Community Placements

2019-2020 Placement Application
Applications due Friday, June 1, 2018 by 3 p.m.

COMMUNITY PLACEMENTS

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 2018 – 2019.

ACH CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES
Wellness Program Expansion to Wedgewood Volunteer Details: JLFW volunteers will partner with ACH staff to bring the Wellness Program created at our Emergency Shelter to the Wedgwood Residential Campus. This program is open for JLFW volunteers to make their own, with guidance and boundaries set by the staff. The class topics will rotate among nutrition, job skills, exercise, stress relief, team building, cooking demonstrations with an emphasis on cooking and exercise. For residents at the Youth Shelter, they have responded well in the past to fun games and activities instead of more mature topics such as job skills and financial planning.

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. JLFW volunteers 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.

BREAKTHROUGH FORT WORTH

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. 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 are available during the school year as a College Workshop Mentor and College Tour Chaperone Mentor.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES: ASSESSMENT CENTER
Catholic Charities provides a safe environment for children prior to being placed in foster care homes. JLFW volunteers will 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.

COLONIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
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.

COOK CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER
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. JLFW volunteers assist in the hospital in improving the experience of the children undergoing medical treatments and their families by reading books, playing in the playroom, directing visitors, meet and greet with visitors, clean play areas, clerical duties and educating parents about car safety.

FORT WORTH ISD JUNIOR MINTS
The Junior MINTS (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 time mentoring with one child or in a small group at one of our schools. 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 NIGHT
JLFW volunteers will work closely with the education team and volunteer coordinator on the administrative level to organize, schedule, and coordinate the Museum’s family and school outreach programs, Family Museum Nights and Family Science Festivals, as well as assist with ideas and concepts for activities, 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: LEARNING ACADEMY
JLFW volunteers will work closely with the Executive Director of Education and education team to organize and coordinate the 21st Century Learning Academy and Kids Camp. Volunteers will help set up for daily activities and work with camp participants. These camps are held over the course of two weeks during the summer, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. In particular, volunteers will create and run a “STEM Pop Up Shop” with materials for students’ engineering projects.

FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW ART PROGRAM
The Stock Show Art Program was created to provide Fort Worth area students an opportunity to display their artistic abilities and study western heritage. Students compete for awards and cash prizes. JLFW volunteers will check in entries, assist with data entry, coordinate ceremony and display set-up, and provide 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.

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, teamwork, body image, bullying, and healthy relationships for over 65 years to millions of American girls, particularly those in high-risk, underserved 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.

HISTORIC FORT WORTH: ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE
Many Junior League members grew up in Fort Worth and have a basic knowledge of Fort Worth buildings and neighborhoods, and that knowledge and experience is extremely valuable at HFW. JLFW volunteers are well connected and interested in improving the community, and they are a trusted resource for rare and often unduplicated files. Volunteers will learn to digitize, store, and retrieve irreplaceable documents; they will be able to respond to community inquiries about specific buildings; and they will learn to design and write an invitation about an historic building, as well as organize and lead the tour at that building.

KIDS WHO CARE, INC.
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.

LIVE THANKFULLY
JLFW volunteers will communicate with campus contacts to coordinate food drives, leadership trainings, and follow up leadership parties from August-March. They will help set up events such as Live Thankfully luncheon (October), Party with a Purpose (November) and Thanksgiving Meal pick up (November). They will also help organize and distribute Live Thankfully goods and goody bags for all events and leadership programs at all 21 campuses currently served.

MAYFEST
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.

PERFORMING ARTS FORT WORTH
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. Now in its 19th year, the CEP continues to provide free programs to school-age children to experience the best of the performing arts. 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.

PROJECT 4031
Project 4031 provides hospice and other terminally ill patients with end-of-life support services, including financial assistance to meet basic needs, dream fulfillment, and medical equipment to international outreach projects. Patients served by Project 4031 have ranged from 5 weeks old to 104. Volunteers are needed to support the small team of three at Project 4031 in the following ways: mailers, letter writing and other administrative tasks, dream fulfillment, medical equipment inventory, social media presence, special events and fundraiser preparation, as well as working the events if possible.

RIVERTREE ACADEMY
Rivertree Academy educates children from Como to learn well, work well, love well, and lead well. JLFW volunteers will work as mentors to offer encouragement and assistance with reading and math. Volunteers will coordinate monthly Enrichment Outings for students and parents to keep students engaged in educational activities throughout the year.

RONALD MCDONALD 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 visit 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.

SAFEHAVEN OF TARRANT COUNTY
JLFW volunteers will lead recreation activities and act as field trip chaperones in a summer day camp setting in the shelters. Camp provides daily recreational programming with crafts, sports, games, field trips, and entertainment in addition to therapeutic activities. Volunteers will also assist with the evening recreation program in the shelters throughout the summer and school year. Volunteers help lead recreational activities such as games, art projects, and crafts. While their children play in the evenings, mothers in the shelter are free to attend SafeHaven support group

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.

TRUE WORTH PLACE
True Worth Place serves individuals experiencing homelessness in Fort Worth offering day shelter, supportive resources and access to collaborating partner agencies. Volunteers will serve as life coaches for female guests who have requested job placement assistance at the agency. Life coaches will serve as role models, provide professional advice such as resume preparation and interview skills, and assist guests in building motivation. Volunteers will use their own personal life skills to assist the women in the program.

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 LADDER ALLIANCE
The Ladder Alliance offers the women they serve access to “The Success Store,” a boutique where women can find new and gently used clothing and accessories for job interviews and work attire. JLFW volunteers will help dress the students! Students earn credit in the Success Store where they can “buy” clothes by attending class on time.