Thanks to all the people that volunteered to work at the first SKJAJA community service project with Ephesus Elementary students. It was a great day used for cleaning and organizing various parts of the school. The project came about because of the 25 Ephesus students SKJAJA Fund helped to send to camp this summer.
The SKJAJA Fund funded more than 50 kids during the 2010-11 school year. Over $10,000 was given to local children to participate in various activities. The majority of the funding was used towards summer activities and camps. There were various pay it forward projects planned from the Community Service Day at Ephesus Elementary to one student collecting grocery gift cards for the schools’ family specialists to give away throughout the year.
Eric and his wife, Charlotte, have turned a family tradition into a community fund. For her birthday each year, his sister gives each family member $100 to spend on someone or something in need. Eric and Charlotte in the last year have upped the ante with the nonprofit SKJAJA fund (named with family members’ initials), working with local organizations to raise money and Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools to funnel it to kids who can’t afford to participate in extracurricular activities. “We recognize that there’s a lot of opportunity here for people,” he says. “But we also recognize that there’s a fair amount of people here who are unable to take advantage of that opportunity.”
The SKJAJA Fund’s mission is to provide underprivileged children in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina the opportunity to participate in social and educational enrichment activities such as, but not limited to: team sports or camps, art or dance classes, educational camps; school band/orchestra, etc.