The 20/20 Sisters of Vision Durham, North Carolina
Our History• Joanne Jennings and Denise Rowson would regularly raise money to help someone in need by asking individuals for contributions of $20. Their desire to be more systematic in giving and be able to help more people inspired them to invite a group of friends to talk about giving. In 2008, the group of women met at noon to share a meal and their individual philosophies about giving. They agreed to form a giving circle; believing that by pooling their financial resources, they could make a difference in the world. That was the beginnings of the 20/20 Sisters of Vision Giving Circle.
Our Vision/Mission Statements• The 20/20 Sisters of Vision envision a world where the love of God is demonstrated in tangible acts of love, that is expressed between and within all the communities of the world.• The mission of the 20/20 Sisters of Vision is to empower women and children in our immediate and global communities to improve their quality of life, in the areas of health, education, economic development and spirituality.
Angel Food MinistryFamilies throughout the Triangle and throughout NC aresuffering from hunger. Not only are they poor and/orunemployed, but they are also the working poor.The 20/20 Sisters of Vision is an ongoing contributor toThe Angel Food Ministry of North Carolina. Boxes ofnutritious food are given to families in need monthly tosupplement their food supplies.
Lott Carey Society African AIDS Initiative• Commercialsexslavery is a world-wide problem that affects us all directly or indirectly. In 2010, a team of 12 women went to Addis Abba, Ethiopia on a fact finding mission to support commercial sex workers through the African AIDS International Initiative. The goal was to raise $25,000 to support their work to combat the spread of AIDS and HIV and support the lives of these women through the support of this initiative through the The Lott Carey Mission .• 20/20 Sisters of Vision contributed $1500 to this foreign program in the support of African AIDS International Initiative and the commercial sex workers in South Africa and Ethiopia.
Fans for Seniors in the Triangle Initiative• A call went out to the Raleigh-Durham communities to support the purchase of new fans to help senior citizens get fans during the hot summer months of 2010.• 20/20 SOV contributed $500 to purchase fans for our seniors in the local area.
Interfaith Hospitality Network• The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) is a collaborative effort between local churches to support homeless families. These local churches provide shelter, food, and other support services.• Contributions to IHN were at a low and families were not able to receive necessary services.• Our sisters decided to answer the call and make a contribution to assist the homeless families through this organization.
Family Health Ministries Haiti• In 2010 after the earthquake in Haiti, we supported the North Carolina- based organization Family Health Ministries by contributing money for medical supplies and sending human resources for spiritual support to our brothers and sisters in Haiti.
Tea for Tillery-2011The 20/20 Sisters ofVision supported theArea Wide HealthClinic in Tillery, NC ineastern North Carolinato support theirefforts to improve thehealth and healtheducation of theAfrican- Americancommunity in thishistoric community.