The Andrew and Mary P. O'Neal Cares Project, is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit with the purpose of enhancing the well being of its surrounding community through collaborative efforts with the musical community, and other organizations. During these difficult times around the world, there are many who so desperately need a helping hand. Please open your hearts. 100% of your donations to this organization will go towards supporting various social service programs and causes. All donors will be listed on the WCJS Hall of Fame - no matter the amount.
WHAT WE DO
There are many things that I am thankful for in my life: my wonderful children, my husband, and the fact that I have a roof over my head, food on the table, air conditioning during the summer, and heat during the winter. No, it doesn't mean that I am a millionaire who is capable of giving thousands of dollars at the drop of a hat. It means that God has been constantly looking over me, and I am truly blessed.
What people don't know about me is that for a short period of time I was homeless...for nearly 6 months to be exact. My job had been eliminated. And, at that time, I will say that I was a young woman who thought she had things made. Losing my job that way never crossed my mind. I lost virtually everything. I was most humbled by the incident, because I was, at that time, working on issues to assure that advantage was not being taken of others. I had become the other.
One of my most painful experiences during that time was when someone I didn't know, a friend of a friend, allowed me to stay in her home for a few weeks. I had no clothes, so she lent me what clothing her eldest daughter left behind. I had a job interview one day. It was a two hour bus ride, each way, from where I was staying. I can remember so vividly how I attempted to match the perfect outfit for my upcoming interview. To be perfectly honest, it was a fashion disaster.
Anyway, I made the effort to go out, and get that job. When I arrived for the interview, the gentleman who owned the company sat and started looking over my resume. When he finished reading, I simply waited for the interview to begin. But, we never got that far. Without knowing my ordeal, he proceeded to tell me that I needed to read "What Color is Your Parachute" so that I would know how to dress appropriately for an interview. He stated that my credentials were exemplary; but, presentation was key for the position. Those words still resonate in my ears today. It was then that I made the determination, when I got back on my feet, to NEVER stop working to assist those less fortunate - no matter the need, no matter the cost.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
In honor of my mother, soprano, jazz lover, and educator of 37 years, Mary Patricia O'Neal, who unconditionally committed herself to the advancement of children and families in need; my father, Andrew O'Neal, who assisted my mother with feeding and clothing families in need, and was the consummate jazz lover; and, the extension and dedication to the well being of my community, The Andrew and Mary P. O'Neal Cares Project, is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit with the purpose of enhancing the well being of its surrounding community through collaborative efforts with the music community, and other organizations. The organization's most recent endeavors include raising funds to support the fight against child sex trafficking, and assisting to enhance the education and well being of children in Ghana.
During these difficult times around the world, there are many who so desperately need a helping hand. Please open your hearts.
The general purpose of the Andrew and Mary P. O'Neal Cares Project is:
(a) to conduct community jazz and blues concerts to raise funds for selected social and educational causes, including advocacy for children and youth, and homelessness;
(b) to afford indie jazz and blues artists the opportunity to give back to the community by participating in concerts and educational programs; and
(c) to further extend community support for this iconic genre of music known as jazz and blues.
1. It is our intent each year to raise awareness of various social issues affecting those less fortunate. A different cause will be selected from year to year.
2. To involve the overall community in the spirit of giving by conducting an annual Christmas Benefit Concert for low income families with children, and the homeless.
The Aniyah C. O'Neal Book Mobile for Homeless Families with Children Shelters
According to the, National Center on Family Homelessness, "2.5 million children are now homeless each year in America," and the number contnues to grow. It is a systemic problem - facing nearly every state, county, and city throughout the US. Between 2013-2014 school year, there were an estimated 1.4 million school aged children not enrolled in US school systems. Although there is no accurate means of measuring the exact number of children not enrolled, it is suspected that the number of homeless children significantly increase this number. In 2015, 1,263,323 homeless students were registered in public schools. As would be expected, a significant number of these children, without a stable environment, struggle to meet academic standards.
To assist in maintaining the educational development of these forgotten children, The Aniyah C. O'Neal Book Mobile project is designed to provide books and learning tools to several shelters that house families with children within the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.
The Andrew and Mary P. O'Neal Cares Project Annual Christmas Benefit Concert
Each qualified family in need will receive tickets to the WCJS Radio/Andrew and Mary P. O'Neal Cares Project Annual Christmas Benefit Concert, a Christmas tree, a food basket, with each child receiving a small sack with toys from Santa. All additional monies raised during the benefit concert will be distributed between various agencies servicing the homeless.
As H. Jackson Brown, Jr once said, "Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more."
It doesn't matter how much you give. What matters is that you gave. Donations are tax deductible. Our exempt number is, 81-2878583.
God bless you, and thank you so much in advance. Please share this page, and help spread the word.