For Jennie it’s not a question of why did she start Cry4humanity, it’s a statement of why not. Prior to the passion of serving the people of Sierra Leone, Schwartz has always found that giving time to those in need can be very rewarding. As a young girl, Jennie cared for an elderly neighbor, and a lasting impression was made while volunteering at the St. Louis Crisis Nursery during her senior year of high school. Schwartz and her husband have welcomed multiple children into their home as licensed foster parents and are living happily with three children of their own, the oldest child is adopted.
When Schwartz began communicating with co-founder Alhaji Jalloh, a resident of Makeni Sierra Leone, she took full advantage of the chance to learn about the African culture and hardships. The opportunity to converse with Jalloh, a survivor of tremendous crisis, is extremely humbling.
“Everyone has a choice in life. You can choose to ignore the cry of those near and far, pretending they don’t exist, or you can choose to suit up for battle, open your heart and fight for humanity” – Jennie
Alhaji Amadu Jalloh
As our Community Relations Director, Alhaji takes tremendous pride in helping the people in his community. He is a survivor of both the Sierra Leone civil war and the Ebola virus epidemic. Having an individual that can relate to the people we strive to help is a huge blessing for Cry4Humanity. Jalloh wears many hats: school teacher, humanitarian, and resource worker are just a few of his titles! Currently, Alhaji is our only contact in Sierra Leone and manages every project performed.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Laura is excited to be a part of the Cry4humanity team. She has always wanted to be able to reach those in desperate need of help. She is constantly motivated and inspired by Jennie and Alhaji’s devotion to the poor and sick of Sierra Leone. Laura fell in love with the beautiful faces and smiles of the Sierra Leoneans. Laura is helping C4H recipients through her story telling work on Donorsee and managing all other fundraisers. In addition to her work with Cry4humanity, Laura is a Court Appointed Child Advocate (CASA) volunteer. Laura is a wife, mother of two energetic boys, and a full-time structural engineer. She has been gifted with a supportive family and wants to pay her blessings forward. “Every child deserves a champion-adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” Rita Pierson
Gene Mazzuca is happy to serve as the Program Manager of Cry4Humanity. He has been a huge supporter of Cry4Humanity’s Founder and the initial projects that laid the foundation for the creation of Cry4Humanity. Gene is a retired businessman who owned and operated an auto body shop in St. Louis City for 20+years. Gene is pleased to be able to share his business experience and community connections to further the work of Cry4Humanity. Gene is married with two adult daughters and 6 grandchildren. When he’s not working to support Cry4Humanity, Gene enjoys spending time with his family and relaxing at the Lake of the Ozarks.
“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.” Jim Rohn
Katie Weintraub is thrilled to join the Cry4Humanity family as our Development Director. Katie has her masters in social work and has spent the majority of her career working to support older adults. She’s worked in long-term care, community mental health and currently directs a small non-profit that offers home and community-based services for seniors. Katie is happy to share her experience in non-profit management and fundraising with Cry4Humanity. Katie is married and has two young daughters. She is passionate about helping others and looks forward to seeing how the work of Cry4Humanity will transform lives.
“Only a life lived in service to others is a life worth living” ~ Albert Einstien