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 2017-2017 league year, JLS will contribute volunteer hours to several projects:
Community Summit – Fall 2017
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 2017 Community Focus Report, Impacting Poverty Commission Report and the Zone Blitz Report. Volunteers will help with registration, hospitality, handing out packets, and clean-up.
Springfield Regional Arts Council
Through Arts in the Park Summer Workshops the Arts Council provides access to arts experiences for seventy (70) under- privileged children (grades K-8) from the Springfield Community Center. JLS volunteers will support the Poetry Session for hands-on help with kids writing poetry.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
This project will support trainings and activities that help children develop social and emotional skills so they can have healthier peer relationships and assist children in avoiding risky behaviors including violence and substance abuse. Of the children in the BBBS program, 62% came from a single-parent home, 88% qualified for free or reduced lunch, 69% lived in a household income of $20,000 or less, and 25% had a parent incarcerated. Statistically, these children are more likely to experience crises including child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and alcohol and/or drug abuse. JLS will assist during Match Events by supporting set up, sign-in and activity assistance, serve food and clean up.
Care to Learn
The High School Health, Hunger and Hygiene Pantry assists by providing for the health, hunger and hygiene needs of the 3,250 high school students in Springfield public schools in need of food assistance. JLS volunteers will assist with the High School Health, Hunger and Hygiene Pantry by restocking and reordering items for food/hygiene pantry monthly.
JLS volunteers will provide assistance and support to children 0-18 and their families that are receiving treatment within the Dee Ann White Women’s and Children’s Hospital by providing parent relief, interact with families in the break rooms and implement activities for siblings, clean high-use areas, and prepare education materials.
Diaper Bank of the Ozarks
The Diaper Bank of the Ozarks emergency kits can help a family in need of assistance save up to $3,000.00 through the diapering ages of a child and help with bonding and self-esteem in the parent by ensuring that parents will always have diapers available to meet needs. JLS volunteers will prepare and package cloth diaper starter kits and emergency kits.
I Pour Life
I Pour Life assists in celebrating the achievements of youth in the I Pour Life Program and this project will help create “social wealth” by interacting with and getting to know Junior League members. JLS members will help provide family dinners by meeting with the youths to plan, shop for and prepare a meal, then sit down and enjoy it together. JLS will assist approximately 200 homeless and at-risk youth aging out of children’s services (50 at each dinner) in shopping for and preparing food and table for a family meal.
JLS will work with Laura’s Home staff to plan and present quarterly Independent Living Workshops for residents at Laura’s Home. JLS will assist girls age 16-21 aging out of the foster care system in learning the skills to live and work independently and provide meaningful one-on-one interaction with Junior League members.
OTC Middle College
JLS will partner with OTC Middle College women for a day of shopping at the Plaid Door to assist them in finding clothing and essentials for upcoming job interviews, school, ect.