How We Help
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Cooks and Books at Family Scholar House
Family Scholar House is an organization that assists single parents in obtaining a four-year college degree in order to break the cycle of poverty. The “Cooks” component of the project focuses on coordinating cooking classes with a local chef who educates Family Scholar House residents on healthy cooking techniques with new recipes each session. The “Books” component emphasizes the importance of reading to children by hosting a regular children’s book club in which a selected book is read aloud and children participate in a related activity.
The Urban Garden committee is one of the strong support mechanisms of our health and wellness initiative. Objectives include providing fresh produce for underserved populations, teaching urban dwellers how to plant and maintain a vegetable garden, and creating opportunities for children and families to play an active role in creating healthy lifestyles and habits. Current gardens are located at Volunteers of America and Family Scholar House, and we intend to establish a new garden at St. Joseph’s Children’s Home. At each location, we help maintain the garden and work with residents to show the value of healthy, sustainable foods. Other activities include working with other organizations with similar goals of increasing awareness of healthy eating and enrichment activities for committee members including garden tours.
Done in a Day
Done-in-a-Day (DIAD) is a long-standing JLL project with a rich history of serving agencies and non-profit entities that carry on traditions of past JLL projects. DIAD offers frequent, flexible “hands on” volunteer opportunities completed in one day, including capital restoration projects, direct client services, and strategic planning activities. DIAD events occur three concentrated “Junior League Weeks of Service,” one of which will include the Mayors Week of Service in the Spring. During these weeks, Junior League members provide in almost 500 hours of community service to various non-profit organizations around the area. Each DIAD Week of Service includes one “Signature Event” intended to provide a significant, long standing contribution to an area organization.
Strive & Thrive Breast Cancer Project
Strive & Thrive is one of the Junior League’s longest running programs. Previously, Strive & Thrive focused on increasing public awareness and education on early detection of breast cancer and providing outreach and support networks to recently diagnosed women. This year, Strive & Thrive is expanding their impact by working with various cancer-affiliated groups and other health-focused programs.
Stand Up for Girls at Maryhurst
Maryhurst is an organization that helps children who have been victims of abuse and neglect by providing housing, education, and health and wellness services. This committee is dedicated to mentoring young girls between the ages of 11-18 through monthly activities at the residential program at Maryhurst.
Provisional Projects provides new members an opportunity to see how Junior League projects are conceived, organized, and executed. This Fall, there will be two provisional projects: Noogiefest and Holidays Around the World. Noogiefest is a Halloween event that Junior League puts on for children at Gilda’s Club. Gilda’s Club is an organization that provides support services for those diagnosed with cancer and their families. Holidays Around the World is a new provisional project this year. Junior League will work with Boys and Girls Haven to host an event that provides both education and fun for the children at Boys and Girls Haven as we host an event that will feature games and activities related to different holiday traditions in other countries. Boys and Girls Haven is an organization that provides services to abused, abandoned, and neglected children, including residential services, education, and early intervention with families.
Community Research and Development
The Community Council is always looking for areas of need in our community. The Community Research and Development committee helps conduct research within the community, as well as among Junior League membership to help determine new Junior League service projects.