The Junior League of Springfield (JLS) leverages its resources to address issues of need in our community. Historically, JLS focused on child abuse and neglect due to the alarming rates of child abuse in Greene County that far exceed the state average. JLS has widened its impact in recent years to also focus on the needs of underserviced and disadvantaged women and children in our community. The Junior League will impact these issues through advocacy, direct service, and volunteer time. We will collaborate with local experts and organizations to develop strong intervention programs, raise community awareness, and be part of the solution.
In the 2019-2020 league year, JLS will contribute volunteer hours to several projects:
Community Summit – Date TBD
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 2019 Community Focus 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.
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 support at impact events for Life Strengths. JLS volunteers will provide opportunities for youth to network and expand on life skill development (thank you card writing, dinner, and first impressions). JLS will assist approximately 200 homeless and at-risk youth aging out of children’s services (50 at each event).
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, etc.
Safe to Sleep is a temporary homeless women’s shelter. JLS will partner with Safe to Sleep and provide support to trained Safe to Sleep volunteers as “Monday Night Helpers”. JLS will assist with check-in, support with beverages and snacks, and visiting/supporting women staying at the facility.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield provides programs that guide and direct youth from all backgrounds, particularly those from at-risk environments. Through social, physical, and educational development activities, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield teach youth the values of life, strengthen their self-esteem, and make them better citizens of our community. JLS volunteers will provide support and serve as guest speakers at the Girls Empowerment Movement Summit focusing on celebrating women and inspiring confidence in female members.
Located in Zone 1 of Springfield, the Springfield Dream Center exists to provide practical resources to the families in the area. The Springfield Dream Center provides a centralized location to place city resources where they are most needed. The Dream Center offers programs for all members of the community, such as after school programming, adult education, a food pantry, and much more. JLS volunteers will provide support at a Mother’s Day brunch that will include decorating, serving food, table hosting and providing one on one encouragement for mothers attending. This event will impact 50 mothers and their children.
Girls on the Run inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. JLS volunteers will support Girls on the Run Community Impact projects. Volunteers will assist girls with community impact projects (ideas such as writing letters to community service leaders, planting a tree, or other ideas the group plans).