The late Marion Stubbs Thomas founded Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, on January 24, 1938, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Twenty mothers came together to discuss creating an organization to provide social, cultural and educational opportunities for youth between the ages of 2 and 19. In 1946, 10 chapters were involved in the national restructuring process. The constitution and bylaws were drawn up, and the organization was incorporated under the laws of the state of Delaware.
Today, Jack and Jill boasts more than 230 chapters nationwide, representing more than 40,000 family members. Each chapter plans annual programming activities guided under a national theme. Through service projects, Jack and Jill of America creates a medium of contact for children to stimulate their growth and development.
"To us as mothers, [Jack and Jill] has become a means of furthering an inherent and natural desire …to bestow upon our children all the opportunities possible for a normal and graceful approach to a beautiful adulthood.” – Marion Stubbs Thomas
As part of the MARvelous Mid-Atlantic Region, the Richmond Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was chartered in 1950 with 14 charter members and continues to plan many exciting activities for children, raise funds for national and local causes, as well as serve in the community. The Richmond Chapter is the oldest and largest chapter in the Richmond area with 65 mother members, 64 teens, and 107 children. The Richmond Chapter is also proud to have 18 associate members and an active father's auxiliary.