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About us

Mission

To create a fun and memorable birthday experience for children in homeless and domestic violence shelters

What we do

  • Host parties for children at shelters

  • Provide a Birthday-in-a-Box for the mom or shelter to provide the birthday memory

  • Offer the mom or shelter the option to shop for a child’s birthday gift from our Amazon Wish List

  • Offer gifts to new moms who give birth while in the shelter

  • Deliver a Birthday-in-a-Class for the birthday child to share treats with their classmates

A staged photoshoot image of the contents of a "birthday box," including the card game UNO and some

A staged photoshoot image of the contents of a "birthday box," including the card game UNO and some

A staged photoshoot image of a "birthday box" package, including Spiderman action figure and toys

A staged photoshoot image of a "birthday box" package, including Spiderman action figure and toys

Young black boy wearing Incredible Hulk t-shirt and putting on a party hat with a big smile

Young black boy wearing Incredible Hulk t-shirt and putting on a party hat with a big smile

How we started

While volunteering at a homeless shelter, Rolanda Finch noticed several children running around. She asked the director, “How do they celebrate their birthdays?” He explained, with some embarrassment, that because of limited resources, nothing is done. Rolanda felt these children deserved the same enjoyment she remembered from birthdays as a child. Rolanda loves to celebrate her birthday. It’s September 14, and she celebrates during the entire month of September! So, she started hosting birthday parties at the shelter.

She soon had quite the reputation, and the children in the shelter would get excited whenever the “birthday lady” arrived to make them smile on their special day. Unfortunately, that shelter closed after a few months, but Rolanda was determined to continue bringing smiles to children in homeless and domestic violence shelters. In 2014, It’s Your Birthday, Inc. was born!

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Rolanda Finch

Founder & Chief Birthday Officer

Meet our Board

President

Open

Jittuan Allen

Volunteer since 2020

Executive Office Administrator

Boeing

Tamara Swanson

Volunteer since 2018

Healthy Start Case Manager

SIHF Healthcare

Vice President

Attallah Sinclair

Volunteer since 2020

Principal Consultant

Slalom

Taylor Gadus

Volunteer since 2023

Student

Towanna Tindall

Volunteer since 2022

Founder & Principal Solutionist

IvyLink Consulting

Treasurer

Jeff Lefton

Volunteer since 2015

Vice President, Digital Marketing

Psychological Associates

Thad James

Volunteer since 2015

Owner

Sammy J Balloons

Secretary

Vickie Henson

Volunteer since 2019

Chief Collaboration Officer

2nd Thought Communications

Arnita Jones

Volunteer since 2020

District Manager

Safelite AutoGlass

Meet our Leadership Council

Niki Allen

Chief Information Technology & Operations Officer, Boeing

Nicole Roach

Assistant to the President Saint Louis University

Garon Holman

Civil Rights Unit Manager Officer of Professional Standards - Missouri Department of Corrections

John Vance

Retired

Natalie Jablonski

Director of Communications,
Schnucks Markets

Dave Peacock

Chief Operating Officer,
Continental Grain

Meet our Birthday Squad

Volunteers with  Jack and Jill of America -- St. Clair County 

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