JAMS Philanthropy and the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This Monday, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King is remembered for his strong commitment to nonviolence and equality. The seeds that he planted have grown into thousands of causes supported by so many organizations throughout the U.S. and the world. JAMS is similarly dedicated to the avoidance and resolution of conflict. It is our only mission, and our neutrals and associates live it every day through the work they do for our clients and by supporting the JAMS Foundation and the JAMS Society.
For many, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day of service. While many JAMS associates and neutrals do serve their communities on this day, there are many opportunities to be of service year-round. The JAMS Society was established in 2001 by Judge Warren Knight as a way for our associates to offer their time, talent and treasure in their local communities. Over the years, the JAMS Society has organized everything from food and clothing drives to beach cleanups to fundraisers to help those who are less fortunate. The program continues to be successful as an associate-driven effort through volunteerism.
JAMS is inspired to uphold Dr. King’s legacy of service. We are committed to service and community outreach, and our contributions to society through the JAMS Foundation exemplify our commitment. The JAMS Foundation, which is an integral part of JAMS, was established over 20 years ago and funded exclusively by JAMS neutrals and associates. It also contributes to JAMS’ community commitment. Over the years, it has provided over $11 million in grants to worthy organizations supporting nonviolence, community peacemaking and reconciliation, student and youth conflict resolution, police-community relations and many other related causes.
Dr. King spoke of the “beloved community” in the late 1950s, saying, “The aftermath of nonviolence is the creation of the beloved community.” In many ways, the JAMS Foundation and the JAMS Society have supported that concept and have made a difference by helping communities and reducing conflict. Dr. King also said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?’”
Dr. King’s legacy of service is impactful and meaningful. Commemorating his life and accomplishments is of great importance and is part of the fabric of the JAMS organization.
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