The purpose of the Ready Hands Committee is to assist local non-profit agencies with annual project support or to fulfill a one-time need for extra volunteers.
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 5,000 backpacks of healthy, child-friendly, non-perishable, and easily consumed food during the 36 weeks of the school year.
IMPACT, an event developed from a former Junior League program called “Through the Looking Glass,” officially began in 2008. It is an annual event that focuses on educators and administrators. This one-day event hosts a compelling speaker with the goal to motivate and inspire.
The purpose of the INSTEP Committee is to support youth and teens in our community to developmental health resilience, lifeskills, self-esteem and a feeling of belonging and inclusion. INSTEP provides service, resources and support to key community partners serving the teen population of our area, partnering with agencies such as (but not limited to) Yes to Youth and Giving Gown Foundation to provide teens with access to needs regularly cited as essential for teen development. The mission of the committee will focus on the qualities of resilience, inclusion, skills, empowerment, education and progress.
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.
The Keys to Learning committee (formerly Literacy Carnival) has promoted the importance of literacy for more than a decade 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 at the core of these literacy focused events. Since the program’s inception, the League has hosted more than 20 Carnivals, resulting in a gift of nearly 20,000 books to children in the North Harris and South Montgomery County areas. In addition to Literacy Carnival, Keys to Learning will partner with The Woodlands Children’s Museum in the spring to host an interactive, fun, theme-based STREAM event, incorporating science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math. The committee also assisted with establishing and continues to maintain Little Free libraries located within our service area.
Since 2011, Junior League volunteers have been working to impact the lives of children and teens in foster care who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Partnering with Angel Reach, Love Fosters Hope, Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch, CASA, Montgomery County CPS, Montgomery County Youth Services, and Community Partners of Montgomery County, REACH seeks to provide volunteers and funds to meet the needs of children in our service area. REACH hosts an annual CPS appreciation luncheon, honoring and celebrating the case workers of Montgomery County. REACH builds relationships with at-risk children and teens by volunteering at community events such as the CASA Jingle Bell Christmas Party, Angel Reach Celebrate Me, monthly outings with the families of the Angel Reach Kinship Program, and monthly dinners with teens at PCI Ranch. REACH provides volunteer hours to help facilitate the CASA Superhero Fun Run and Love Fosters Hope’s Run for Hope.
Beginning with our partnership with St. Luke’s Hospital in 2009, 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. 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. During the 2017-2018 League year, the committee stuffed and delivered 300 stockings to patients at Texas Children’s Hospital. 200 Volunteer hours served over 9,000 children via the Texas Children’s Craft Cart.
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.