JPF’s focus is to improve the quality of life for all people in need in rural and urban areas of the United States. Providing capacity building in distressed areas, contributing to the aid of national disasters and training individuals and small businesses on how to grow their businesses with the federal government have been the foundation’s core strength.
The History of The Honorable Josephine Palmer Josephine Cunningham Palmer was born on June 12, 1906 in Union, South Carolina to Matilda and Bennie Cunningham and is the ninth child of fourteen children. She received her early Christian education at New Hope A.M.E. Church in Union, South Carolina. Josephine married Curtis Palmer on January 10, 1929 in Union, South Carolina where they lived for a brief period before relocating to Washington, DC in 1935. In the District of Columbia, Mrs. Palmer was led to join Galbraith A.M.E. Zion Church under the pastorate of Reverend James White. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer later became members of Contee A.M.E. Church where her career began. Mrs. Palmer was a very active woman in her church and in her community where she focused on those in need. Mrs. Palmer never ran across a problem or individual that she did not have the desire to help or find solutions to their problems or situations. Mrs. Palmer was a volunteer of thirty-five years at D.C. General Hosipal where she was a candy striper. She was also selected as the missionary women’s society chairman in which she served for many years coordinating trips, activities and social events tied to the community until the death of her husband, Curtis Palmer in December 17, 1970. On December 10, 1989, Mrs. Palmer received a special recognition from Contee A.M.E. Zion Church titled, “Outstanding and Dedicated Service Award”. Mrs. Palmer was also a member of The Eagle Club at Dinwiddie Institute of the A.M.E. Zion Church; a community outreach organization dedicated to providing transportation to seniors. President Clinton Honor Outstanding Service
In 1999, Mrs. Palmer was blessed to be acknowledged by President Clinton for years of service to her community. Mrs. Palmer gave unselfishly to all without ever receiving any government assistance. Mrs. Palmer gave to the disadvantaged, fed the homeless, taught the youth; young adults and taught them with many life skills that could enhance their way of life. May 31, 2003, Mrs. Palmer was given the lifetime achievement award by NTT Solutions, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi.
Mrs. Palmer had a zeal for life that brightened and touched the lives of all she met. She continued to bond with her family at the annual Cunningham family reunions in which she loved so much. Ms. Palmer always believed in helping and in need that was her saying. Trusting God and He will direct your path.
Mr. & Mrs. James E. Selmon, III- Chair/Co-Chair
The Mission of The Josephine Palmer Foundation is to improve the quality of life in rural and urban areas for at-risk youth and young adults. Our mission is to also provide opportunities that will lead to potentially bright and safe futures for all those in need.
The gallery below are locations that JPF has been a first responders or volunteer.
Martha Monteith- The first recipient of a JPF Lifetime Achievement award.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
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