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. To assist in raising public awareness of various social issues affecting those less fortunate;
2. To work cooperatively with various community organizations to assist in providing programs that foster education, self esteem, and dignity to those less fortunate; and
3. 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
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, learning tools, mentoring, and tutoring to several shelters that house families with children within the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.
The Princess in You Domestic Violence Project
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Every minute, about 20-24 people - both women and men - are assaulted or beaten in the United States. Women in violent relationships also are four times more likely to contract a sexually transmitted infection than those who are not. One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. 40 - 70 percent of female murder victims killed by a husband or boyfriend were involved in an ongoing abusive relationships. Some studies suggest that up to 10 million children, per year in the US, witness violence against their mother or female caretaker by a family member. Everyday in the United States, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury for women - more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. Females ages 18 to 24 and 25 to 34 generally experienced the highest rates of intimate partner violence.
Domestic violence is most commonly thought of as intimate partner abuse, but can also include violence from a family member. It is also important to note that 1 in 7 males will experience some form of sever physical partner in their lifetime. Startling statistics aren't they? This is just a glimpse into the dark world of domestic violence. Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in which someone uses physical, sexual, psychological or other types of harm against a current or former partner, an immediate family member or another relative. It can also include stalking, threats or other behaviors meant to manipulate or control someone else. .
It should then be understood that domestic violence makes people more likely to suffer from depression and suicidal behavior and often negatively impacts a victim's ability to perform well at work. Without adequate financial means, victims may find themselves trapped in an abusive relationship without enough money to leave, which leads to low self esteem.
The Princess in You Domestic Violence Program is in memory of Yolanda "Princess" Baker - a mother, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin, and friend - who, in 1999, tragically became a domestic violence statistic. By networking with other organizations, The Princess in You Project is designed to help bring self esteem, and life back into the eyes, the hearts, and the souls of those affected by domestic abuse.
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.
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