National Chums support children because they are the cornerstone to our future. Embracing their essence and helping them to realize their talents, helps our communities to grow and flourish. The Chapters of Chums Incorporated have creative ways to support our communities through the building up of our children. The statistics are staggering when it comes to our children that are minorities, disenfranchised or come from low socio-economic backgrounds.
According to many sources like the national census, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N), Union Rescue Mission, US Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy and many other credible sources, many of the troubles our society faces, stem from:
• High school drop-out rates
• Child homelessness
The statistics say that 1.2 million students drop out of high school every year, many falling into a cycle of poverty, unemployment and violence. Drop-out rates are also related to higher rates of imprisonment, with minorities disproportionately affected. Studies show that high school drop-outs are eight (8) times more likely to be incarcerated.
Even with the staggering statistics and studies, there is hope! Chums Incorporated is a group of women who invest their time and use their influence to make our communities and society better places to live as a whole, by listening to our children and doing our part to enrich their lives.
We establish relationships with schools, churches, child care services. We partner with different organizations to identify the needs of our children and leverage our efforts to remove distractions that keep them from focusing on school, increase their confidence levels and assist with them with having strong relationships with their parents and family. We have projects that address children’s social skills and future educational needs, especially with the STEM programs.
LOCAL CHAPTERS' ACTIVITIES:
Family Adoptions (Multiple Chapters)
Chums Reading Fest (Orlando)
Dr. Seuss Reading Day (Roanoke)
Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas baskets (several chapters)
Back Pack programs (several chapters)
Count Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Big Brothers and Big Sisters
Black and Missing Foundation, Inc.
Boys and Boys Club
Oprah's Angel Network
Children's Defense Fund
National and International Donations For Hurricane Relief Efforts
Red Cross (Atlanta)
Queen Louis Home for children on St. Croix, US Virgin Island (Orlando)
Lend A Hand Bahamas (Los Angeles)
NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
National African American Museum
National Founders Day Scholarship
Sickle Cell of America
United Negro College fund
2019 President's Award Winners:
1st Place - Cleveland Chapter
2nd Place - Philadelphia Chapter
3rd Place - St. Louis Chapter
Honorable Mentions: Orlando Chapter
Children's Defense Fund $5,000
National CARES Mentoring Movement $5,000
Year Volunteer Hrs. # of Local Scholarships Donations
2019 24,328 79 $185,733.00
2018 24,613 73 $159,905.00
2017 15,448 56 $121,270.00
2016 14,408 60 $126,392.20
2015 19,473 45 $130,575.83
News & Events
CHUMS are always active in and around their specific communities doing good. Regardless of the city or chapter, you can find a CHUM wrapping up or ramping up a recent or the next event.