2018-2019 Placement Application
Applications due Thursday, June 1, 2017 by 3 p.m.
The Junior League of Fort Worth makes a difference in the community by providing trained volunteers to non-profit agencies. The following community agencies have been selected to receive Junior League volunteers for 2016 – 2017.
ACH CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES
WELLNESS PROGRAM FOR SHELTER YOUTH
ACH Child and Family Services’ Emergency Youth Shelter is the only emergency shelter for youth in Tarrant County. JLFW volunteers will assist with the Wellness Program which focuses on classes and activities focusing on nutrition, exercise, and other life skill areas. JLFW funds will be used to construct a new dining room for the new shelter on the campus of ACH. The dining room which will provide common space for youth for dining, crafts, wellness activities, and meetings.
ALLIANCE FOR CHILDREN
Alliance for Children Goals for the Group Sibling Facilitator project are: siblings of sexually abused children served through Alliance For Children will have quality sibling facilitators to engage and interact with them while their family members attend group counseling sessions; volunteers will have a rewarding volunteer placement with AFC. Volunteers are requested to fill the role of sibling group facilitator, leading activities and interacting with children on Tuesday evenings. This may include everything from rocking an infant, to leading art projects or games for older children. Volunteers also become familiar faces in the center, adding to a sense of normalcy for the children and families served through Alliance For Children. Children in the sibling group normally range from infants through pre-teen or early teenage years. Since children attend groups for up to 16 weeks, volunteers are able to form relationships with the children, acting as positive, caring adult role models.
AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION
Camp Aurora is a day camp for children ages 5-12 who have diabetes, either Type1 or Type2. The goal is to provide a safe recreation experience for children with diabetes. The program offers a fun filled week of outdoor activities such as swimming, fishing, horseback riding and canoeing while teaching valuable lessons on positive diabetes management. Camp Aurora promotes self-confidence, independence and peer support. JLFW volunteers will serve as Camp Counselors helping with organization and supervising camp activities as well as supervise blood sugar monitoring.
BREAKTHROUGH FORT WORTH
During the Summer, volunteers participate in and/or execute programming in six different areas: Teacher Welcome, Clubs Fair, Mock Fancy Meal, Summer Clubs, Breakthrough Champion’s Day and the Closing Celebration Event. The Clubs Fair gives the Breakthrough students an opportunity to learn about community involvement activities. The Club Presentation Days educates the students on merging their personal interests with community volunteering. Service Mentors for Summer Clubs will give a short presentation on community service, the history and impact of JLFW and how community service aids in the college application process. Additional opportunities available during the school year as a College Workshop Mentor and College Tour Chaperone Mentor.
CANCER CARE SERVICES
SPECIAL EVENTS and CLUB CARE PROGRAM
Cancer Care Services provides help and hope to cancer patients and their families through programs directed at strengthening families during a difficult time period. JLFW volunteers assist with annual events including Fall Fest, Bear Bash Holiday Party, and the Valentine’s Day Dinner. In addition, volunteers have the opportunity to assist with the monthly Club Care program for children who have a family member battling cancer and Family Movie Night held the last Friday evening of each month.
Catholic Charities provides a safe environment for children prior to being placed in foster care homes. JLFW volunteers help the children housed in the agency’s Assessment Center reach their full potential, build self-esteem and keep them engaged while tutoring them to reach grade level. Volunteers will work with Catholic Charities staff and a FWISD teacher who work at the facility.
Volunteers will serve as career coaches for female participants enrolled in the agency’s job training programs, many of whom are first generation college students. The career coaches will serve as role models, provide professional advice such as resume preparation and interview skills, and assist students in building motivation. Ninety percent of the program’s graduates earn $13 an hour.
CENTER FOR TRANSFORMING LIVES (CFTL)
RESALE & REDESIGN STORE
CFTL Resale & reDesign Store volunteer job duties will include receiving, sorting, pricing and displaying donated merchandise in an organized and visually appealing arrangement that invites customer engagement and purchases in support of CFTL programs. Volunteers will help sort through donated merchandise as they arrive, separating sellable merchandise from non-sellable merchandise, and tagging/sizing merchandise to be sold. Volunteers will assist CFTL staff in creating and arranging displays in windows and throughout the store. Job duties will also include assisting in the ongoing maintenance of an organized sales floor and ensuring merchandise remains in designated locations.
CHILD STUDY CENTER
JANE JUSTIN SCHOOL
Child Study Center (CSC) is a multipurpose facility that includes medical and psychological services for children. JLFW volunteers work primarily with the Jane Justin School. Volunteers assist with clerical duties, design bulletin boards, assist with the book fair, serve as lunch monitors or classroom play assistants, and tutor the children. Volunteers with special talents, such as playing a musical instrument, also provide entertainment. Special events hosted by CSC including Children’s Golf Classic, Party on the Patio, Puzzle Skuttle 5k, Quail Hunt, and Experience the Potential, are also assisted by the volunteers.
CHILD STUDY CENTER
Child Study Center (CSC) is a multipurpose facility that includes medical and psychological services for children. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work on Special Events, such as assisting with annual fundraiser events (Children’s Golf Classic, Party on the Patio, Puzzle Scuttle 5k, Quail Hunt) and other events such as Experience the Potential; acting as a Tour Guide and providing Child Study Center tours to families and visitors on an on-call basis; and acting as an administrative assistant for the Party on the Patio fundraiser.
DEAN & DELUCA INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AT COLONIAL 2017
WILL CALL BOOTH
The Dean & Deluca Invitational Golf Tournament is a world class, PGA tournament which positively impacts the Fort Worth community through economic impact, national exposure, and charitable contributions. JLFW volunteers assist with events that lead up to the tournament and duties during the tournament, including managing the Will Call Booth.
COMMUNITY PARTNERS OF TARRANT COUNTY
Community Partners of Tarrant County helps provide for neglected and/or abused children. The Rainbow Room is an emergency resource room available to CPS Caseworkers to help them meet the needs of the children and their families. Stocked with all new items, the Rainbow Room provides basic needs such as food, clothing, baby formula, etc. Over the last few years, the number of children coming into the CPS system has doubled. JLFW volunteers help shop for and stock the Rainbow room weekly with these needed items.
COOK CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER
The Cook Children’s Medical Center’s purpose is improving the health of children. Their services range from simple preventive checkups to highly-specialized critical care. Volunteers assist the hospital in improving the experience of the children undergoing medical treatments and their families by reading books, playing in the playroom, holding and rocking babies, and educating parents. Volunteers will also assist with the hospitals dental initiatives.
EASTER SEALS OF NORTH TEXAS
COMPUTER RESOURCE LAB
Easter Seals of North Texas (ESNT) will develop a computer lab with assistive technology to help disabled job-seekers in their quest for employment. Currently, many of ESNT’s clients are forced to use the public library’s computer service, which has time limits and does not have technology to assist special needs adults. JLFW funds will remove these obstacles giving ESNT’s clients a better chance at becoming gainfully employed. ESNT estimates 600 clients will benefit from the computer lab services each year. Volunteers will provide assistance to clients with the following: navigating the computer lab, resume writing, filling out applications, interview preparation, and developing basic job skills needed to maintain employment.
Family Pathfinders help strengthen the community by helping families and individuals attain self-sufficiency. JLFW volunteers serve as Financial Stability Coaches for individuals who strive to lead an independent life after transitioning off welfare, seeking education for self-supporting employment, or reentering society following incarceration.
FORT WORTH ISD
The Junior M.I.N.T.S began in 2013 in part as a way to get Junior League volunteers involved in public education. The goal of the Junior M.I.N.T.S. (Mentor-Inspire-Nurture-Tutor-Support) program is to support our public schools by giving assistance to teacher-selected children who need one-on-one or small group time to develop learning or social skills, and assist with reading or math. School Buddies will spend a minimum of one hour a week mentoring with one child or in a small group at one of our schools from Mid-September – Mid-March. School Support volunteers will plan and implement weekend and evening activities at all the schools, such as Math & Science Night, Literacy Night, Fitness Night, Open House, or other parent and student activities. .
FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY
FAMILY MUSEUM NIGHT and FAMILY SCIENCE FESTIVALS
Volunteers will work closely with the education team and volunteer coordinator to organize, schedule, and coordinate the Museum’s family and school outreach programs, Family Museum Nights and Family Science Festivals, on the administrative level, as well as assist with ideas and concepts for activities and marketing and promotion. Volunteers will also work the floor throughout the Museum during Family Museum Nights and/or work at off-site schools during Family Science Festivals to assist in the delivery of interactive activities and program evaluation.
FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY
The STEM programming is a program at the FWMSH and is an expansion of the museum’s education curriculum. The five-day program for 25 teachers and educators to explore and learn about implementing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math inquiry-based learning. The STEM Summer Camp would be a four-day program for 40 children, ages 8-14, to be exposed to this same inquiry-based learning, partnered with a final project presentation. The summer volunteer component would consist of working with the museum staff to organize, schedule and coordinate the STEM Institute and STEM Summer Camp, and assist in the delivery and evaluation of the programming. Additionally, volunteers will participate with the Family Museum Nights and Family Science Festivals.
FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW
“GUNS & ROSES” ART PROGRAM
The Stock Show Art Program was created provide Fort Worth area students an opportunity to display artistic abilities and study their western heritage. Students compete for awards and cash prizes. Junior League volunteers will check in entries, assist with data entry, coordinate ceremony set-up, display set-up and providing information to area schools prior to the contest. JLFW volunteers work as a group under the direction of the Guns & Roses Stock Show Art Committee and Stock Show Staff members.
FORT WORTH TEEN COURT
Teen Court is a volunteer program that assists juvenile offenders in assuming responsibility for their behavior through involvement in the judicial process and service in the community. Offenders are brought before a jury of their peers where they gain an understanding of their roles in society. JLFW volunteers assist with the enrollment, preparation and the court process. They also assist with the North Texas Teen Court Competition and monitor juvenile volunteers at Mayfest.
GIRLS INC. OF TARRANT COUNTY
Girls Incorporated is a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be “strong, smart, and bold!” Girls Inc. has provided educational programs such as self esteem, team work, body image, bullying, and healthy relationships for over 65 years to millions of American girls, particularly those in high-risk, under served areas. Girls Inc. believes all girls are at-risk and their programs give girls the skills and education they need to prevent poor decision making. JLFW volunteers assist program instructors with lesson facilitation, monitor classrooms/hallways/restrooms, meal/snack distribution, and serve as a positive role model for girls in the program.
H.O.P.E Farm provides at risk boys in Como neighborhood an opportunity to develop life skills. Volunteers assist with tutoring and planning fall festival and holiday open house. The fall festival is a free community event that included food, carnival type games, jump houses etc.
HISTORIC FORT WORTH, INC.
HISTORIC FORT WORTH, INC.
PRESERVATION RESOURCE CENTER
Historic Fort Worth, Inc. is dedicated to preserving Fort Worth’s unique historic identity through stewardship, education, and leadership. Volunteers will assist in the Preservation Resource Center (PRC), a library of thousands of documents and photos of Fort Worth buildings, and will help to develop three membership tours to historic buildings in the city.
KIDS WHO CARE, INC.
“NIGHT OF GIVING”
Kids Who Care, Inc. is a theater company that produces confident and creative children through musical education and performance. This organization provides the “Night of Giving” as a special evening for children and families who would not normally be exposed to musical theater. JLFW volunteers will be given the opportunity to plan a reception, intermission program, backstage tour and more.
KINDERFROGS SCHOOL AT TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
KinderFrogs is an early childhood education facility on the TCU campus serving young children with disabilities. This collaborative effort between parents, teachers and administrators has one major goal in mind—to make the lives of these children rich with possibility. JLFW volunteers serve as classroom assistants and provide an extra set of hands to do anything and everything to help their mission.
LOVE NEVER FAILS
Love Never Fails aims to provide “a hand up, not a hand out” to at-risk and impoverished children through positive, caring relationships and educational support. Volunteers will serve as Serve as mentors in after school program by assisting young students with homework, daily academic enrichment activities, reading to the children and playing games.
MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF NORTH TEXAS
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Southwest Region, has granted more than 400 wishes in the last 5 years, with most being granted in Tarrant County. JLFW volunteers organize and plan wishes for children referred to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This includes meeting with the child and his or her family and discerning their wishes, as well as helping coordinate all aspects of the wish-granting.
For more than 40 years, Mayfest. Inc. has been providing a family fun festival on the banks of the Trinity River. Funds raised help to beautify the river and support the programs throughout the community. JLFW volunteers assist with the planning and preparations for the festival. They also play a major role as volunteers during the event. JLFW volunteers can participate in Mayfest as a general volunteer or as a member of the Central Committee of Mayfest. The Central Committee is made up of 80 volunteers from throughout the community, including 15-20 Junior League members.
MOTHERS’ MILK BANK
The Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas passionately dedicates its services to saving tiny, premature, and critically ill infants by providing lifesaving donor human milk. For premature and critically ill infants, human milk dramatically increases their survivability. Breast milk is donated by healthy, lactating mothers who have an oversupply. The donated milk is pasteurized, tested for bacterial growth and nutritional value, and dispensed by a physician’s prescription to sick babies in need. JLFW volunteers assist with filing, copying, and other office duties. They also assist with the pasteurization process of milk in the laboratory.
NICU HELPING HANDS
NICU Helping Hands develops hospital and community-based projects that provide education and support to families of premature infants. The organization’s mission is to provide comprehensive support programs and resources to parents of premature infants in the community, not only during their stay in the neonatal intensive care unit of a local hospital, but during and after their transition home. JLFW volunteers monitor the NICU Helping Hands Resource Room at Baylor All Saints. The Family Resource Room is a comfortable place right outside the NICU.
OPENING DOORS FOR WOMEN IN NEED
ODWIN serves women, returning to society after incarceration. Through transitional housing and vocational training, the ODWIN Nehemiah Project builds self-esteem, confidence and establishes a productive future for these women and their children. Volunteers will develop a Job Training program for the women enrolled at ODWIN. Volunteers will assist with mock interviews, resume building, computer training, and online job applications.
PERFORMING ARTS FORT WORTH
CHILDREN’S EDUCATION PROGRAM
Performing Arts Fort Worth (PAFW) owns and operates Bass Performance Hall. The mission of the Nancy Lee and Perry R Bass Performance Hall is: • To serve as a permanent home to major performing arts organizations of Fort Worth, and as a premier venue for other attractions so as to enhance the range, quality and accessibility of cultural fare available to the public • To promulgate arts education • To contribute to the cultural life of Fort Worth, Tarrant County and the region. The Hall also functions as a “classroom” for more than 70,000 children each year, enriching their educational experiences through a variety of performing arts programs – provided free of charge by the PAFW Children’s Education Program. To ensure that the performing arts are a fundamental part of every student’s education, a partnership was established with the Fort Worth ISD, leading to a district-wide mandate that all students in 1st-5th grades attend a Children’s Education Program (CEP) curriculum-based performance each year. In its 16th year, the CEP continues to provide free programs to school-age children to experience the best of the performing arts. In April 2012, the CEP surpassed a major milestone, bringing more than one million children to the Hall. JLFW volunteers are CEP ambassadors or representatives who extend a personal connection, delivering critical communication to the schools, including CEP policies and procedures, transportation guidelines, study guide details, maps and signage and contact information.
RECOVERY RESOURCE COUNCIL
Camp L4 (Live, Learn, Laugh, Love) is a day camp for at-risk youth ages 6-12. Children are from local homeless and domestic violence shelters, foster homes and children whose parents have used Recovery Resource Council Services for drug and alcohol addiction. JLFW volunteers serve as camp counselors and are actively involved in a variety of youth activities throughout the week including both indoor and outdoor activities such as support groups, crafts, games, hiking, fishing, canoeing, and swimming.
RONALD MCDONALD FAMILY ROOM AT COOK CHILDREN’S
The Ronald McDonald Family Room opened inside Cook Children’s Medical Center in 2004. The Family Room serves as a haven of respite and hospitality to families whose children are in treatment. Located just outside the pediatric intensive care unit and outpatient service area, the space provides a place where families can get away from the stress of the hospital, allowing them a moment to rest and rejuvenate, so that they can face the stress of the hospital with renewed energy. JLFW volunteers will answer phones, refer families with special needs to the appropriate contact person, log room usage, and maintain coffee and snacks for the Family Room.
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals. Volunteers have the opportunity to serve as Front Desk Volunteers, House Services Volunteer or Ronald Room Hostess.
CampHeart is the only local camp designed exclusively for children recovering from domestic violence. While other camps in the area target children in need, none provide the domestic violence expertise and support that CampHeart provides to these children. Most of the children attending CampHeart have never attended a camp before. JLFW volunteers are asked to interact with youth in a number of different ways, one on one, small groups, etc. This provides children attending CampHeart the opportunity to interact and work along-side a group of engaged community members who are dedicated to making a difference through hands on action and leadership. Children attending CampHeart learn that they are cared for and cared about, a strong message conveyed with the inclusion of JLFW volunteers. Incorporating JLFW volunteers allows for a more diverse camp experience and provides support to SafeHaven staff as well. SafeHaven cannot provide everything it takes to offer children an opportunity to have an outlet such as Camp without the support of an organization like JLFW.
SAFEHAVEN OF TARRANT COUNTY
SafeHaven’s mission is to end domestic violence through safety, support, prevention and social change. SafeHaven’s shelters have served domestic violence victims in Fort Worth, Arlington and the surrounding areas for almost four decades. Volunteers will assist with the Children’s Recreation Program two evenings per month.
TARRANT AREA FOOD BANK
The Tarrant Area Food Bank works to eliminate hunger in Tarrant County and 13 surrounding counties by providing food, education, and other resources to a network of partner agencies and their communities. JLFW volunteers provide vital assistance by working hands-on in the Community Kitchen and through the “Operation Frontline” project to provide nutritional education instruction to pregnant and parenting girls.
THE FIRST TEE, INC.
The First Tee, Inc. is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation. The focus is to give young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship. JLFW volunteers provide hands-on delivery of life skills instruction, golf skills instruction and mentoring to participants in Life Skills Classes, Camps and Community Outreach Initiatives.
THE VAN CLIBURN FOUNDATION
VAN CLIBURN AMATEUR PIANO COMPETITION
The mission of the Cliburn is to advance classical piano music throughout the world. Its international competitions, education programs, and concert series embody an enduring commitment to artistic excellence and the discovery of young artists. JLFW volunteers assist in coordinating all aspects of the competition. Each JLFW volunteer will be assigned a specific position. Positions include In-town Transportation Coordinator, Front/Back of House Assistant, Gift Shop Chairman, Gift Shop Scheduling Assistant, Gift Shop Selling Manager, Packet Coordinator, Competition Hall Coordinator, Liaison to Cliburn Volunteer Coordinator and Competition Refreshments Recruiter & Coordinator.
WINGS OF HOPE EQUITHERAPY
Wings of Hope provides quality equine-assisted activities for children and adults with disabilities. Their stated core purpose is to provide hope and gentle healing through horses and the love of God. It is a nonprofit equestrian therapy program. JLFW volunteers help conduct riding lessons by serving as lead walkers (leading the horse around an arena; reserved for volunteers with equine experience) or assisting as a side walker (making sure riders do not lose their balance). If a volunteer has equine experience and is interested, she may also be asked to assist with grooming and tack of horses.