2017-2018 Community Projects
JLC Volunteers work with the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, NC to show both children and adults how to prepare healthy meals and snacks. Each month there is a weekday and weekend demonstration in the Loaves and Fishes food pantry, where each committee member is in charge of creating a recipe to feature a highlighted nutritional value that educates the clients about healthier, cost effective, and available options. The Ada Jenkins Center provides crisis assistance for families in North Mecklenburg and South Iredell Counties.
Alexander Youth Network www.alexanderyouthnetwork.org
JLC Volunteers serve as tutors, dinner buddies or special event volunteers at Alexander Youth Network in order to support the organization’s goal of providing children and their families a full array of behavioral healthcare services so that transitions between treatment programs are smoother and valuable relationships have a chance to grow. Alexander Youth Network serves approximately 7,000 children ages 5-18 in more than a dozen programs.
In partnership with the Mecklenburg County Health Department, Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant Health, This committee provides convenient and accessible immunization clinics and education on vaccinations for the residents of Mecklenburg County.
Center for Community Transitions www.centerforcommunitytransitions.org
The JLC provides monthly support and time dedicated to facilitating enrichment programming with youth and family clients. The programming promotes youth and family bonding through literacy, STEM, creative arts, and health and wellness monthly initiatives. The Center for Community Transitions provides a reentry program for those with criminal records to navigate paths towards healthy and productive lives.
Chameleon’s Journey https://www.hpccr.org/programs-and-services/grief-and-loss/chameleons-journey
JLC members serve as counselors for the Chameleon’s Journey Grief Camp hosted by Hospice and Palliative Care of the Charlotte Region. Chameleon’s Journey is an overnight grief camp for children and teens coping with the death of a family member or other significant person in their life.
Circle de Luz www.circledeluz.org
Junior League volunteers mentor young women in the College 101 Curriculum and also participate in the Run Big Dream Big 5k. Circle de Luz radically empower young Latinas by supporting their transformation through extensive mentoring, holistic programming and scholarship funds for further education. Volunteers will support mentoring and enrichment programs for adolescent Latina girls.
Done in a Day
The Junior League of Charlotte, Inc.’s Done In A Day project enables the League to assist community agencies which do not have a need for League volunteers on an ongoing basis, but may have a need to staff a one or two day special event or have a one-time need for extra volunteers. All volunteer requests must be for community-based, hands-on opportunities. These projects cannot involve fundraising or be administrative (envelope stuffing, labeling, office work) in nature.
EmpowHERment, Inc. www.empowherment.com
The JLC provides leadership for the mentors and mentees by hosting monthly program sessions. Additional support roles include program planners, greeters, events, and logistics team members including selecting speakers and partners. EmpowHERment, Inc. is a Charlotte, NC based not for profit organization committed to empowering a continuous network of girls and women to be leaders through mentorship, talent development and advocacy.
This committee plans and executes a back-to-school health fair for children in the Charlotte community. This health fair provides a wide range of free and accessible medical, dental, and developmental services and advocates health awareness by hosting various health agencies and area businesses.
Give Kids a Smile
Volunteers assist in providing preventative dental healthcare education and maintenance to children through elementary school. Volunteers also coordinate Give Kids A Smile Day, a national day of free dental care to children through high school for those whose families do not have the financial resources or insurance to address this need.
Healing Arts for Hemby https://www.novanthealth.org/hemby-childrens-hospital.aspx
A child’s hospitalization can be stressful on the entire family. The Healing Arts for Hemby committee provides visual art, music, photography, and creative writing lessons, and art support groups to children, adolescents, and young adults battling life-threatening diseases and other disabilities.
Kids in the Kitchen http://kidsinthekitchen.ajli.org/
Kids in the Kitchen is an international initiative of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) to empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices and help reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues. The JLC will provide lessons and demonstrations related to preparation of healthy meals and snacks in partnership with local community organizations, chefs and nutritionists.
Project 658 www.project658.com
JLC Volunteers help create meals for the families of after-school care students. The meals are prepared by JLC volunteers once a month supervised by staff chef on site. The meals are distributed to student families, subsequent to after school care. Project 658 works with recent refugees to help provide a stable environment.
Promising Pages www.promisingpages.org
JLC volunteers are responsible for sorting, cleaning, stamping/branding, wrapping and labeling books. Volunteers will also help pass out books at community outreach events and Magic Book Party Programs. Promising Pages is a non-profit organization that inspires underserved children to achieve their dream by instilling a love of reading.
Second Harvest Food Bank www.secondharvestmetrolina.org
JLC volunteers work with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM) to distribute healthy food to families with children attending Reid Park Academy. The JLC provides volunteers and project dollars to support food distribution the Backpack and Mobile School Pantry programs.
- Backpack Program – JLC volunteers assist monthly at the SHFBM to stuff backpacks with nutritious food, and deliver backpacks to 25-40 students each week for the entire school year (36 weeks).
- Mobile School Pantry Program – JLC volunteers assist with the Mobile Pantry set-up, greet, and distribute food to 200 families whose children attend Reid Park Academy.