JJK Passion for Giving

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JJK Passion for Giving

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“I have a passion to give and have always wanted to give back to the community that gave me so much.” Jackie Joyner-Kersee


    Jackie Joyner-Kersee has always loved and cherished her hometown of East St. Louis, Illinois and those who live there.


    “March 1, 2000 was a celebration of what the power of one can do.  A united effort created a safe haven from a vision.  At the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Jackie Joyner-Kersee  Center, I was surrounded by hundreds of people who walked with me on a faith journey to make what some called impossible a reality.  Yes, the building bears my name, but it is the names of those who gave out their commitment to others who stand with me in one spirit and one voice.”  
    Jackie Joyner-Kersee


    Jackie’s spirit has turned Jackie’s long-held aspiration of a facility that is a safe haven for youth into reality. Jackie spearheaded an attack on impoverishment and hopelessness much in the same way she prepared for an assault on the heptathlon world record, which Jackie still holds. There was no stopping Jackie then, not with her will to break barriers and soar to marks never before approached by humankind. There’s no stopping her now.


    “As I travel across the country, people always ask me about the youth center.  The number of people who believe in what we are doing encourages me, and I am humbled by their offer to help our cause with their many resources.” Jackie Joyner-Kersee


    With the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation as the catalyst, a program is being launched to redevelop the city, all in the name of common good. She’s never turned her back on her hometown _ and the city has never forgotten her kindness and love. Jackie is looking for higher ground. The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center is a living laboratory of how changes can transform a community.


    “We started out helping kids reach their potential and further their dreams in athletics and education, but then it came to a point when we really saw the need for a building.  It took a while for people to believe in what we were doing, but once we broke ground for the center the funding was easier. But it’s only the beginning” Jackie Joyner-Kersee


Our Mission:

”To provide youth, adults and families with the resources to improve their quality of life and to enhance communities worldwide, with special attention directed to East St. Louis, Illinois.”

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Why support JJKF? Because we care for kids.

Donations to JJKF help provide care to Many Kids who need strong family values and educational structure in there lives.  JJKF and its member organizations offer education and hands-on services that can improve quality of life for kids in need and their families. Your support is critical to make a difference in a child's life at our center.

Thank you for caring.

JJKF is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. Donations are tax deductible.

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