D-UP was organized by my husband, Corvin and I in 2007. We are the true essence of a grassroots organization, and would not change anything about our journey.
We’ve committed to providing services in the Washington Street community in High Point, NC which is a food desert; schools qualify for federal funding for free meals; and 14.1% of the population in the 27260 zip code has a female head of household, indicating single parent homes. Families do not have disposable income necessary to afford children recreational activities and households do not have access to healthy and fresh food.
With the assistance of the Hayden Harman Foundation, High Point University, United Way of Greater High Point, Out of the Garden, and numerous individual and corporate sponsors; we provide services to over 1,000 children yearly in the community exposing them to activities that they may not have the opportunity to do. We also assist parents rearing well diverse, cultural, and positive children. We know there are challenges with raising children and we believe in “It takes a Village to Raise a Child.” Our families appreciate our efforts and we appreciate them for embracing us and allowing us into their lives.
We have accepted the charge to impact more families, and are EXCITED that more children will NOW have an opportunity in the next year to experience D-UP as we are in the midst of our Capital Campaign to purchase land to build our multilevel facility on Washington Street which will host PNAC; our recreational enrichment program designed to enhance children’s physical, academic, and personal development, in addition to our other programs.
We currently have a waiting list because of space limitations at our current location BUT you can change our situation and help our children from low income families attend our programs absolutely FREE in a safe environment. You’re giving them an opportunity to engage in fun-filled and educational activities instead of being confined to cramped indoor spaces with few opportunities for physical activity and access to healthy meals which are contributors to childhood obesity and behavioral issues for numerous children.
Together, we can accomplish D-UP’s Phase One goal of $50,000 one person at a time by participating in our 10/10 Jump Challenge. Please consider donating $10 and challenge 10 of your friends and family by calling out their name as you complete 10 jumping jacks. Video yourself and post to social media tagging those you challenge. Tag D-UP also. Have fun with this challenge but most importantly know you are impacting the lives of youth in our community. Thank you for JUMPING!
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