honors the life of Carole Robertson, who was a member of Jack and Jill's teen group in Birmingham, AL. Carole Robertson was killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing on September 15, 1963. Our chapter's teens lead a memorial service that highlights Carole's life and the goals of human rights, civil rights and racial harmony.
Every year the mothers and cosmos in the Queens chapter raise funds and participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The donations our team raised will enable investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research, free information and services for women diagnosed with the disease, and access to mammograms for women who need them. Our donations will help more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors celebrate another birthday this year!
Children in the Queens chapter participated in the March of Dimes WonderWalk's fundraising and community service event for children. Our children collected money allowing them exposure to fundraising, the mission of the March of Dimes and the value of helping others.
We opened our November Mothers Meeting with the March of Dimes Prayer and wore purple to show our support.
Our annual Holiday party is a time to celebrate family, friends and all that we are thankful for. Jack and Jill children from every age group participate in a festive performance and also engage in a community service project. In addition, our chapter collects books for Little Flower Child & Family Services, which are presented to a representative from the organization at our holiday party.
The Queens chapter day of service began by supporting the Regional service day event at the Children of Promise, NYC. We then jetting off to our annual service activity at the Jamaica YMCA.
In 2017 we honored the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by constructing a Library Book Nook in the resource room at the Jamaica YMCA. Each year, we return to add additional books to the Book Nook to level the selections and categorize by age groups and genres to best serve the children and young adult population it serves.
In addition to the book nook, the chapter hosted a spelling bee , judged by our chapter's moms, dads and Target representatives) for YMCA after school students and chapter youth. Thanks to our partnership with Target (who has worked with us since the inception of the Book Nook) gift cards were provided to all spelling be winners.
There was also a viewing and discussion of one of Rev. Dr. Marting Luther King, Jr.'s speeches with Middle School and High School students followed by Talk Back facilitated by fathers in our chapter.
Lastly, our chapter awarded 5 children who attend the Jamaica YMCA's after school program with 8 weeks of swimming lessons to support the JJ Swim Program. The event ended with the kids, moms and dads dancing and doing the “Wobble” to the lively beats from DJ J-Vibe, Jeremy Grant, a Cosmos teen member.
Our chapter hosted an amazing ski trip. A fun filled day was had by all! This trip is definitely one of the highlights of our programming year. Prospective mothers and their families are also invited to join us for this chapter-wide event.
Our Chapter’s culminating activity! Our children will spend one last time for the program year engaged in recreational activities.