On behalf of the mothers in the Ann Arbor Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., we are thrilled that you desire to learn more about Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and our Chapter.  We are dedicated to creating experiences that emulate the vision of our founder, Marion Stubbs Thomas, who desired an organization designed to “stimulate social and cultural relationships between our children.”

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a membership organization of mothers who are dedicated to nurturing future leaders by providing opportunities for children (ages 2-19) through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving, and civic duty. We believe every child can be a leader!

On Mission – For more than 40 years, the Ann Arbor Chapter continues to demonstrate the importance and relevance of Jack and Jill to our community within the greater Washtenaw County area by being a viable partner in serving all children, and especially those we hold most dear—the African American children in our community. Our commitment to serving the community we live in, by supporting the needs of children, and the growing mental and social-economic issues in our community has remained our focus. We continue engaging more within the community and collectively providing opportunities to showcase, support, and enhance the strengths, vision, and dreams of the children.

On Purpose – The social norms due to the pandemic have not changed our mission. Embracing virtual programming activities and platforms ensure uninterrupted access to meeting our national directives. Supporting our civic commitment, the chapters committed to four local entities this year: Meals on Wheels, Carpenter Place, Foster Grandparent Program, Parkway Meadows, and NAMI.  

We look forward to engaging even more with our community and collectively providing opportunities to showcase, support, and enhance the strengths, vision, and dreams of our children. As part of the Mighty Mid-Western region, we stay Dream-Driven and Mission-Minded with our sister chapters, and committed to the values of our founding charter mothers, affirming why we stand, and the foundation we stand on.

We know that the work of Jack and Jill is never done; and, that we have many areas of need to serve. Through the collective efforts of our mother members, fathers, and children/tweens/teens, I have every reason to believe that we will realize success in all our endeavors in a significant and sustainable way.

Yours in Service,

Brandy Merritt
President, Ann Arbor Chapter
Jack and Jill of America, Inc.