South Florida Military and Government Families to Get a Helping Hand from NVEEE April 10

First Lady Michelle Obama Inspires National Voices for Equality, Education, and Enlightenment to Raise Consciousness of the Obstacles Facing Military Personnel
By: Charles Jones
March 15, 2011 - PRLog -- FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Answering the challenge to address the critical needs of struggling military families set by First Lady Michelle Obama, and Oprah Winfrey, National Voices for Equality, Education, and Enlightenment (NVEEE) will provide essential supplies to hundreds of South Florida military and government families during its “Pay It Forward for Heroes Project.” It will kick off with the “Dollar Dash Sale” on April 10 at the Soref Jewish Community Center in Plantation, Fla. where NVEEE organizers plan to overflow an entire gymnasium with donations targeting children such as furniture, strollers, clothing, shoes, toys and school supplies.

“This is a unique fundraiser in which raising money is not our goal,” said Jowharah Sanders, Founder and President of NVEEE. “These families are often forced to stretch their dollars, so want to make it easier on them by selling all of the available items for $1.00 each. We want to make a difference in our community by giving local military families access to critically needed supplies for their children.”

NVEEE is partnering with Lolliposh Consignment Sale & Bazaar to obtain the items for the Dollar Dash Sale. The organization plans to take its commitment to the Heroes Project to the next level by adopting two military families as suggested by Obama and Oprah Winfrey. NVEEE plans to solicit private donations from companies and individuals.

Sanders said she has taken a personal pledge to safeguard the success of this initiative.

“My grand father served in World War II, and my father who served in Vietnam is now a disabled veteran,” said Sanders. “My uncles served. My aunts served. My cousins are serving at this very moment. Although I serve my country in a different way, not a day goes by that I am not grateful for their tremendous sacrifice that allows all of us to have freedom. I thank First Lady Obama, Oprah Winfrey and NBC’s Tom Brokaw for awakening in me a fire to act - and act now.”

Sanders added that undoubtedly there are thousands of children coping with isolation, missing their parents, but standing brave in the middle of it all. These families can now count on the services of NVEEE to offer their children mentoring and other means of support.

"They have done so much for us, so the least I can do is help cut the grass, help their kids with homework, take them to the park, go grocery shopping, or maybe even babysit,” said Jamiah Barber, a 13-year-old participant in NVEEE’s peer-to-peer mentoring program. “There has to be something even someone my age can do to pay it forward. My mentor always tells me to pay it forward. Finally, I understand what she means."

More details about the Dollar Dash Sale:

April 10, 2011
9:30 a.m – 5:00 p.m

The Levin Gymnasium
The Soref JCC
6501 West Sunrise Blvd.
Plantation, FL

Participant Registration:
Free, by families must register through a partnering organization. To register your agency or get more details, please visit


NVEEE’s mission is to provide support services to youths and families affected by bullying, violence, and suicide, through preventative education and communication. For more information, visit

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