JLA Overview

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Published on January 4, 2008

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“Stars Shining in our Community” JLA Overview 2007-2008:  “Stars Shining in our Community” JLA Overview 2007-2008 Mission of JLA:  Mission of JLA The Junior League of Arlington is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Core Values:  Core Values Voluntarism The Junior League of Arlington supports and promotes voluntarism as a necessary component of our society and continues to take action to ensure the effectiveness of the voluntary sector. Family Abuse and Neglect The Junior League of Arlington encourages efforts to eliminate family abuse and neglect by supporting programs and legislation that focus on prevention through education, that study the problem and causes, that protect the victims, and rehabilitate the abusers. Children The Junior League of Arlington is committed to assuring that children have the opportunities and services essential for their physical, intellectual, emotional, mental, and social growth. Environment The Junior League of Arlington supports efforts to protect the environment, to plan for continuous preservation through proper use of land, air, and water, and to maximize all recycling avenues. Emotional The Junior League of Arlington supports positive opportunities and services that will benefit intellectual, physical, emotional, social and economic well-being. Education The Junior League of Arlington recognizes the need for a quality and equitable education and is committed to ensuring access to education that provides skills necessary to be productive members of society. JLA History:  JLA History The Junior League of Arlington (JLA) was originally founded on October 22, 1975, as the Service League of Arlington and was admitted to the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. on February 22, 1982. AJLI Famous League Members:  AJLI Famous League Members Eleanor Roosevelt Sandra Day O'Connor Barbara Bush Laura Bush Betty Ford Nancy Reagan Shirley Temple Black Katherine Hepburn JLA 2007-2008 Leadership Board:  JLA 2007-2008 Leadership Board Sabra Ellis…………………... Pat Woodard……………...... Michele Cozart……………... Kimberly Phillips…………... Bree Butler…………………. Paulette Tutor……………… Lisa Sawyer…………........... Lisa Cravens…………......... Beth Sharp………………….. Cherry Elder………………… Lachelle Strohmer…………. Ashley Koppel……………… President President-Elect Communications VP Community VP Finance VP Fund Development VP Membership VP Member-at-Large Nominating Chairman Parliamentarian Recording Secretary Treasurer Membership Statistics:  Membership Statistics (as of July 11, 2007) Provisionals 0 Actives 147 Sustainers 294 Total Membership 441 JLA Demographics:  JLA Demographics Our members’ ages range from 20s – 80s (seven decades) Approximately 70% of our members work outside the home. Our members live not only in Arlington, but also in the surrounding communities such as Mansfield, Fort Worth, Keller, Southlake, Colleyville, Burleson, Azle, Grand Prairie, and Kennedale. Awards and Recognitions:  Awards and Recognitions 1992 JLA Presidents Award presented to Charter Members of the Service League in recognition of our 10 year anniversary as a league. 1993 Arlington Fire Department – “In appreciation for your support in making the Arlington Fire Department Fire Safety House a reality.” 1994 Association of Junior Leagues International – White House Dialogue 1995 Association of Junior Leagues International: Building Bridges to the Future – Recognition of Outstanding Achievement for Junior League of Arlington Fund Development AIDS Outreach Center – Friends for Life 1998 Texas Community Partners Association of Junior Leagues International / BMW – Women with Visions Community Impact Merit Award National Society of Fundraising Executives – Outstanding Philanthropic Organization 1999 Arlington Night Shelter – Heroes of the Homeless Award 2000 National Society of Fundraising Executives – Preventing Blindness Fatal Choices Shattered Dreams 2001 Fatal Choices Shattered Dreams 2002 AISD Educational Foundation – Lynn Hale Leadership in Education Award Alliance for Children – Continuing Commitment to Children 1992-2002 2004 Fatal Choices Shattered Dreams 2005 Greater Texas Community Partners – The Children’s Medal of Honor Boys and Girls Club – T.E.A.M. Mentoring Project Big Brothers, Big Sisters – Outstanding Service Award Function:  Function As a volunteer training organization, the Junior League of Arlington offers numerous educational opportunities for league members. Members donate approximately 20,000 hours annually for community service and work with over 20 community programs and agencies. JLA Publications:  JLA Publications Monthly Newsletter The Missing Link Website www.jlarlington.org Funding:  Funding League projects are supported by funds raised from JLA annual events: Holiday Magic Golf Tournament These events enable the League to initiate new community projects and to continually finance existing projects. JLA Projects:  JLA Projects AIDS Outreach Center – Camp Firelight All-Star Equestrian Boys & Girls Club of Arlington – T.E.A.M Program Boys & Girls Club of Arlington - Smart Girls Program Friends of the Arlington Public Library KASH for Kids/Arlington Rainbow Room Make-a-Wish Foundation Volunteers for Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County In 2007-2008 JLA will provide volunteers, funding of over $163,000 and office space to the following non-profit agencies: AIDS Outreach Center:  AIDS Outreach Center Camp Firelight Members volunteered as Camp Counselors at Camp Firelight during the summer. Camp Firelight is a week-long “twilight” camp for Tarrant County children ages 5-12 who are affected or infected with HIV/AIDS. The program provides these children, most of who exist at or near the poverty level, with the chance to relax and have fun in a real camp environment. Number of JLA Volunteers for 2007-2008: 4 Active Members Funding Provided by JLA: $7,500 “The volunteers are the backbone of our success.” Jason Potter, Camp Firelight Director All-Star Equestrian Foundation:  All-Star Equestrian Foundation Therapeutic Horseback Riding All-Star Equestrian Foundation provides year-round therapeutic horseback riding for children of all ages with mental, physical, emotional and learning disabilities. This program emphasizes the independence and abilities of each rider and provides such benefits as improved muscle strength, balance, trunk and head control and overall gross motor skills. Number of JLA Volunteers for 2007-2008: 5 Active Members Funding Provided by JLA: $3,600 Boys & Girls Club:  Boys & Girls Club T.E.A.M. Abstinence Program A mentoring program that promotes healthy lifestyles for at-risk girls ages 11-13, focusing particularly on abstinence from sexual activity. This is achieved by increasing self-esteem and self worth. This program has reached over 240 girls. Data shows 95-98% success rate in girls not getting pregnant before leaving high school. Girls at the highest risk are selected for this program. Number of JLA Volunteers for 2007-2008: 4 Active Members Funding Provided by JLA: $8,000 Boys & Girls Club:  Boys & Girls Club SMART Girls Program The year-round program (60 weeks) is designed to promotes healthy attitudes, lifestyles, and self-concepts to 500 AISD at-risk girls ages 8-18. Each location is led by Boys and Girls Club branch staff members and assisted by TEAM graduate mentors. Funding Provided by JLA: $5,000 “Not only do these girls make better choices, but they positively influence the behavior of their friends.” Sarah Zink, Vice President, Development Friends of the Arlington Public Library:  Friends of the Arlington Public Library East Arlington Homework Program The East Arlington Branch Public Library established its Learning Zone in February 2005. The Learning Zone offers one-on-one tutoring to children in first through third grade. Subjects such as reading, writing, and math are covered in several languages including English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. JLA members work a couple of hours each week tutoring students. Funding Provided by JLA: $5,000 “Volunteer tutors are essential to the Learning Zone .” Keysa Brest, Learning Zone Coordinator Kash for Kids- Rainbow Room:  Kash for Kids- Rainbow Room The Rainbow Room, an original JLA project, is an emergency on-site pantry stocked with practical and essential items made available to Child Protective Services caseworkers that need the items on an emergency basis. The caseworkers help provide foster caregivers with supplies immediately after a child has been removed from a home. Number of JLA Volunteers for 2007-2008: 4 Active Members Funding Provided by JLA: $6,000 “Rainbow Room is totally run by the JLA and the volunteers are just essential. A lot of caseworkers, and therefore a lot of children, depend on the Rainbow Room ” Louise Greve, Rainbow Room Manager Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas:  Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas “My Fairy Godmother” This program designed to grant wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions in order to enrich the human experience of hope, strength and joy. JLA members will facilitate the entire wish experience, start to finish, so that Arlington children’s wishes become a vivid and memorable reality. Number of JLA Volunteers for 2007-2008: 1 Active Member Funding Provided by JLA: $7,500 Volunteers for Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County:  Volunteers for Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County Summer Clinic Event This program is designed to entice segments of our community to immunize their children and help reduce the spread of disease by offering them convenient summer hours and reduced rates for required immunizations. The event runs for one week and immunizations approximately 5,000 Tarrant County children of which 2,000 represent Arlington. Number of JLA Volunteers for 2007-2008: 2 Active Members “Rainbow Room is totally run by the JLA and the volunteers are just essential. A lot of caseworkers, and therefore a lot of children, depend on the Rainbow Room ” Louise Greve, Rainbow Room Manager Center for Community Service:  Center for Community Service Center for Community Service In 1993 JLA purchased Center for Community Service to be used as a valuable community resource. The Center serves the community by providing meeting space at no cost to local 501 (c) (3) organizations and government entities. The center serves as the JLA headquarters and is home to Meals on Wheels, Rebuilding Together and Leadership Arlington. Donating to the Community:  Donating to the Community Since becoming a Service League in 1975, JLA has donated more than $2.5 million and 1 million volunteer hours to more than 100 non-profit agencies. Members donate approximately 20,000 hours annually for community service and work with over 20 community programs and agencies. This year JLA will donate $163,000 to their projects. Interested in Joining JLA?:  Interested in Joining JLA? General Membership Meetings: Attendance at least four of the monthly general meetings, second Monday of the month, September through May. Two Placement Interviews: 30-45 minute interview with Placement Advisor in Fall and Spring. Holiday Magic: Eight work shift hours during event which begins November 30 through December 2, 2007. Provisional Project: Participation in provisional program “Kids in the Kitchen” during the Spring. Financial Obligations: - Annual Dues: $85 - Provisional Course Fee (one time): $75 - Holiday Magic: $75 in event tickets (payable in Fall) - JLA Golf Tournament: $25 in event tickets (payable in Spring) - T-shirt (one time) for Holiday Magic: $10 (payable in Fall) Contact JLA:  Contact JLA Junior League of Arlington Center for Community Service 4002 West Pioneer Parkway Arlington, Texas 76013 (817) 277-9481 [email protected] www.jlarlington.org

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