The Burke-Fairfax Virginia Interest Group of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was formed in the fall of 1979. The chapter was granted provisional status at the 1982 National Convention in Chicago with sponsorship of the Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter. In 1984, the Burke-Fairfax Virginia Chapter was voted into membership at the National Convention in Washington, D.C. and installed on October 13, 1984 as the 40th Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Burke-Fairfax is located in Fairfax County, Virginia – a suburb of the metropolitan D.C area. With an average population size of over 1 million people, the area is rich in culture, diversity, and education. Our geographic location allows its residents the opportunity to enjoy historic landmarks, over 400 parks, four seasons, and access to world-class professional sports and recreation.
Since its inception, our chapter regularly contributes to the welfare of the area through volunteer activities directed to improve the lives of all children and the disenfranchised. Our longstanding and notable Black History Forum provided an opportunity to share the culture and history of African Americans with the community, as local area high school students participated in a jeopardy styled program that highlighted African American history facts.
Our community service activities have also included, adoption of a family and purchase and delivery of Holiday gifts to the Agape House, making many wishes for families in need come true during this special time of year. Last year, we supported the efforts against multiple sclerosis by participating in Walk MS. We regularly support aspiring African American students in our area through an annual scholarship. We recently increased our award amount to reflect our commitment to encouraging higher education. Our annual Elizabeth Houston scholarship is named after our first chapter president.
The chapter hosted the Southern Cluster, Regional Conference in October 2012. In 2014, the chapter celebrated the 30th anniversary of its inception. The mothers of Burke-Fairfax hosted the Eastern Region Teen Conference in Washington, D.C. in April 2015. With the finest hospitality, mothers welcomed hundreds of teens and families from across the region to enjoy four packed days of engaging activities, sharing of talents, meeting new friends, reuniting with old friends, and participation in a community service event addressing global hunger by packaging meals for Stop Hunger Now. Moms and teens also donated school supplies to the Murrygate Boys and Girls Club.