The Portland Willamette Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. is hosting a Black Santa event open to the public from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at Matt Dishman Community Center. The charge is $20 for a framed professional photo with Black Santa; proceeds benefit Albina Head Start. Participation is expected to surpass last year’s 400 people.
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a membership organization of mothers with children ages two through 19, dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. Founded in 1938 in Philadelphia, today Jack and Jill boasts more than 230 chapters nationwide, representing more than 40,000 family members.
Albina Head Start and Early Head Start comprehensively serve children and families providing child growth and development services and education to strengthen and enhance the abilities of children and their families to successfully function in our national and international environment. Albina offers Early Head Start and Head Start services to low income families living within their program service area. Families must have a total household income at or below federal income guidelines and meet employment or school requirements. Albina offers full day center-based services to eligible Early Head Start and Head Start age children. All services are provided free. Full day Center Based services (EHS & HS) require that parents are working, attending school, in a job-training program, or on a documented job search. Albina offers home-based services to eligible Early Head Start and Head Start aged children. Learn more about Albina Head Start at http://www.albinahs.org/.
Black Santa is open to the general public, cash only.