119: The Journey Behind the Business with Ray Nell Jones


In this episode, I am talking to Ray Nell Jones, ESSENCE Essential Hero honoree, Philanthropist, Social Entrepreneur, and Mommy Influencer. Ray Nell Jones has created a safe haven for single mothers to find refuge, empowerment, and community through her 501c3 award-winning nonprofit, The Allignment Chapter based in Pittsburgh, PA. The organization’s mission is to help provide economical and emotional relief and resources for low-income single mothers and their children.

Recognized by celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Lena Dunham, and more, Ray Nell and The Allignment Chapter have served thousands of single mothers throughout the country during the pandemic.

The nonprofit was launched in November 2019 and was inspired by Ray Nell’s personal journey of poverty and hardship of becoming a single mother at the age of 19 due to domestic violence and during her second year in college. As a single mother, she was compelled to do anything it took to take care of her family, which led to pursuing financial literacy and resourceful tactics, such as couponing. This led to acquiring thousands of stockpile items such as feminine hygienic supplies, diapers, soap, laundry detergent amongst many other necessities for her and her family. Due to building authentic relationships with other single mothers and realizing the power of vulnerability, community, and connection, Ray Nell used the stockpile units to help fill the needs around her and began to giveaway packages of the supplies to single mothers within her community. As the pandemic hit, her outreach and service expanded nationally amongst over 7,600 women, across 85 communities within 29 states. Join us as we discuss the journey behind the business.

Find out more about The Allignment Chapter

You can find The Allignment Chapter on Instagram and Facebook

Listen to The Allignment Chapter Podcast 

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