The Junior League of Fort Worth makes a difference in the community by providing trained volunteers to non-profit agencies.
The following community agencies were selected to receive Junior League volunteers for 2019 – 2020.
During the summer, volunteers participate in and/or execute programming in six different areas: Teacher Welcome, Clubs Fair, Club Presentation Days, Mock Fancy Meal, Summer Clubs, Breakthrough Champion’s Day and the Closing Celebration Event. Service Mentors for Summer Clubs 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 are available during the school year as a College Workshop Mentor and College Tour Chaperone Mentor.
Camp Lancelot is an event through Cook Children’s for children with diabetes ages 6-12, with a CIT program for ages 13-17. The program offers an exciting week of camp activities and valuable lessons on positive diabetes management. JLFW volunteers assist with the event by working with the children outside and facilitating arts and crafts while working with the camp staff and hospital staff to foster education in positive diabetes management.
Colonial Country Club annually hosts a world class PGA tournament that positively impacts the Fort Worth community through economic impact, national exposure, and charitable contributions. JLFW volunteers assist in the will call booth by helping patrons, media and corporate sponsors with distributing tournament credentials and parking passes, as well as provide general information to facilitate entry into the tournament.
Cowtown Project Success seeks to mentor unsheltered youth so that they can break the cycle of displacement by providing a creative outlet through art. JLFW volunteers assist teens who have joined the program in creating arts and crafts projects that express their thoughts, hopes and dreams while mentoring them in organizational, communicational and marketing skills. This artwork is then sold by the teens at various festivals throughout Tarrant County.
Cristo Rey Fort Worth High School at Our Mother of Mercy is a learning community that educates young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service. Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, integrated with a relevant work-study experience, students graduate ready to succeed in college and in life. JLFW volunteers assist teachers and staff with scholastic projects, events and work-study events throughout the year.
The Daniel Migael Foundation, Inc is dedicated to making vision care accessible to those who have found themselves in resource-poor communities. The organization’s goal is to better the chances for recipients to contribute back to their communities and families whether through education, employment or life skills. JLFW volunteers assist with vision screenings, dispensing of free prescription glasses and volunteering at community organized health fairs.
The Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas supports individuals with Down syndrome, their families and caregivers in achieving the universally desired goals of self-fulfillment, pride in one’s achievements, inclusion in the community and reaching one’s fullest potential through social and educational activities. Their mission is to provide support through awareness, advocacy, education and the exchange of ideas and experiences. JLFW volunteers serve as chaperones at a two-night retreat at Wood Ranch in west Texas and assist self-advocates with getting ready on time in the morning and escorting them to the daily program activities that will include internet safety, kitchen safety and healthy eating, budgeting and the environment.
Dedicated to lifelong learning and anchored by their rich collections, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History engages the city’s diverse community through creative, vibrant programs and exhibits interpreting science and the stories of Texas and the Southwest. JLFW volunteers set up daily activities and interact with children from kindergarten through eighth grade participating in Fort Worth Museum of Science and History camps.
The Stock Show Art Program was created to provide Fort Worth area students an opportunity to display their artistic abilities and study western heritage while getting a chance to compete locally for awards and cash prizes. JLFW volunteers check in entries, assist with data entry, coordinate ceremony and display set-up and provide information to area schools prior to the contest.
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.
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 are given the opportunity to plan a reception, intermission program, backstage tour and more.
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 during various activities.
Live Thankfully is a series of service projects involving local schools and businesses that provides student leadership training and community enrichment through food drives and holiday meals. JLFW volunteers communicate with campus contacts to coordinate food drives, leadership trainings and follow up leadership parties from August-March. They set up events such as Live Thankfully luncheon, Party with a Purpose and Thanksgiving Meal pick-up. They also help organize and distribute Live Thankfully goods and goody bags for all events and leadership programs at all 21 campuses currently served.
Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has been creating life changing wish experiences for children with critical illnesses. JLFW volunteers assist Make-A-Wish with daily administrative tasks, meeting with children to grant wishes and coordinating and organizing special events and fundraisers to create life-changing wish experiences for children with critical illnesses around the world to give them a higher chance of survival.
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 beautification 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 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 of North Texas (MMBNT) aims to improve the health and survival of infants through the safe provision of pasteurized donor human milk. MMBNT serves premature and critically ill infants whose own mothers’ milk is not available. JLFW Volunteers assist MMBNT in preparing for events and other projects related to outreach and setting up for the annual luncheon. They have a visible role in planning and attending the Grand Opening events. In addition, they assemble New Mom packets, which are distributed to hospitals, doctors’ offices and other health-related locations.
Performing Arts Fort Worth (PAFW) owns and operates Bass Performance Hall. The Hall 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 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. 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.
Rivertree Academy educates children from Como to learn well, work well, love well, and lead well. JLFW volunteers work as mentors to offer encouragement and assistance with reading and math. Volunteers coordinate monthly Enrichment Outings for students and parents to keep students engaged in educational activities throughout the year.
The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals. JLFW volunteers have the opportunity to serve as Front Desk Volunteers, House Services Volunteer or Ronald Room Hostess.
SafeHaven’s mission is to end domestic violence through safety, support, prevention and social change. Adventure camp provides daily recreational programming for children impacted by domestic violence in addition to therapeutic activities. JLFW volunteers lead recreation activities and act as field trip chaperones in a summer day camp setting in the shelters. Volunteers also assist with the evening recreation program in the shelters throughout the summer and school year, and lead recreational activities such as games, art projects and crafts.
SafeHaven’s mission is to end domestic violence through safety, support, prevention and social change. JLFW volunteers assist with a local three-day camp-out for kids ages 6-12 with horseback riding, canoeing, roasting marshmallows, and other outdoors activities combined with structured therapeutic activities to help the healing process for participating children. Volunteers help participating children escape the isolation of past experiences and bond with peers and adults in an invigorating natural setting.
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. 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 WARM Place is an agency that provides peer-support groups for children and families after the death of a loved one by facilitating a safe environment for children to express feelings and emotions while interacting with peers in similar circumstances. JLFW volunteers act as discussion leaders in children’s grief support groups on a monthly basis.
Wings of Hope aims to provide equine assisted activities for children and adults with unique physical, mental and emotional challenges. Their core purpose is to provide hope and healing through gentle horses and the love of God. JLFW volunteers work with horses and riders each week as a Side Walker or Leader.