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Throw your hats high at JRF’s High Hat Party!

Throw your hats high at JRF’s High Hat Party!

JRF | Jan 30 2013 |  · · · 

It’s that time of year again! As Athens transitions from Winter to Spring, the staff here at Jeannette Rankin Fund are gearing up for the High Hat Party! This event is one of our major fundraisers that provides support to women working to conquer poverty. Come celebrate scholars who are throwing their hats high at graduation!

Sunday, April 14th

at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education

from 1-3pm

There will be live music from Atlanta Harmony Celebration!, activities for children by Wild Child Arts, and fantastic auction items. Tickets are $30 and tables of eight are $300. Don’t forget to wear a wacky, stylish, or fun hat to the party!

Online reservations are now closed. If you haven't registered but would like to attend, please email with who will be attending. You will be able to pay at the event.

For a Google map of parking options, click here.


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Quilt to benefit low-income women

Quilt to benefit low-income women

JRF | Jan 30 2013 |  · · · 

This year's quilt was patterned by JRF staff and sewn by crafty JRF volunteers. Your raffle ticket purchase supports women working hard to conquer poverty through education. Made of a variety of batik squares, this quilt is truly one of a kind!

$5 per ticket

5 tickets - $20 (save $5)

15 tickets - $50 (save $25)

35 tickets - $100 (save $75)

Tickets are no longer available online. Quilt drawing will be at our High Hat Party on April 14, 2013. Need not be present to win.


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Spring 2013 intern and JRF blogger, Molly Berg

Spring 2013 intern and JRF blogger, Molly Berg

JRF | Jan 14 2013 |  · · · 

Hi readers! My name is Molly and I am the Public Relations Intern for JRF this spring. I will be helping JRF’s Marketing and Development Coordinator, Bentley Worthy, with social media and publicity assignments. In my role, I also get to write blog posts. How great is that? If you have any suggestions for stories, I’d love to hear from you. Just leave a comment below!

Here’s a little bit about me. I'm a junior at the University of Georgia studying mass media arts and political science, with a minor in comparative literature. My interests are vast, but I have a special fondness for communications and women’s issues. Luckily, this internship is a perfect fit!

This spring I hope to promote the opportunities that JRF provides to women scholars, ages 35 and older, all over the country. Amazing things are happening through JRF and I can’t wait to blog about them this spring. Cheers!


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How to break the cycle of poverty with education

How to break the cycle of poverty with education

JRF | Dec 07 2012 |  · · · 

“It’s irrefutable. There’s no question that there’s a connection between the stresses of living in poverty and poor academic performance,” says Neil Shorthouse, president, state director and cofounder of Communities in Schools of Georgia (CISGA).

As an organization that serves low-income women, this tie is abundantly clear. Most JRF scholars grew up in poverty and nearly half are the first in their families to attend college.

An article in Georgia Trend documents different experiences of people who grew up in poverty and how they now fight to increase access to education for others.

The article also discusses the cycle of poverty. Research shows that people who grow up in poverty are likely to stay in poverty. It’s a vicious cycle that continues generation after generation. (National Center for Children in Poverty)

The Communities in Schools network helps provide school supplies, clothing and other assistance to students. They report that 97.6% of the at-risk students they served stayed in school or graduated. That’s incredible!

Something else to consider is that education of parents is a big indicator of child success. (Long-term Effects of Parents’ Education on Children’s Educational and Occupational Success)

At JRF, we hear from our scholars, who are women 35 and older, that they do homework with their kids, that now their sons and daughters are talking about college. Increasing access for adults is vital to breaking the cycle of poverty.

2012 JRF scholar Lecia says: “My educational pursuits have helped me better prepare my family for the future. It helped me to be an example to my children, teaching them that education is a major key to their success.”

What are your thoughts on education and the cycle of poverty?


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Thanksgiving raffle recap

Thanksgiving raffle recap

JRF | Dec 10 2008 |  · · · 

Thanks to all of our wonderful supporters, volunteers and everyone who bought a raffle ticket, the first ever JRF Thanksgiving raffle fundraiser was a great success! The raffle netted more than $1,100, which will greatly help JRF during these tough economic times.

The grand prize, a $500 Kroger gift card, was awarded to Maureen O’Brien (pictured above, right). We were touched to discover that Maureen, in true holiday giving spirit, is contributing her winnings to help people in need. She is donating her prize to Athens Land Trust, People of Hope, and two local families in the Athens area.

Congratulations to Tom Krausmann of Illinois who won the second prize, $40 in Kroger gift certificates.

Thank you once again to everyone who helped to make this project a success. We wish you all a wonderful holiday season.


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