The Junior League will give approximately $30,000 back to the community through our projects and Community Assistance Fund grants. More than 2,000 volunteer hours will be given this fiscal year to the community projects listed below, as well as the Kids in the Kitchen Wellness Event, the Best of Texas, Golf Classic, and Rummage Sale fundraiser:
Medical Center League House: JLA Signature Project
Medical Center League House provides housing, comfort and support to families with an adult patient going through medical treatments in Amarillo, Texas. For a small fee ($45 nightly charge), families can stay in one of the 31 private rooms, with additional access to a comfortable living/gathering room with a TV, kitchen, dining room, laundry facilities at no charge, a multipurpose room, a prayer garden and WiFi. In addition to these amenities, staying at the MCLH offers something perhaps even more significant – a nurturing and compassionate place to return to after a full day at one of Amarillo’s medical facilities. JLA volunteers provide administrative support and assist with other special events and holiday activities held at MCLH throughout the year.
Colorful Closets is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing clothing/mini-wardrobes for the children in need in the AISD school system. Their goal is to collect, organize, and distribute clothing for children and adolescents throughout the Amarillo area. They would like to meet this need for those in our community while also ministering to them in the hopes of spreading the love of Jesus Christ. Colorful Closets works closely with AISD social workers and counselors in order to receive clothing request.
Heal the City
Heal the City Clinic is a medical mission providing free quality urgent medical care and referral services with compassion and dignity to the uninsured of our community. JLA volunteers assist with the patient intake process, coordinate activities for non-patient family members, and assist with other administrative duties.
Hope and Healing Place
JLA volunteers are specially trained by the Hope & Healing Place in leadership and grief facilitator training sessions. They then serve as support group leaders, participate the new family orientation and other duties associated with the support program. JLA will also be participating this year in Hope Camp for children that have suffered a loss.
San Jacinto Success
The San Jacinto Success Program will partner JLA volunteers with teachers and staff to host monthly special events held at the San Jacinto Elementary with the goal of increasing parent involvement, as well as student participation and achievement. JLA volunteers will assist with planning, preparation, and implementing special events such as an evening of “Reading Under the Stars,” a spring school wide art project, and STARR testing support.
Square Mile Community Development is an organization that brings businesses, churches, non‑profits and other individuals together to provide economic development, housing, education, health care and spiritual opportunities to residents of improvised neighborhoods in Amarillo. JLA will be working with Square Mile Community Development this upcoming year in the development of an urban micro farm in San Jacinto neighborhood that will provide a source of healthy, fresh food and economic development opportunities to the area residents.