JLJ Community Projects
Melanie Hataway, Community Vice President
Welcome to the Junior League of Jackson’s Community page and thank you for your interest in the work of our volunteers. Community is, in part, defined as joint ownership or participation. The Junior League of Jackson has embraced that definition and has been committed to improving our community for over 70 years. Our 2,300-plus Active, Provisional, and Sustaining members contribute more than 30,000 hours per year by volunteering on one of our thirty-two community projects or by serving on one of our in-League Committees that support our operations. The League has done everything from pack backpacks with books and food, to leading the campaign for the state’s only children’s hospital and most recently, opening Mississippi’s only children’s museum. It has been our privilege to be a part of each and every endeavor.
The Junior League of Jackson, in an effort to focus on meaningful change in the community, moved to an issue-based community impact model in 2012. This model involves identifying current needs in the community and connecting our membership to those needs. Members voted on a list of specific needs identified by a community impact task force. The five key areas in which our membership would like to see our League concentrate its efforts are: early literacy, teenage pregnancy prevention, nutrition, physical fitness, and social and emotional wellness. Using this model will translate to greater impact on our children and youth, and will allow us to better articulate how we are working to improve our community. We are excited to move this model forward this year and will be working with our current and future community partners to ensure projects meet these critical areas in our community.
As we move into a new League year, we are thrilled to be continuing partnerships with organizations like the University of Mississippi Medical Center that have yielded historic projects like Rockin’ Mamas, a project directed towards loving the most vulnerable and tiniest in the community, and REACH Night, an outlet for children receiving medical care at the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. We are also excited to announce a new partnership with Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth. This partnership has opened the door to two new projects, P.A.L.S. Makeover and P.A.L.S. Summer Camp. Located at the P.A.L.S. (Preparing Adolescents for Living Successfully) transitional home, these new projects will work with the residents to provide renovated living spaces and offer life skills training for living independently.
Without a doubt, the service that our JLJ Volunteers provide is definitely making a difference in the lives of many, from Arts in Motion Summer Camp to the Jackson Public Schools Mini-Grants, from Midtown Backpacks to connecting non-profits through Community Outreach. The Junior League of Jackson’s Provisional, Active and Sustaining members are proof that one volunteer, reaching one child, can make the difference in our community!
Thank you again for your interest in the work of the Junior League of Jackson and thank you to our volunteers, community partners, and JLJ supporters!
Community Project Proposals: Click here for more information.