The Hobart Jaycees were established on May 5th, 1950, through the United States Junior Chamber(Jaycees). Over the last 65 years the Hobart Jaycees Chapter, a non-profit organization, has been serving our community while helping others through volunteering.
We run annual projects, along with a variety of smaller projects throughout the year where our efforts and time are spent in giving it back to our community. Our mainstay projects include the Annual Easter Egg Hunt in the spring at Festival Park, where children gather for the egg hunt and pictures with the Easter Bunny. We also gather as a group in the spring for the “Adopt a Highway” and “Adopt a River” programs.
In June we participate in “Relay for Life” for the American Cancer Society. We are also known for our Jaycee Fest held the weekend of July 4th, where local and national music acts have performed over the years. With the help of numerous sponsors, our Mud Volleyball Tournament benefits St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Camp about Face. During the City of Hobart’s Lakefront Festival, we’ve run a variety of projects throughout the years to help raise money and give back to the local community. And in December the chapter sells Christmas trees to raise money to take deserving children shopping for Christmas.
The United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) gives young people between the ages of 21 and 40 the tools they need to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training, community service, and international connections. Established in 1920 to provide opportunities for young men to develop personal and leadership skills through service to others, the Jaycees later expanded to include women, reflecting the growing influence and leadership of women in America. For the past 83 years, Jaycees have been a force for good in America and around the world. Jaycees helped establish Airmail services in America with Jaycee Charles Lindbergh, and have raised millions of dollars for causes such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the March of Dimes. They have built parks, playgrounds, hospitals, ball fields, and housing for the elderly while conducting service and support programs in thousands of communities nationwide. Jaycees can be found in all walks of life: governmental leaders such as past Presidents Bill Clinton & Gerald Ford, business tycoons such as Domino’s Pizza mogul Tom Monaghan, registered nurse and former Miss America Kaye Lani Rae Rafko-Wilson, sports heroes like basketball great Larry Bird, name the field and Jaycees can be found at the forefront. With the focus of the nation on volunteerism, from the smallest towns to the largest cities, the Jaycees are enlarging areas of opportunity for young people.