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IdaMae Family Foundation, Inc.’s mission is to address the needs of the community by offering programs and philanthropic activities that will enhance the quality of life by creating opportunities for lifelong learning, personal growth and development, and preservation of the community culture. The IdaMae Family Foundation, Inc. limits its major giving, programs, and services to the targeted areas in the surrounding communities of Castalia Heights in Memphis, Tennessee and communities in and around Auburn Gresham and Washington Heights in Chicago, Illinois.

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In carrying out the mission of the IdaMae Family Foundation, the organization shall seek to accomplish the following goals:

 

  • Provide charitable contributions in support of the community and its residents.

  • Offer educational and self-awareness forums to aid in the personal growth and development of neighborhood youth and young adults.

  • Support activities that help to retain community culture and improve community relations.

  • Provide educational and social programs that aid in the benefit of senior citizens.

Our Goals

Our Mission

Board of Directors

Founded and Led by Offspring and Descendants of Ida Mae

Aka "Cali"

Carlisa Brown, MSN, RN
Secretary
Quality Healthcare Regisered Nurse
Granddaughter

Aka "FUBU"

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Mareno Myers, Jr., AA
Board Member
Stock Associate
Great Grandson

Aka "Auntie"

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Rita X. Myers, M.Ed
President/Board Chairperson
Retired Higher Education Administrator
Daughter

Aka "SON"

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Mareno Myers
Vice President
Retired Pepsico Driver
Grandson

Aka "TJ"

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Aka "Baby D"

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Erica Thornton, BSc
Treasurer
Trust Reporting Analyst
Granddaughter

Aka "Big Ced"

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Cedric Bryson, BA
Board Member
Airline Gate Agent
Grandson

Timothy Thornton, BA
Board Member
Self-Employed Entrepreneur
Grandson

 
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ALL PROGRAMS/EVENTS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE

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Programs Offered

The Foundation host 2-3 programs each year

Thanksgiving Programs

  • Distribute Thanksgiving turkeys and winter coats to needy residents of the community.

Partnership Program with Grammar and High Schools

  • Provide onsite and on-going financial literacy and college preparation seminars for grammar and high school students.

Community Outreach

  • Collaborate with other non-profit organizations to provide community-wide programs that benefit youth and senior citizens.

Senior Spa and Pamper Party

  • Host senior Women Pamper and Spa Party to rejuvenate the soul and spirit.

Annual Youth Conference

  • Two-day Student Success and Leadership Conference bringing together students from various high schools featuring workshops on entrepreneurship, college prep, self discovery, goal setting, professional development, and more. 

Ida Mae's Clothes Closet

  • Donations for women and children that reside in shelters or those who are victims of domestic violence