The Joyce Gillespie Harrington Educational and Charitable Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Zeta Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the Embry Rucker Community Shelter, Reston, VA Provide Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Program
RESTON, VA – (November 28, 2015) – The Joyce Gillespie Harrington Educational and Charitable Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Zeta Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. hosted its annual Thanksgiving Dinner Program on Saturday November 28th from 3-6pm at the Reston Embry Rucker Community Shelter. A special meal was served to the less fortunate, many of whom expressed sincere gratitude for the dinner. This time of service always provides a reflection of things to be thankful for and the joy of helping others. “What warmer gift than giving back to our community” said one fraternity member.
With a growing number of families and individuals without a stable home environment, the need to support the facilities that provide this basic human need is increasing. JGH’s longstanding tradition of providing meals at Thanksgiving helps to bring awareness and understanding to this epidemic. This year, the JGH Foundation supported more than 125 families and individuals, who would not otherwise have had a warm meal. In addition, the chapter provided more than 50 pairs of gloves and hats that will help keep community members warm during the upcoming cold months.
The Zeta Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has served the Northern Virginia community since its inception in 1975 and has been supporting Embry Rucker’s Community Shelter for many years. Through its foundation, the Joyce Gillespie Harrington Educational and Charitable Foundation, Inc., we will continue to combat homelessness so we can help improve the quality of life for others and always remember the things for which we are truly thankful. For more information regarding our Foundation and our activities please visit www.jghfdn.org.
Cornerstones – Embry Rucker Community Shelter
Since 1970, Cornerstones has reached out to 250,000 neighbors in need, helping them overcome tough economic times in an already high cost-of-living region. Through advocacy and support services, Cornerstones connects clients to the vital resources they need to help build more stable families and self-sufficient lives and provide a comprehensive array of programs that solve urgent or on-going requirements for housing, childcare, food or financial assistance.
For additional information please visit www.cornerstonesva.org.
Joyce Gillespie Harrington Educational and Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Based in Reston, Virginia, the Joyce-Gillespie-Harrington Educational & Charitable Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity. The foundation was incorporated on September 26, 2001. The foundation was formed to provide financial support to the educational and charitable initiatives developed by the Zeta Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. By emphasizing information sharing, promoting knowledge, and mitigating financial barriers; the foundation aims to increase educational opportunities for youth with in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC Metropolitan community. In order to support these programs, the foundation conducts various fundraising endeavors.
To learn more about the foundation, visit www.jghfdn.org.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Founded on December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has continued to provide voice and vision to the struggle of African Americans and people of color around the world. The Fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community’s fight for civil rights, through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, and Cornel West. Other members include Congressmen Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO), Charles B. Rangel (NY), Danny K. Davis (IL), Chaka Fattah (PA), Al Green (TX), Gregory Meeks (NY), David Scott (GA), and Robert C. Scott (VA). The fraternity, through its college and alumni chapters, serves the community through nearly a thousand chapters in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.