JONESBORO, Ark. – Junior Auxiliary of Jonesboro will be celebrating National JA Week through April 8, 2017.
This annual celebration is a time to pause and thank the community, sponsors and volunteer members who work so hard year-round to make a positive difference for the children and youth of Craighead County.
The week begins with a honorary proclamation from Mayor Harold Perrin at the city council meeting on Tuesday evening. Among other fun activities, chapter members plan to volunteer at the Humane Society of Northeast Arkansas and the Food Bank of NEA during the week. They will also be collecting tangible items to be donated to the two previously listed organizations. Anyone interested in also donating can drop off food or pet supplies all week at Posey Peddler on Southwest Drive.
JA of Jonesboro has been a part of the Jonesboro community since 1952 and has 88 active members who donated more than 2800 hours in 2015 – 2016 to the chapter’s various projects. The chapter raises funds each year through a single fundraiser, Charity Ball, just recently held in March. This year was a record-breaking year for the chapter.
This is an exciting week for us, because it gives us a chance to thank all of the citizens of Jonesboro for supporting us in this work, and to recognize our wonderful corporate sponsors who finance these projects,” Angelia Herren, JA of Jonesboro president, said. “The families and children we serve are so deserving and thankful for this assistance, and none of that would be possible without the support of the entire community.”
“As the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries will soon be entering into our 76th year of serving others and many chapters have been a part of that from the beginning. Whether a chapter has been with us for 76 years or one year, the fact that our members have a heart for service and a passion for making a difference in the lives of their neighbors around them has never wavered,” said Jeanne Hildebrandt, NAJA
Junior Auxiliary of Jonesboro is a part of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA), a non-profit organization founded in 1941 with headquarters in Greenville, MS. NAJA has 15,700 active, associate, and life members in 93 Chapters in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. Junior Auxiliary members (worked or volunteered) 261,893 hours in their communities in 2015-16, and invested $2,890,818 in seven southeastern states in 2015-16.
The NAJA slogan is “Care Today – Character Tomorrow.” Junior Auxiliary chapters are working more than ever to provide care to those less fortunate in order to make their tomorrows better.
For more information, or to make a tax deductible donation to JA of Jonesboro, visit its website at http://www.jajonesboro.org. For more information on NAJA, visit http://www.najanet.org or call (662) 332-3000.
Press Release from DANIAL REED, PR Co-Chair