Junior League of Boca Raton, Inc. 2013-2014 Issues
The Junior League of Boca Raton, Inc. supports a wide variety of projects by providing funds and trained volunteers. The League’s present community issues include hunger, child welfare, and nonprofit support. Our volunteer work helps with these issues through the following programs.
CHOW Conquering Hunger Our Way
The CHOW Committee holds Sandwich Days to benefit Boca Helping Hands (BHH), Caring Kitchen, In the Pines, Faith Farms, Salvation Army, Farmworkers Coordinating Council of Palm Beach and the Youth Activity Center. Holiday food box drives are held and deliver to Caring Kitchen, In The Pines and First Foot Forward. CHOW worked with BHH to recover food from the South Beach Wine and Food Festival and helped sort, stack and palletize canned goods from National Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger Drive benefiting BHH. In a six week Cooking Matters course in conjunction with FLIPANY held at Dixie Manor, 12 residents graduate from the program. Throughout the year CHOW conducted a successful Hunger Games competition resulting in over 540 hours of community service.
The community garden is a special partnership between the Junior League of Boca Raton and the City of Boca Raton. JLBR is excited to give Boca Raton residents another beautiful creation reminiscent of the Children’s Museum, the Historical Society, and Town Hall built by JLBR in years past. The City of Boca Raton has entrusted JLBR to design and construct a community garden in vacant land near the library. The community garden will provide the city environmental sustainability, natural beautification, and a supplemental food source for Boca Helping Hands. Keep your eyes and ears open for more information on the progress of the community garden and ways to get involved. To learn more about the community garden visit their website, www.BocaRatonCommunityGarden.com.(Broken Link) To purchase a brick paver and for other naming opportunities for the garden click here.
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KITK (Kids in the Kitchen)
The Junior Leagues’ KITK (Kids in the Kitchen) is an Association-wide initiative of the Association of Junior Leagues International designed to help communities address the urgent issues surrounding childhood obesity and poor nutrition. By joining together to make an impact on the future health of our youth, the JLBR is committed to empowering today’s youth to make choices that help them lead healthy lives. JLBR’s KITK (Kids in the Kitchen) program illustrates the power of voluntarism to address community problems on both the grassroots and international levels, integrating their nutritional and physical education activities with disadvantaged children in our other community projects. To learn more about KITK (Kids in the Kitchen) visit their website,www.KidsInTheKitchen.ajli.org
Junior League of Boca Raton Diaper Bank
The Junior League of Boca Raton Diaper Bank was created to serve a huge need in our community. One in three American mothers struggle to provide enough diapers for their babies. Low income parents cannot take advantage of free or subsidized childcare if they cannot afford to leave a day’s supply of disposable diapers at the childcare center. Diapers are distributed on the third Saturday of each month at a partner organization location. To learn more about the JLBR Diaper Bank visit their website, www.JLBRDiaperBank.org. To purchase diapers for needy children in our community or to make a donation to this project click here.(Broken Link)
In The Pines 2005 and 2011 Community Impact Awards from Association of Junior Leagues International
The Junior League provides funding and volunteer support to improve the living conditions of agricultural workers and their families who reside at In the Pines North and South residences in western Delray Beach. Family members receive basic life skills training, after school homework help and participate in educational and recreational community activities. To learn more about this organization visit their website, www.InThePines.info.
Reading is the foundation for all academic learning. The Florence Fuller committee is reaching out to all the children of the Florence Fuller Centers who are falling behind and preventing the younger ones from ever being in that position. JLBR launched an intensive Literacy Enhancement program to add to Florence Fuller’s academic program. This program includes a Pen Pal Program, Storytelling classes, KidzLit Teacher trainings, and Family Reading Nights. To learn more about Florence Fuller visit their website,www.FlorenceFullerCenters.org.
Spirit of Giving Network (SOGN)
The Spirit of Giving committee serves as the liaison between the Junior League and more than 50 local nonprofit organizations participating in the nonprofit agency the Spirit of Giving Network, www.sognetwork.com. This committee coordinates the annual holiday gift drive which serves more than 3,000 children throughout our local community and they also assist in the Back to School Bash providing school supplies to local children in need. To learn more about SOGN visit their website, www.SOGNetwork.com.
Community Issues Research Committee
A team of JLBR members research new community project possibilities and determine their viability as a future project for the Junior League, as well as grow and develop the current community projects we service. The committee coordinates roundtable discussions and task force meetings with community leaders and local dignitaries to identify unmet community needs. To learn more about Community Issues Research Committee and how to apply to become one of the JLBR’s next projects click here.
Community Support Fund (CSF)
The Community Support Fund is the granting arm of the Junior League that allows community organizations within the Junior League’s service area to apply for grants up to $2,500 to assist in funding their programs and initiatives. To learn more about CSF and how your organization can apply for this grant Community Support Fund Application.
Done In A Day (DIAD)
The JLBR provides volunteer support to qualified agencies for short-term or one-day projects or events; referred to as Done-In-A-Day (DIAD) community service projects. DIAD events offer a wide range of rewarding volunteer experiences to JLBR members while providing a significant volunteer support service to community nonprofit organizations. To learn more about DIAD and how your organization can be considered for volunteer support click here.
Done In A Day (DIAD)
PA is an issue-oriented committee that advocates for community needs, League interests and for the focus areas of the State Public Affairs Committee. This project improves the JLBR’s ability to oversee attention and involvement in our League’s focus areas. Current focus areas are: Children aging out of the foster care system, Gender specific programming for girls in the juvenile justice system, Childhood obesity and nutrition, Booster seat requirements for children over the age of three, Human trafficking, Cyber crimes and cyber bullying, and the Guardian ad litem program.
Vegso Community Resource Center (VCRC)
2007 Vision Award from Association of Junior Leagues International
The Vegso Community Resource Center (VCRC) serves as a resource center for South County nonprofit organizations, enabling them to research funding opportunities without losing valuable staff time to travel. The Center’s grant library houses the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network core materials and other resources that may be useful to nonprofit organizations seeking funding and/or information about nonprofit management. The grant library is open to the public 40 hours per week. Specialized training workshops for nonprofits are offered by the Junior League of Boca Raton (JLBR) Nonprofit Training Committee in cooperation with such groups as the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and the Spirit of Giving Network. To learn more about upcoming workshops and how to register click here.
*For more information on any of the Junior League’s community projects contact us at 561-620-2553 or firstname.lastname@example.org.