circles award

Circles of Jackson County was awarded the Humanitarian Organization of the Year by the Jackson County NAACP. Ann Melton delivers a report today on the efforts and advances of Circles over the past year.

2021 has been a good year for Circles and in the last few months we have had some special things occur that we are excited to share with you.

First and foremost, we have had eight individuals graduate from Circles. Those eight are Niki Simmons, Evalee Rhodamer, Cindi Hall, Joyce Hammerly, Danielle Hutchison, Melisa Parham, Tina Suhjada and Moeisa Jones.

As you know Circles of Jackson County exists to provide the short- and long-term support that enables families currently living in poverty to move into financial sustainability through education, job opportunities and community support. At this season, we want to thank all of you who support us and make this organization and its efforts possible.

We are also pleased to welcome a new member to our Circles board. Jake Buchanan, deputy superintendent for Jackson County Schools has joined us. When I talked with Jake he told me, “I have been so impressed with all of the work that Circles has been doing in Jackson County over the past decade to address some of the root causes of poverty. As someone who has dedicated their professional life to improving the lives of the children of Jackson County, I am excited and honored about any way I can help this wonderful group achieve the goal of lifting individuals and families up.”

And we are blessed to introduce to you a new staff member, Carina Blomberg, who is our new social media manager.

And now as we near the Christmas season we are asking for donations that will allow us to provide a holiday gift basket for our Circle Leaders, those working their way out of poverty. These baskets will be filled with household necessities, grocery gift cards, store gift certificates and holiday cheer for each of our Circle Leader families. The holidays can be especially difficult for people struggling to overcome poverty, and Circles hopes these baskets will help with that challenge. If you wish to help with this mission, please go to the following address: gofundme.com/f/circle-leader-holiday-basket.

Also at this Christmas season, if you shop on Amazon.com and list Circles of Jackson as your charity of choice we will receive a percentage of the purchase because of our Amazon Smile Account.

And now for our latest award! Circles of Jackson received the Jackson County NAACP Humanitarian Award. We received a medal which is pictured with this article.

In closing we wish each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving and a Happy New Year.

Melton is founder, Circles of Jackson.