About Us

J4J connects these children with extracurricular activities that create positive behaviors and nurture personal well-being. Children discover their creativity and talents through arts, crafts, performing arts, creative writing, athletics, fitness, and summer camps.

We recognize that Wilmington is fortunate to have many organizations that offer wholesome activities for children and does not seek to recreate or compete, but rather to fund access and provide support to existing opportunities for children who would otherwise not be able to participate.

J4J not only provides monetary support, but its members also seek to support each child by attending activities and encouraging a sense of self-worth.

J4J was created as a way to channel Patty Proutey’s grief into a vessel for good. She chose to create a foundation to honor Josh’s memory and help prevent future tragedies by giving at-risk children an opportunity to experience empowering activities and programs that they’re passionate about, and that show them the pathway to a better future.


Our promise to you: 

We will remain dedicated to providing an environment that respects diversity, ideas, and hard work.

We are a group of real people who simply believe that good can come from the tragic loss of Joshua Proutey.

We will aggressively seek out at-risk-children in need of a safety net by offering activities otherwise not affordable to them or their families.

We will pursue excellence in everything we do.  We will always provide the children the best we are able.

We will never lose sight of the significance of “ONE.” One more child reached.  One more life changed.  One more dream realized.   One is always greater than none.

We will give generously back to those we partner with in our community

We will not be deterred by personal agendas as we reach the children of this city.

Our only focus is on those we are trying to reach rather than those we are trying to impress.