JLJ Community Projects
Missye Martin, Community Vice President
The Junior League of Jackson has strived for more than 70 years to create effective change in the Metro-Jackson community. In addition to the direct service of our volunteers, the League improves our community by promoting voluntarism and developing the potential of women. Our 2,400-plus Active, Provisional, and Sustaining Members contribute more than 50,000 hours each year to improve our community. Whether that time is spent on one of our thirty-two Community Projects or by providing operational support on one of our In-League Committees, our volunteers work together ensure the League has a lasting and sustainable impact in Metro-Jackson.
Over the years the League has done everything from opening the Carver Branch Library (the first Jackson public library open to African Americans), leading the campaign for the state’s only children’s hospital, opening Mississippi’s only children’s museum, to helping third graders read on grade level, packing backpacks with nutritious foods for children living in food deserts right here in Jackson for the weekend, and helping teens build self-esteem and make positive life choices. These projects enrich not only the lives of those served, but also of our volunteers as well.
The Junior League of Jackson, in an effort to have a deeper more enduring impact on the Jackson area, 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 identified five key areas in which our League concentrates its efforts: early literacy, teenage pregnancy prevention, nutrition, physical fitness, and social and emotional wellness. Using this model will translate to a 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 continue to move this model forward this year in conjunction with our current and future community partners to meet these critical needs and transform our community one step forward together at a time.
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, now in its 35th year. We are also excited to announce a new partnership with Youth Villages in which our volunteers will provide monthly fun and interactive activities that teach vital life skills for the children at Youth Villages, while their foster parents are receiving support and training from the Youth Villages staff.
The Junior League of Jackson’s Provisional, Active and Sustaining Members are proof that working together we can move our community forward.
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.