Positive Impulse

The Youth Board of the Gaines-Jones Education Foundation

 Mission ~ “Helping others locally and globally.”


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Volunteering with homeless children


 Positive Impulse’s History

In January 2008, the “GJEF Junior Board of Directors” was founded by Miranda Irene Jones Roehrick and Katrina Lee Callas. We voted to make local homelessness the focus of our first project. During 2008-2009, we gave 80 Backpack Carekits filled with toiletries & personal items to residents of Homeward Bound of Marin’s New Beginnings Center, a shelter and job training program for homeless adults at Hamilton Field in Novato, California.

For our 2010 projects we raised $2,100 through a letter writing campaign and received a $500 grant from the Marin Charitable Association. With these funds we gave 100 School Backpack Kits to Hamilton School in Novato, and several farm animals to impoverished families globally through Heifer International.

On April 11, 2010 in the Roehrick family garage, we set up a backpack assembly line with school supplies. The picture to the right shows some of the Jr. Board members with backpacks full and ready for delivery! In the summer of 2011 we traveled to southern California for the first ever Youth on Board Conference where junior boards of other foundations met for three days, coming from all parts of the country. Two Positive Impulse members—Miranda R. and Sahar—served all year on the Leadership Team, planning the next conference. Then, in June of 2012, we returned for the 2nd annual.This was an awesome opportunity to further our education of how the philanthropic world works, meet other teens (and younger kids) doing what we do. Keep reading and scrolling down to see pictures from the YPC conferences.

4/22/10 School Backpack Care Kits delivered to Hamilton School. L-R: Sally Carbonaro, Anita & Miranda Roehrick.

Positive Impulse is seeking new members! Ages 13-17. GO here to download an application. Complete and mail to: GJEF Positive Impulse,  P.O. Box 3016, Novato, CA 94948 ~ OR ~ scan and email to: info@gaines-jones.org.








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Thanks for dropping by…come back soon!  ~ Positive Impulse