The Junior League of Springfield (JLS) is funneling its resources to address Child Abuse and Neglect in our community. It is alarming that child abuse rates in Greene County far exceed the state average. The Junior League will impact this issue through advocacy, direct service and volunteer time. We will collaborate with local experts to develop strong intervention programs, raise community awareness and be part of the solution.
In the 2015-2016 league year, JLS will contribute volunteer hours to several projects:
Community Summit – October 8, 2015
The Junior League of Springfield and our community partners invite you to join the call to action at the Community Summit: Focus on Poverty. The key focus this year will be poverty, with an aim to align and amplify our community’s efforts through a collective call to action featuring the introduction of the 2015 Community Focus Report, Impacting Poverty Commission Report and the Zone Blitz Report. Volunteers will help with registration, hospitality, handing out packets, and clean-up.
Isabel’s House, the Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks, is a project of the Junior League of Springfield. Isabel’s House provides safe refuge for children birth through 12 years old that are at a high risk of abuse and/or neglect.
Community Tour Day
Community Tour Day is an open house vital to Isabel’s House marketing and community awareness. Volunteers will welcome families, oversee games and help pass out lunch.
All Around Town Outreach
All Around Town Outreach campaign increases awareness by distributing brochures and school fliers in Springfield and the surrounding community.
Hooray for Hollywood
Hooray for Hollywood is Isabel’s House signature fundraising event. Volunteers will assist in checking guests in, selling of raffle tickets and spotting during live auction.
Each child receives a new outfit, pajamas, undergarments and shoes upon arrival from the Kids Closet. Due to the fact that many of the children are arriving from potentially hazardous environments, it is imperative to provide the children with clean and appropriate clothing. Volunteers will be utilized to re-stock the closet.
Ozarks Parent Café (with Community Partnership of the Ozarks)
The purpose of the Parent Café is to introduce, promote, and build the Protective Factors (Resilience, Relationships, Knowledge, Support, and Communication) through a non-traditional peer-to-peer learning process and individual self-reflection. Volunteers will help with child care, serving meels, registration and clean-up