The Junior League of The Woodlands, Inc. (JLTW) gave freely and produced $1 million in volunteer hours representing over 3,000 hours from our Community programs. Our time and resources in the community were focused on women and children and needs involving food insecurity, health and nutrition; abused children and women; and education and literacy efforts.
- HAPPY (Healthy Appetites Promote Positive Youth) program in 2015-2016 calendar year experienced a 22.5 percent growth in backpack needs representing 4,736 backpacks full of food delivered to hungry and food insecure students for weekend nourishment. Additionally, the HAPPY program experienced a 72 percent growth in snack needs representing 9,200 snacks delivered to hungry and food insecure students during the school day.
- REACH (REsource for Abused Children) Committee donated over 600 items to the Rainbow Room and delivered over 600 meals and snacks to CPS case workers and Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch in the 2015-2016 year. REACH served over 500 foster care children at the CASA Christmas Party. Additionally, REACH launched a new program in the 2015-2016 year and created an account to provide twin mattresses to children entering foster homes. Lastly, in our League’s efforts to provide flood relief assistance, REACH quickly donated $3,000 to Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch who experienced overwhelming flood damage.
- Kids in the Kitchen (KITK) Committee hosted over three health and nutrition events focused on healthy food choices. Over 400 children earned their ‘Certified Healthy Chef Badge’ at the KITK workshop stations.
- Literacy Carnival promoted literacy, phonics education, and letter recognition at two, fun-filled events in the fall and spring for the Aldine community; a community where 80 percent of the population is economically challenged. The Literacy Committee gave over 800 books to children and their families in the Aldine community and volunteered over 246 service hours.
- New Beginnings Committee, formally known as ARROW, assisted in rehabilitation programs for sex-trafficking victims through a partnership with ARROW Ministries/Freedom Place. Our volunteers help provide a safe haven where victims can rebuild their lives and regain self-confidence that was stolen from them. The New Beginnings Committee organized and volunteered at a Boots & Bling event and a Freedom Place Christmas Decorating party with eleven sex-traffic survivors.
- IMPACT (Increase and Motivate Positive Awareness in Children and Teachers) hosted a large event with Jon Gordon as the guest speaker to over 1,315 educators, students, and community leaders. IMPACT serves as a vehicle for educators to receive four CPE credits free of charge and provide higher training, skills, and information to the community in the area of child and adolescent self-esteem. IMPACT launched a new program for schools to receive money and gave $6,500 to 13 local schools representing 10 school districts and private schools.
- Healing Hearts Committee, formally known as St. Luke’s, organized a large NICU Christmas party for over 400 families and volunteered over 75 community shift hours during the party. In addition, Healing Hearts received an opportunity to give $3,000 to promote nurse appreciation and aid in efforts to create the ‘Friends of Nurses Fund.’ Healing Hearts continues to lead, organize, and promote future volunteer program development with new, local area hospitals under construction in anticipation for hospital opening dates.
- Done in a Day (DIAD) program streamlined 340 volunteers serving in our community with local area non-profit partnerships in over 20 events. DIAD proudly completed over 1,000 community shift hours.
JLTW gathered as a League and voted for Home Place of Texas, a job training and community outreach program for adults with special needs, to receive $30,000 towards a needed transportation vehicle: a van. They named their van, “Walter.”
Community Assistance Fund
JLTW proudly awarded $40,000 in Community Assistance Fund grants to seven deserving organizations. We are proud to partner with these amazing organization to help fund and assist in such important projects that will impact the lives of women, children, and families in our community. With these grants, our League continues to give freely towards a better future.
- All Ears Listening and Language Center received $4,800 to buy equipment that is revolutionizing the way deaf children interact and actually hear in the classroom and playground.
- Bridging for Tomorrow received $6,000 to aid in providing a safe, after-school program in challenged neighborhoods. The funds will give nourishment, enrichment, mentorship, and overall hope to children.
- Buckner Aldine Family Hope Center was awarded $9,330 to aid the center in giving a hand up to individuals and families in the Aldine community by providing back-to-school supplies, hygiene kits, and diapers to families in need.
- Montgomery County Food Bank received $3,000 to sponsor a food fair program in partnership with JLTW to fight child and family food insecurity in Montgomery County.
- National Assistance League received $4,370 for back-to-school new clothes for children through their Operation School Bell program.
- Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) was awarded $7,500 to provide 30 move-in ready kits for families transitioning out of homelessness and into a home.
- South County Community Clinic (DBA Interfaith Community Clinic) received $5,000 for an autoclave purchase which will be used to sterilize dental instruments and aid in free dental care for families unable to qualify for state and federal health insurance.
Emergency Relief Fund
JLTW gave $10,000 towards emergency relief efforts to aide Ruynan Elementary School in an educational student field trip and Joy Ride Center, Inc., an equine cognitive and physical program for disabled individuals, in greatly needed water well replacement. These emergency relief funds allowed the school and the non-profit organization to continue to educate, operate, and serve the community.