ABOUT US

Jericho Cares is a grassroots organization that started in August 2020 in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. It started with a backpack drive, a zoom call and a group of women that got together to share voices of kindness and offer support for local families in need. In just a few short months we were able to more fully understand the needs in our community. Simultaneously, we immediately became witness to the overwhelming generosity within and surrounding our community!

Jericho Cares' mission is to assist families in need. We provide clothes, celebrate birthdays and holidays, and help with food insecurities and other basic supplies.  We work with organizations like the John Theissen Children's Foundation, Birthday Wishes of Long Island, North Shore Soup Kitchen and NOSH Emergency Food Delivery, Lasagna Mammas, and more!

We share Saturday afternoons with families living in various local motels, getting to know them and their needs. We also help support shelters that are referred to us. We deliver custom boxes to families and individuals that reach out for assistance. We deliver donations ranging from socks to comforters, dishes to pet food, and cereal to toiletries. The families have enjoyed holiday meals, school supplies and even a visit from Santa Claus. We are building a network where local residents can fulfill the needs of these families within days. And as we extend our reach we are helping to make a difference in more lives.

As an incorporated organization, we look forward to expanding the ways we can serve others.

...One family at a time.

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Fran O’Connor

President

Fran O’Connor has called Jericho her home for 10 years and currently has 2 girls in Jericho Schools.  She has been an active member of The Girl Scouts of Nassau County for  the past 10 years. Fran has also been a softball  coach and a member of the PTA for many years. She is currently working as a Licensed Behavior Analyst and enjoys crafting and spending time with her family.  She is proud to be a part of an organization like Jericho Cares that helps to make the world a better place.  

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Maureen Ahearn

Secretary

Maureen Ahearn is honored to bring her 20 years of volunteer experience to Jericho Cares.  Maureen has enjoyed serving various communities through PTA and Girl Scouts and builds on those experiences to help make a difference locally.  She is currently Manager of Human Resources for Adjuvant. Health and enjoys traveling with family for both new experiences and relaxation.  

 

 

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Diane Saunders

Board Member 

Diane Saunders has lived in Jericho for the last 32 years.  Her three children are all graduates of the Jericho Schools.  She has been a special education teacher in Freeport, NY for the last 21 years. She enjoys spending time with her grown children and granddaughters, reading and traveling.  She has been on the Jericho Educational Foundation, a Girl Scout Leader and a Catechist at St. Paul the Apostle Church.  Diane is proud to be a member of Jericho Cares and work alongside such dedicated women. 

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Thaina R. Pierre

Board Member

Thaina R. Pierre has been in Jericho for almost 20 years. She is the mother of 3 children. She’s a strong advocate for youths and families facing poverty. She is an Adolescent Medicine Doctor (Teen Doc), who is passionate about her work with adolescents. Thaina is happy to be a member of Jericho Cares. 

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Orit Swickle

Vice President

Orit Swickle is a proud Jericho resident for 39 years, a graduate of Jericho High School herself, and a mom of 3 children also in the district. Through the years she has helped with PTA events and activities, shared decision making teams, and has a variety of experience in sales, networking and fundraising. She loves music, theatre, languages, and spending time with her family. She is grateful to be a part of Jericho Cares, to help spread kindness and to bring any sort of comfort to others in need. 

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Tip Jalichan

Treasurer

Tip Jalichan is a proud mother of two boys in Jericho Schools.  Since moving to the area, she’s been an active member of the school community and has co-chaired numerous events as well as having served on the PTA and SEPTA boards.  She loves traveling to see how people live in different parts of the world and learning their cultures.  She considers it a privilege to be able to bring her business skills to help Jericho Cares better serve people in the community.

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Joyce Granville

Board Member

Joyce Granville has lived in Jericho for 37years. She has 4 children who have all attended  Jericho Schools. Joyce has served on the Cantiague PTA as well as the George Jackson PTA and has chaired various committees.  She currently works as a supervisor for an Alarm Company.  She loves reading and cooking in her free time. Joyce considers being part of Jericho Cares as a privilege to help others.