WESTPORT, Conn. — On the heels of her center-stage appearance at the star-studded Academy Awards, actress and Save the Children’s Artist Ambassador Jennifer Garner is shifting the spotlight to kids.
Save the Children recently announced Garner has joined the global non-profit’s board of trustees, deepening her commitment to issues affecting children in America and around the world.
Committed to a six-year term as one of 30 members of the organization’s board, Garner joins the likes of former ABC News president David Westin, former chairman of the Xerox Corporation Anne Mulcahy and ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts.
As Artist Ambassador, Garner brought Save the Children’s early childhood development and literacy programs to her home state, West Virginia, where more than a quarter of children live below the poverty line. She has advocated on Capitol Hill on behalf of the organization and traveled to California’s Central Valley, Kentucky and West Virginia to see the effects of poverty first-hand.
“In my new role with Save the Children, I hope to make an even bigger difference in the lives of children right here in America and around the world,” said Garner, who was born in Houston, Texas but raised in Charleston and currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif., with her family. “All children, whether they are born into poverty or affluence, have the right to grow up healthy, learn and make something of their lives.”
“Jennifer Garner brings not only star power but also a wealth of knowledge, experience and unmatched compassion to our organization,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “She is an avid advocate for early childhood education programs in the United States and we look forward to expanding her role within our organization.”
In West Virginia, Save the Children operates education-based programs in partnership with local elementary schools in five counties. The organization works with Iaeger Elementary, Bradshaw Elementary and Welch Elementary schools in McDowell County; Spencer Elementary and Geary Elementary Middle schools in Roane County; Beale Elementary School in Mason County; Spring Hill Elementary School in Cabell County; and Arnoldsbourg Elementary School in Calhoun County.