The Chillicothe Jaycees believes that "service to humanity is the best work of life." This is not only our motto, it is also the base from which our organization is built. Below are a few of the community projects in which the Jaycees are involved.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowl for Kids
The Jaycees love to sponsor other charitable organizations! Each year the Jaycees sponsor a team to bowl in the "Bowl for Kids Sake" event sponsored by Big Brothers and Big Sisters. We always have a lot of fun!
Chillicothe Easter Egg Hunt
Thousands of plastic eggs filled with candy and prizes are hidden all over Yoctangee Park. Hundreds and hundreds of children partake in the annual Chillicothe Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt every year. While the project takes weeks to set up, all the eggs are found in a matter of minutes. When you see the excited looks on the children's faces though, the effort is well worth the time spent!
Special Santa 5K
New in July 2015 the Jaycees started a 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Special Santa project as well as our other local community activities such as the Easter Egg Hunt and the Halloween Parade. The race results can be found here.
Held in either May or September in the Yoctangee Park City Pool Parking Lot. The bike races are for tricycles to bicycles. Ages are generally up to 12. Children are put in division by age, bike type and gender. Each division lines up in lanes and first to finish is the winner.
The Jaycees hold a series of golf tournaments every year to help raise funds for our organization. We usually host three annual tournaments. The Dan and Mike Golf Outing which is the first tournament of the year. The Summer Golf Tournament is our biggest tournament usually consisting of 30-40 four man teams in a golf scramble format. The Day/Night Golf Tournament is a favorite in scramble format. Teams play nine hole in the daylight and nine hole at night with glow-in-the-dark golf balls.
Movies in the Park
Held in the summer, the Jaycees show a children's feature movie at dusk in Yoctangee Park. All are invited for this free performance.
Community Day Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
Open to individuals, teams, amateurs and professionals, this sidewalk chalk art contest if fun for the whole family.
Held the last Saturday in October in downtown Chillicothe. The Jaycees handle everything in the Halloween parade from entry forms, line up, naming the parade contest, Jr. & Grand Marshal, dignitary’s cars, float & costume judging to set up and clean up. The Evening Lions help with lining up entrants on the day of the parade.
The Special Santa project is one of our most popular projects. The Jaycees have a separate committee dedicated to this project. Every Christmas, trees with the names of needy children and put on Christmas trees in public restaurants and venues. People from the community grab and ornament with a kids name on it from our tree and buy gifts for that particular child and then return the gift to the place where they got the ornament. Thousands of kids are able to open up presents at Christmas time because of this project. This is a 501(c)3 which means that all gifts are tax deductible for this project.
Any donations for the Special Santa project can be mailed to: Chillicothe Jaycees Special Santa Project, P.O. Box 6186, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601-6186