Jeanie Barkley Memorial Fund
JBMF Vision: The spirit and benefits of giving back to the community is a mission few people live by every day of their lives. The Jeanie Barkley Memorial Fund (JBMF) was started to honor the memory of a person who lived the mantra every day of her life- “Giving is Good.” True giving is unconditional giving to help people, a worthy cause, a friend or stranger without expectation of personal gain from the gift. Gifts in this spirit can be time, money, badly needed goods or supplies, or just simple moral support. The mission of JBMF is to build an organization that raises these gifts to support worthy causes and to promote the spirit of giving throughout our communities and hopefully to other communities over time. Giving is Good.
JBMF Mission: The mission of the Jeanie Barkley Memorial Fund is to support nonprofit organizations who Jeanie believed in including the Alvirne Friends of Music, The American Red Cross, Aplastic Anemia, MDS International Foundation and other organizations involved with stem cell research, oncology, and hospice. A standing commitment of JBMF is to award annual scholarships to students graduating from Alvirne High School whose academic merit, extracurricular participation and exemplary volunteerism in support of community activities emulate the values and vision of Jeanie Barkley as a community leader.
Background: On December 22, 2007 a family and community lost a loving and devoted wife and mother, a dear friend, a tireless volunteer who gave her all to help and support her family and community. A vibrant, positive, vivacious lover of life. We lost her after a long fight to aplastic anemia, a bone marrow disease, where you body stops making blood cells and platelets. Those who knew Jeanie – through her volunteer work, her church, her children’s school and activities or just knew her as a friend – will always remember her contagious smile, her sense of humor and of course, her giggle. Every group in which she was involved, be it neighborhood, volunteer organization or parent support group, has become part of her ever expanding family. She is terribly missed, but her indomitable spirit will live on through everyone she touched.
Red Cross and JBMF have been partners for over 5 years.