Celebrating 11 Years of Service!
“Our mission is to be a premier organization that serves as a catalyst for change, improves the quality of life, and empowers disadvantaged communities through education and other resources.”
A Message from the President
On behalf of the organization, we extend a heartfelt thank you for your generous support and contributions, as we celebrate our 10th anniversary, especially those who have been with us throughout this journey. I especially want to thank my Mother, Lessie Mckerson, and my husband, Jim, and my son Justin, for continuing to fuel the fire within me. But, our work is not complete, and your financial assistance is still needed as we expand our services
Ten years ago, when we began our journey, the Legacy Ladies were fueled by our passion to serve disadvantaged families and youth in our communities, and today the fire is still burning within all of us. We have traveled from coast to coast blazing a path of service for disadvantaged families through our Adopt-A-Family program. We have improved the quality of life and served as a catalyst for change for homeless families, military veterans, families with multiples, the physically impaired, and for one mother, we were able to fulfill her final wish of providing a family vacation for she and her children.
Our mission has gone beyond the borders of the United States to South Africa, to support orphans impacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. We provided medical and financial assistance to improve the quality of their lives. We also traveled to Haiti, courtesy of our official airline carrier, Southwest Airlines, to provide empowerment workshops and offer hope to women living in the “tent cities” after the earthquake.
Our Adopt-A-School program continues to flourish at Crenshaw and Washington Preparatory High School, with the implementation of our best practice, “From the School House to The White House Leadership Program.” This program has given the young ladies a vision beyond their classroom and their neighborhoods, as they travel to the State Capitol and to The White House. It has proven to be a multi-generational program as they learn to prepare for college, the workforce, and grow into leadership, in addition to developing “soft skills” that are needed as they transition to other facets of their lives. As an extension of the leadership program, we expanded our program to include an annual, “Just For Girls” Teen Conference, servicing over 300 girls of diverse backgrounds from Southern California, at Loyola Marymount University.
This year we are recognizing three exceptional honorees at the Torch Awards, Noel Massie, Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray, and Toyota because they epitomize the true meaning of our mission, of giving back to our communities and leaving a legacy of service. They are the trailblazers for now and years to come. We congratulate them as they continue to pass the Torch.
Again, I would like to thank each one of you personally for your support and continued commitment to helping us keep the flame burning.
- Jacqueline Castillo, President