New Day Camp
Lew McGinnis has worked as a real estate investor in Oklahoma for more than 50 years. In his free time, Lew McGinnis is actively involved in his Oklahoma community through groups and organizations such as the Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministry (CJAMM), where he serves as the finance chairman.
The mission of CJAMM is to break the generational cycle of prison by reuniting prison inmates with their families and providing care for the children of parents serving jail time. One of the ministries offered by CJAMM is New Day Camp, a place for children with one or more parents serving time.
The goal of the camp is to provide an open and accepting area where children can express their hopes and dreams freely while taking part in Bible study. The children are separated into small groups, each with an adult supervisor. In the groups, the children participate in activities such as counseling, worship, and arts and crafts.
The children also play games designed to improve self-confidence and teamwork. Outdoor activities include swimming and canoeing in Lake Texoma.
Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministry
Lew McGinnis, a real estate investor and lifelong entrepreneur, traces his success to his early teenage years when he began collecting and refurbishing produce boxes. At the age of 16, he sold his business and began a life of investing in real estate and other ventures. Lew McGinnis has volunteered his time and expertise at a large number of charitable organizations and currently is the finance chairman of the Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministry (CJAMM), an outreach of the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church.
People recently released from the prison system face enormous challenges. As they attempt to reintegrate into society, many experience difficulties finding jobs and housing. They also often face ongoing legal struggles and barriers to securing reliable transportation.
CJAMM works diligently to help people overcome these challenges and break the cycle of prison, addiction, and criminal behavior. CJAMM provides basic housing, operating two Exodus House projects.
At an Exodus House facility, newly released individuals can live in fully furnished apartments for six months while they secure employment and adjust to their new lives. The Exodus House staff helps residents reunite with their families and cope with common problems.
Lew McGinnis is the owner of a real estate investment firm he founded in Nichols Hills, Oklahoma, more than 50 years ago. Outside of his work in real estate investment, Lew McGinnis has been involved in a diverse range of charitable causes, including literacy tutoring, volunteering with underprivileged children, and fundraising for hospitals.
Along with the direct positive impact that volunteer work has on people in need, becoming active in charitable initiatives also provides a collection of personal benefits for those who donate their time and effort. For example, according to a study conducted by the London School of Economics, individuals who participated in charity work were more likely to classify themselves as very happy compared to those who did not volunteer time to charitable causes.
Buoying this stronger sense of personal satisfaction is the fact that people who engage in charitable work often find themselves surrounded by other volunteers who share their values, providing them with the opportunity to interact socially and connect with others. Learning from and contributing to causes alongside like-minded individuals has the potential to lead to more genuine connections, creating a stronger sense of community and overall higher levels of contentedness.
Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries
In addition to his decades-long career in real estate, Lew McGinnis has also been an outspoken advocate in the area of criminal justice reform. Through his work with Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries, he has helped former inmates in Oklahoma and throughout the country break the cycles of imprisonment and addiction.
One of the hidden costs of incarceration is damage to the family, and Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries reaches out to the children of incarcerated parents through its New Day Camp. Children with at least one incarcerated parent can attend these camps, which last less than a week during the summer, and spend time with other children in similar situations.
Much of the time at camp is spent in small group activities. During these activities, young people develop friendships and interact with one another. They also study Christian tradition through worship and spiritual activities. Group counseling and medical care are also available. For children who are unprepared for camp, Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries operates a camp store, where children can receive new clothes or shoes to replace missing, improperly-sized, or worn-out camping gear.
Paper Airplane Contest
Developer and entrepreneur Lew McGinnis has spent a lifetime investing in residential properties in the state of Arizona. Lew McGinnis’ philanthropic work includes support of the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona.
One of the largest privately funded organizations of its kind, the Pima Air and Space Museum exhibits more than 300 aircraft. Its mission is to maintain the history of air and space flight. As part of this goal, the museum offers several special programs, one of which is the Great Paper Airplane Fly-Off. The next Fly-Off will take place in April 2017.
The event is open to children age six through 14. Contestants construct an airplane from one 8-1/2” x 11” sheet of 20-weight paper and throw it in competition for the furthest flight. A Guinness World Record holder for paper airplane flight instructs the children in folding and throwing their planes.
The winners in each of three age subgroups get to enjoy an hour-long flight over Tucson. Everyone is eligible to win door prizes, including another tour of Tucson by air, plus tickets to NASCAR races and Mars chocolate candy. Further information and registration is available at www.greatpaperairplane.org.
An experienced real estate investor, Lew McGinnis also has a long history of philanthropic activity and community volunteerism. Lew McGinnis formerly served as director of the Pima Air and Space Museum.
Opened in 1976 and located in Tucson, Arizona, the Pima Museum has grown to become one of the world’s largest aviation and space museums not funded by a government. It features more than 300 historical aircrafts and hosts a variety of programs and events.
A STEM program designed to get kids excited about math and science, Pima’s Soarin’ Saturdays takes a hands-on approach to imparting valuable instruction about flight and aerospace topics. The focus of the program changes throughout the month. For example, the first Saturday of each month is devoted to model airplane building while the second concentrates on rocketry experimentation. The program’s Young Flyers Fun session occurs on the fourth Saturday of each month, with an encore session offered the fourth Wednesday of each month.
Held in the Space Gallery Classroom, Soarin’ Saturdays sessions are always free with admission and require parent participation. They last approximately 90 minutes.
Real estate investor and entrepreneur Lew McGinnis is the owner of a real estate investment firm located in Nichols Hills, Oklahoma. Over the years, Lew McGinnis has also held leadership roles with a number of art and cultural institutions, including Arizona Opera, which he served as director.
Currently in its 44th season, Arizona Opera produces a wide variety of opera, collaborative programs, and concerts in locations across the United States. Arizona Opera offers such community programs as the Sister Cities Festival, which showcases the unique cultural offerings of Arizona’s sister cities across the globe. In the same vein, Arizona Opera explores Western art at the Western Cultural Festival, which takes place in locations throughout Arizona.
Outside of its festivals, Arizona Opera encourages community members to remain in the theater after performances and interact with the cast and creative teams behind its productions. Community members can also receive a behind-the-scenes look at productions through a free lecture and music series at the Kerr Cultural Center and attend pre-performance lectures at Arizona Opera’s Phoenix and Tucson locations.
Lew McGinnis has served on numerous fundraising committees for many different hospitals in the Tucson, Arizona, area, including the United Jewish Hospital. He was a special trustee for a medical school and also served in many different capacities at Catholic Hospitals.
His dedication to the success of the Duarte, California, medical center, as well as his fundraising efforts and business expertise made such a difference for the hospital that the Tucson Chapter of the City of Hope honored him as Man of the Year. Even the dinner-dance held in Mr. McGinnis’ honor raised $50,000 to help Tucsonians needing assistance with medical bills related to catastrophic diseases.
Lew McGinnis has been involved in many successful business ventures since his childhood. With 56 years in the real estate development business, an unwavering dedication to the health and well-being of his community, and a passion for helping others, he continues to be a valuable citizen of Arizona.
Great Shave Off
With decades of experience as a real estate investor and entrepreneur, Lew McGinnis has owned a real estate investment firm since 1965. Dedicated to helping others, Lew McGinnis has held membership on boards at numerous institutions, including St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
Located in Phoenix, Arizona, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center offers patients a variety of health, social, and support services. Founded in 1895 by the Sisters of Mercy, the nonprofit facility also offers special advocacy for low-income individuals. In 2015, the hospital handled more than 28,000 admissions and more than 84,000 emergency room visits.
In November of 2015, members of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team and officials at the hospital stopped shaving to bring awareness for men’s health and cancer treatment. In December, participants gathered for the “Great Shave Off” at the new University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s to shear off the month-long growth. The effort, which raised $50,000 for the Cancer Center, was led by Derrick Hall, a prostate cancer survivor and the Diamondbacks president and chief executive officer.