JLJ Community Projects
Charlotte Seals, Community Vice President
At the heart of the Junior League of Jackson’s mission is improving our community. For over 70 years, our volunteers have continued to positively impact not only the Metro-Jackson area but the entire state of Mississippi. From opening the first Jackson Public Library for African Americans in the 1940’s to leading the campaign to build the state’s first and only Children’s Hospital in the 1980’s, the Junior League of Jackson is fervently committed to meeting the ever changing needs of our community. This is apparent most recently with the 2010 opening of the Mississippi Children’s Museum, a signature project of the Junior League of Jackson.
With a focus on children and youth, the 2012-2013 JLJ Community Projects continue to demonstrate our commitment to improving the lives of those we serve. Our 2,300 plus Active, Provisional, and Sustaining members contribute over 30,000 hours per year by volunteering on one of our community projects or by serving on one of our in-League Committees that support our operations. Our community projects focus on children and youth through three service areas: Arts and Education, Health Services, and Social Services. These projects are made possible by the League’s three fund development businesses: Bargain Boutique, JLJ Publications, and Mistletoe Marketplace. Our Keystone Fund ensures our long term ability to meet the needs in our community.
While we will continue our many existing projects such as making the American dream a reality for a family becoming a homeowner through our Habitat for Humanity Project or providing needed weekend meals for children through the Mid-Town Backpack Program, we are excited about our new projects this year. These projects include Wholesome and Healthy which will educate children and their families on the importance of healthy eating and exercise. This year, we are also providing summer ACT Workshops which help students improve their opportunities for entering college. Working at the Jackson Zoo to enhance its outreach in the community and providing enrichment activities for students at Magnolia Speech School are also among our new projects being implemented this year. 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 working with sick children hospitalized at Blair E Batson to a makeover of dorm rooms at the MS School for the Deaf. To learn more about each of our projects, please click one of the three project service area icons: Arts and Education, Health Services, or Social Services. There you will learn more
about each of our community projects and the community partners who support us in our efforts.
Thank you to our volunteers, community partners, and JLJ Supporters for making our community a better place.
Community Project Proposals:
The deadline Project Proposals for the 2013-2014 League Year has past. Thank you.