A Junior League branded program, our volunteers provide support for community projects that can be accomplished in a single day or evening per year. When non-profit agencies are limited due to a lack of manpower, this program provides a group of Junior League volunteers to work on short-term projects. Projects have included over 168 variations of collection drives, remodeled waiting rooms, gardening projects, and assistance in local events.
H.A.P.P.Y. focuses on providing weekend nourishment to children who qualify for free and reduced meals through the state of Texas. The League is proud to assist in supplying children at partnering schools with weekend food. Junior League volunteers pack, deliver, and distribute over 4,500 backpacks of healthy, child-friendly, non-perishable, and easily consumed food during the 36 weeks of the school year.
The Junior League has hosted 16 IMPACT Conferences. This annual conference provides knowledge and skills needed to instill positive self-esteem within children, adolescents, and peers to over 36,000 individuals including parents, educators, and students. The League partners with 10 school districts and invites all staff, admission free, to learn while earning continuing education credits. IMPACT 2017 will take place at The Woodlands Church on Saturday, February 4, 2017, featuring Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, Executive Director of Classes4Classes, Author of Choosing Hope: Overcoming Life’s Darkest Hours.
A Junior League branded program, volunteers have coordinated and implemented at least three Kids in the Kitchen (KITK) events per year since 2009. The initiative of KITK is to empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices and help reverse childhood obesity and health issues.
For more than a decade, the JLTW has promoted the importance of literacy through Literacy Carnivals held each year. Annually, more than 1,800 parents and children attend these community carnivals free of charge. A children’s book author, story time with costumed characters, literacy based carnival games, and free books are the core to these literacy focused events. The Literacy Carnival team also includes bounce houses, real fire truck experience, balloon animals, face painters, and free food and drinks for an extra fun day. Since the program’s inception, the League has had more than 20 Carnivals, resulting in a gift of nearly 20,000 books children in the North Harris and South Montgomery County areas.
Since 2011, Junior League volunteers have been working with Montgomery County CPS and the Rainbow Room, a resource center for CPS workers in emergencies. Working to serve abused children, the Junior League provides volunteers and funds to assist CPS case workers and meet the needs of children in our service area. Junior League collection drives have provided almost 2,500 essential items including clothing, formula, toothbrushes, school supplies, and toys to the Rainbow Room. This program also provides special treats to over 100 CPS caseworkers per month, assists in inventory control, stocking shelves, and two visitation room make-overs have been completed over the past few years. The League significantly funds and participates in the CPS annual appreciation luncheon, CASA holiday party, CASA fun run, and CASA golf tournament.
Beginning with our partnership with St. Luke’s Hospital in 2009, the Junior League works with local area hospitals by providing ongoing volunteers on a weekly basis as well as work on a variety of special projects focused on women and children. Our service has been centered in St. Luke’s Family Birthing Center and on the Pediatric floor assisting staff, parents and their families. Three years ago, Junior League donated a Vecta Distraction Station to St. Luke’s Hospital in The Woodlands. The station is a multi-sensory unit that provides distractions to over 25 pediatric patients undergoing treatment in the hospital per month. Additionally, volunteers teach over 250 new parents a month about nutrition on the labor and delivery floor. The JLTW remodeled the Sunshine Supply station in 2011. Recently, the League funded and coordinated the painting of eight “Eric Carle” children’s mural’s inside pediatric emergency rooms. The St. Luke’s team is also currently working on the creation of a unique Butterfly Garden to provide a peaceful area for reflection for the family members of patients at the hospital.
The League’s goal is to assist in supporting the rehabilitation of human trafficking victims. The Arrow/Freedom Place committee collects and organizes items for a charitable boutique at Freedom Place that directly funds the assistance and rehabilitation of the rescued victims. This committee is also partnering with the Arrow Jewel members to host an uplifting BBQ for Arrow Ministries.