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Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. Men & Women of Character, Org. emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. Established in 2014, we’re an organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support.


Men and Women of Character, Organization, a 501 c 3, a tax-exempt nonprofit organization in the metropolitan Trenton, NJ area, started as a "Saturday club" created by Donyale Thompson & her family in their home.  After several years of hosting the club from home, Donyale was invited to take on the role of youth advisor to a local nonprofit that was part of a national organization.  


Having had many successes as an advisor to the organization under the governance of the organization's local, state, and national bodies, Donyale, and her co-advisor, Sarah L. Warner saw the benefits of revamping the Saturday club and offering our programs and services to the Metropolitan Trenton Community.  Donyale and Sarah with the assistance of Chaneta R. Leonard decided it was time to branch out and start our own organization.


After considering names and working through our vision, Men and Women of Character Org. was formed and today our goal is to become a successful community service organization comprised of adult citizens of Trenton, New Jersey, who have a common goal of working with youth and seniors to form a better community, increase the peace and encourage community and personal growth.


We have created a model that will encourage our youth and seniors to get to know each other through collective works and activities.


Our mission is to provide programs and services which will help to support the youth and their families in our community. These may include after school tutoring, mentorship programs, job readiness training, health and wellness education, or financial literacy classes. We also hope to host the occasional special event or workshop each month that will focus on a particular theme or issue relevant to the local community. By providing these resources, we hope to empower youth and their families in our community by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to reach their full potential.


To improve our communities through youth empowerment by providing mentorship opportunities and teaching young people how to make positive contributions to their communities. We can also provide educational resources and support systems that will help equip them with the skills needed to make an impact. Community service activities such as volunteering, litter clean-up, or organizing food drives are great ways for youth to practice meaningful service in their own neighborhoods. Finally, collaborations between local businesses and organizations, government agencies, universities and schools can bring together many different stakeholders to create lasting change.


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Improve our communities through service

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Bridge the gap between senior citizens and youth

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Men & Women of Character, Org. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt & charitable organization. Our tax-exempt number is 46-4970554.  All Rights Reserved.

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