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 through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated was founded January 24, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from a meeting of 20 mothers by the leadership of Marion Stubbs Thomas with the idea of bringing together children in a social and cultural environment. In 1964, as more groups became active, bylaws were drawn up and incorporated under the laws of Delaware. The organization was a nonprofit family organization with mothers of children between the ages of 2 and 19 holding membership. Jack and Jill celebrated its 75th Anniversary in January 2013. The organization continues on, dedicating its resources to improving the quality of life, particularly for African-American children.
Pauline Ellison organized the Arlington Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated (now the Northern Virginia Chapter) in 1966 and she served as first chapter President. ViCurtis Hinton, National Corresponding Secretary, and Thomasina FitzRoy, Eastern Regional Director, installed the chapter on December 3, 1966. The ceremony was held at the Walter Reed Center in Arlington, VA. The chapter was sponsored by the Washington, DC chapter, and was the first chapter in Northern Virginia.