Jessica Clarke joined COG to offer help in Iredell County
By Fran Farrer
STATESVILLE, NC – Jessica Clarke was watching the activities of the ladies of Circle of Giving, affectionately known as COG for years and finally decided this was the team for her.
Clarke said seeing the needs of so many in the community, and knowing there were individuals living without basic needs, joining COG was a great opportunity to get involved in helping others.
The enthusiasm of other local ladies helped to open her eyes to how much more could be done by working together.
An Iredell County resident living in Troutman, Clarke graduated from South Iredell High School, earned an Associates Degree in Information Technology from Mitchell Community College, and her B.A. in Health Information Systems from the University of Phoenix.
While obtaining both undergraduate and graduate degrees Clarke worked part-time at T.J. Maxx as temporary sales associate and did so well, was advanced to Assistant Manager and remains today.
She is the proud mother of two sons, Xavier Clarke, and Shantel Maddox. She continues to grow in her faith attending Refuge Church of Christ where her father is pastor.
Founded in 2010 Statesville native, Synetta Raye and nine friends, the mission of Circle of Giving is to increase membership at only $120.00 per year which allows the non-profit to help meet the needs of families or individuals during Christmas.
In addition, the ladies present scholarships to at least 4 or 5 area graduates each year.