Celebrating Triumph: Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for Thelma D. Jones

Thelma D. Jones. Courtesy of Fredo Vasquez


By Mike Goodman

As the country looks forward to celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – a day of service and “a day on, not a day off” – The Southwester sat down with one of our own community’s volunteer leaders, Thelma D. Jones. Jones was recently honored for her lifetime commitment to volunteer work, receiving the President Joseph R. Biden Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, commemorating over 4,000 community service hours. The President’s Volunteer Service Award, established in 2003 and led by AmeriCorps, recognizes the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity, and honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities throughout the country. There will be a reception honoring Jones on Saturday, Jan. 13 at Westminster Church (400 I Street, SW), hosted by the Board of Directors of the Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund (TDJBCF). All are welcome to attend.

Jones is known throughout the community for her work providing food to those in need, her founding of the Southwest-based TDJBCF, and her volunteer work with the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA), St. Augustine’s and Westminster Churches, and Southwest DC Action. The Southwester sat down with Jones to catch up on her latest efforts, ask her about the award, and get her thoughts about our community. The following are excerpts from that interview:

CELEBRATING TRIUMPH: A BENEFIT RECEPTION Honoring Thelma D. Jones, Founder, Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund (TDJBCF)

Hosting Sponsor – $2000
Jan Adams
President & CEO
Ideal Electrical Supply Corporation
TDJBCF Honorary Board Member

Platinum Community Champion – $1000

Dr. Margaret Scott-Graves
TDJBCF Board Member
Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID)

Silver Volunteer Ambassador – $500

Lenster J. Banks, Jr.
President & CEO
Kingsmen IT Security Consulting, LLC

Bronze Unity Supporter – $150

Scarlett Small
TDJBCF Board Secretary & Ambassador
Cheryl Shaw
Shaw Sales DC
Kenneth Poulard
Carla D. Williams, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health
Interim Director, Cancer Center
Howard University

Copper Impact Contributor – $100

Lisa Simms Booth
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
Kathy DeBoe
TDJBCF Assistant Treasurer & Ambassador
Peri Hamlin
Sylvia Jackson
Breast Cancer Survivor & TDJBCF Ambassador
Rodney Ross

Gold Community Advocate – $250
Gerald Brown
Interim President
World Bank-IMF Staff African American Association
Tina Boyd & Associates

In-Kind Donations
American Cancer Society
River Park
Nancy’s List

Media Sponsor
The Southwester

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