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Kent County (Rhode Island) JAYCEES

32 River Avenue - Studio B W. Warwick, RI

The JAYCEES of Kent County, Rhode Island was founded in 1953 and set out on a fantastic track record for community initiatives.
They also created a JAYCEE Education & Library Foundation in 1990, certified as a national JAYCEE Alumni Club in 1992 and have been affilited with the JCI Senate Association since its inception in 1972.

Among others, we were involved in: spear-heading the construction of federal housing for the elderly and disabled; planning and coordinating central library service and expansion; drafting legislation to enable the quasi-governmental agency, the Pawtuxet River Authority & Watershed Council; bringing about full-time government with a Home Rule Charter and working with political groups/parties that saw a Mayoral Form of Government To a Council-Manager structure.

The chapter negotiated the enactment of the Tree Care & Preservation Act ("Jaycee Green Law"), the Tree Conservation Board; created the Jaycee Corridor & Arboretum and are responsible for the on-going rehabilitation of the State Senator Donald Roch Riverwalk.

We offer many programs for Individual Growth, Community Service Activities, and Management Skills Development. The chapter is involved with a Trans-Pacific association through a 'TWINNING' relationship with the Mandaluyong, Philippine Jaycees Chapter!

This chapter has also been recognized as an outstanding "Mentoring" organization by the "Community Youth & Partnership Initiative" and as a consulting operative for Junior Achievement of Rhode Island. We incorporated The Jaycee Education & Library Foundation as a community wide resource entity for all Volunteers, Friends and Sponsors!

In early 2005, the chapter was re-chartered as the Greater Kent County/Rhode Island JAYCEES recognizing our desire and popularity to widen the geographic area in which we can offer the JAYCEE experience and community services.
The JAYCEES also have membership categories for Associates, Sustaining, Alumni, Life,(Honorary), JCI Senators, US JAYCEE Ambassadors and the JAYCEE Education & Library Foundation. They WELCOME VOLUNTEERS!
The JAY-TEENS are groups of young students from 13 - 17 years old, who are committed to helping their community, building their own character and self-esteem and preparing themselves for becoming great citizens.

They emulate the JAYCEE ~ United States Junior Chamber ~ model!
The JAYCEES have just been recognized with the 2005 Community Impact Environmental Award by the Volunteer Center of Rhode Island and have been nationally selected via the USA Weekend Newspaper Group for their 2004 Make A Difference Day 'Family and Ethnic' Celebration They also have received the 2002 Senator Donald Roch 'Founder's Award' via the Pawtuxet River Authority & Watershed Council! The JAYCEES have additionally been honored for their tremendous efforts over the years in land use rehabilitation and preservation, environmental education, and
community action by the Southern Rhode Island Conservation District with its 2005 Recognition of Service Award!
For the Eighteenth (18)consecutive year in 2019, the JAYCEES assisted their home-based municipal government with the nationwide certification, 'TREE CITY/USA' designation via the National Arbor Day Foundation.

The JAYCEES are extremely proud of their Award-Winning Arboretum Chairman, who was a recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Volunteer of the Year’ 2009 Awards by the Volunteer Center of Rhode Island & SERVE/RI.

We are additionally proud to announce that our Executive Director was presented the " PRESIDENTIAL 'LIFETIME' SERVICE AWARD"
for outstanding, extensive and dedicated volunteer service and civic participation on behalf of the President of the United States of America!
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