Community Projects

2018-2019 Project Application (doc)
2018-2019 Project Application (pdf)
Applications due Thursday, June 1, 2017 by 3 p.m.

COMMUNITY PROJECTS

The Junior League of Fort Worth (JLFW) makes a difference in the community by providing trained volunteers to non-profit agencies. Some of the agencies also receive funding for important projects. The following community agencies have been selected to receive Junior League funding and volunteers for 2017-2018.

SIGNATURE PROJECT
CAMP FIRE FIRST TEXAS: DIAMOND HILL RENOVATION & HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM
2017 – 2018
$100,000

Camp Fire operates a year- round, out-of-school program at Diamond Hill Station where 300-400 students participate in structured activities. The program engages students in sharing educational and physical activities with peers, and develops positive relationships built on mutual interests. The funds will renovate the current Diamond Hill Station facility. A garden will also be established where children can learn how to plant, maintain, harvest and then cook the produce. During the school year, Diamond Hill serves nutritious snacks when the children arrive from school and during school breaks they serve breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. They also have many lesson plans centered on health and nutrition and using plants from the garden to conduct science activities and create art. Volunteers will help plant a garden with the children. As the garden grows they will help with maintenance and harvest of the garden, as well as discussing nutrition.

ACH CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES: WELLNESS PROGRAM EXPANSION TO WEDGEWOOD
2017 – 2018
$20,000

ACH Child and Family Services’ Emergency Youth Shelter is the only emergency shelter for youth in Tarrant County. The agency is in the process of relocating their facilities to a more relaxed and home-like setting, and JLFW has the unique opportunity to partner with ACH in bringing the “Wellness Program for Shelter Youth” currently implemented at the Emergency Shelter to the Wedgwood Residential Campus. The Wellness Program includes planned ways to interact with youth from informational classes and activities focusing on nutrition, exercise, job-skills and other skill-building areas. The funds will cover the expansion, as well as provide materials needed for the classes, volunteer screenings and two community gardens. Volunteers will partner with ACH staff to design and implement this program. The class topics will rotate among nutrition, job skills, exercise, stress relief, team building, cooking demonstrations with an emphasis on cooking and exercise.

ALLIANCE FOR CHILDREN: ASSISTANCE FOR CHILD VICTIMS, SIBLINGS & PROTECTIVE CAREGIVERS
2017 – 2018
$15,000

Alliance for Children serves Tarrant County children suspected to be victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse or neglect or witnesses to violent crimes. As part of their services, they offer group counseling for victims and their protective caregivers. The funds will help support their emergency client support program which provides basic needs to families, replace possessions law enforcement may remove as part of an investigation or because it is a traumatic trigger and provide a means for travel to the Centers for counseling sessions. Volunteers will fill the role of sibling group facilitators leading activities and interacting with these children while their siblings and parents/caregivers attend group counseling sessions. This will include a range of activities from rocking an infant to leading games and art projects – but most important is developing a relationship and providing a sense of normalcy with the children.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER FORT WORTH: MUSIC & YOUTH INITIATIVE
2017 – 2018
$20,000

In 2016-2017 JLFW funded $50,000 towards the Music & Youth Clubhouse at their Eastside Branch. The Clubhouse construction was completed in December 2016, with a grand opening in February 2017. The funds will assist with the next-step and by providing all the musical equipment needed for the Music & Youth programming to be fully operational and sustainable. Music is merely a vehicle for what is at heart a youth development program servicing at-risk youth between the ages of 10-18. It teaches them the challenges of discipline, reasoning and problem-solving that are all inherent in music as well as exposing them to a world outside of their own – all while keeping them off the streets. These students are craving one on one time and attention from mentors. Volunteers will provide individualized attention to the students, help them prepare for upcoming performances, assist in organizing performances and provide feedback and encouragement when necessary.

CATHOLIC CHARITIESSUPPORTIVE EVENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL FOSTER CARE
2017 – 2018
$20,000

Catholic Charities International Foster Care Program (IFC) serves two categories of youth:  Unaccompanied Refugee Minors and Unaccompanied Alien Children. They are one of only two organizations in the state of Texas meeting these needs and one of twenty in the United States. Through IFC the youth are resettled in the US via foster care families and offered case management services. The IFC provides a safe, nurturing, culturally-sensitive environment that will equip and empower them to integrate successfully in to their new local community here in Fort Worth and to reach their full potential. The larger hope is that some of them return to their homelands someday to affect positive changes there. The funds will assist the IFC program by planning and executing supportive events each month for foster parents and children. Events will include monthly foster parent meetings, a back to school bash, life skills camp, holiday parties and financial preparation. Most of these minors are teenagers, but are learning at lower than grade level. Volunteers will serve as role models and mentors to help accelerate their learning and build a peer support network within their ranks.

COMMUNITY HOSPICE OF TEXAS: HOSPICE HOUSE DOWNTOWN CHILDREN’S AREA
2017 – 2018
$15,000

Community Hospice of Texas, the largest not-for-profit hospice in Texas and the largest not-for-profit hospice serving pediatric hospice patients in the DFW Area. The Hospice House Downtown inpatient unit serves patients from children to adults and many are uninsured and need a place to spend their final days. The funds will cover the remodel of the children’s playroom which includes purchasing toys and kid-friendly furniture to create a place for children to wait and play while visiting or staying with a loved one. This room is also used by the Child Life Specialist to provide grief support, therapeutic and recreational activities to help children explore their grief and learn ways to constructively cope with grief. Volunteers will put together activity bags for the children and also maintain children’s playroom. Volunteers may also give their time to assisting Child Life specialist/therapist.

DANIEL MIGAEL FOUNDATION: EYE TECH ACADEMY
2017 – 2018
$25,000

The Daniel Migael Foundation provides free vision care and glasses to homeless, indigent and uninsured adults throughout the Metroplex. Eye Tech Academy is a program designed to introduce teenagers (aged 14-17) and residents (sheltered homeless) of the Union Gospel Mission to the field of Optical Services.  The six-week program is designed with classroom modules and hands-on training. The objective is to work with high school counselors and case managers to identify those individuals with borderline academic performance or current unemployment status and expose them to a career option that may inspire them to succeed without compounding their struggles. Funds cover additional optical equipment for hands-on curriculum for the students to ensure they have optimal time and experience without waiting for their turn on the equipment. Volunteers are responsible for assisting with the students during the scheduled class times, tutoring as well as motivating and encouraging students. They can also assist in teaching the non-optical modules that are designed to teach communication skills, professionalism with peers and supervisors as well as completing employment applications and mock interviews. They are encouraged to participate with the students in the community service module; attending a community clinic in the Fort Worth area and assisting students in utilizing their learned skills from all of the modules with actual patients in a real-world environment.

FORT WORTH DROWNING PREVENTION COALITION: SAFE SWIM PROGRAM
2017 – 2019
$30,000

The mission of the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Center (FWDPC) is to prevent drowning in Fort Worth by educating the community about water safety and equipping non-swimmers with life-saving skills. They are filling a much-needed gap in Fort Worth by providing these services regardless of individuals ability to pay. Over the past year FWDPC developed a beta-test program specifically for the Como neighborhood – reaching 100 Como residents in the Downtown YMCA pool. It was a success in part due to the attention given to cultural awareness – 18 community leaders went through the program to learn to swim and then to act as ambassadors in their community centers and churches to spread the word. The funds will continue this neighborhood emphasis and expand their concentrated effort to the north side of Fort Worth in the summers of 2017 and 2018. Volunteers will serve in two areas: registration and Water Buddies.   

HOPEKIDS NORTH TEXAS: HOPE DAY EVENTS EXPANSION
2017 – 2018
$10,000

HopeKids provides ongoing events, activities and a support community for families with children who have a life threatening medical condition. The funds will support the expansion of events in Tarrant County and volunteers will plan and implement events for families to enjoy. The goal if for families to be surrounded with the message hope can be a powerful medicine. Currently, they are serving 426 families throughout the Metroplex.

NORTH TEXAS HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: BLUE ZONE PROJECT FORT WORTH
2017 – 2018
$10,000

Blue Zone Project is a community initiative designed to foster and support individual and community health and well-being through permanent changes to the environment, policy and social networks. Fort Worth is the largest city to undertake the Blue Zone Project, and the goal is to bring real and tangible choices to people’s lives by making the healthy choice the easy choice. The funds will go to support the Cooking Demonstrations and Purpose Workshops. Volunteers will be Blue Zone Project Engagement Liaisons and will assist with preparation of materials for the events and activities during the events.

PRESBYTERIAN NIGHT SHELTERWOMEN & CHILDREN’S WARM THE HOUSE & LIFE TRAINING SKILLS
2017 – 2018
$25,000

The Presbyterian Night Shelter’s Women and Children’s Center provides its clients with services empathizing crisis alleviation, self-empowerment, nutritional and behavioral health, parenting skills, early childhood intervention, vocational training and job readiness curriculum. The funds will provide “house-warming” items for the 40 private rooms within the Center that turn over 3-5 times a year. The approximate cost to furnish each room is $500 and the clients take these items with them when they transition to permanent housing.  They have found by providing new, colorful furnishings in these rooms it is changing the demeanor of the Center and making it a happier place for these clients to be. Funds will be used to purchase the items needed. Volunteers will spend the majority of their time in the Center leading a variety of weekly basic life skill classes. This will be a collaborative program with the volunteers utilizing their collection of talents to offer meaningful classes to teach mothers to empower themselves and to be prepared to return to self-sufficient lives.  

RIVERTREE ACADEMY: NUTRITION PROGRAM
2017 – 2018
$50,000

Currently, Rivertree Academy provides their students three meals per day: breakfast, lunch and an afternoon meal before dismissal. The government programs are not satisfying to the children who come to school famished. The lack of fresh fruits and vegetables that qualify for those programs is also a disappointing contradiction to Rivertree’s dedication to serving fresh, wholesome foods. The funds will assist Rivertree in providing healthy, nutritious meals and snacks for their students. The staff recognized an increase in their focus, attention to the task at hand and diligence in the work improved, after a healthly snack. Volunteers will help create a nutrition program where students, parents and the Como Community can learn healthier choices, as well providing mentoring and enrichment events.

SAFEHAVEN OF TARRANT COUNTY: ADVENTURE CAMP
2017 – 2018
$15,000

SafeHaven is a shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence. During the summer, there is an increase in need for activities for the children staying at the shelter. Adventure Camp will serve 150 children ages 6-18. The funds will be used to support field trips and other summer activities outside the normal budget. The volunteers will serve in the Adventure Camp or in the Evening Recreation component. The Adventure Camp chaperones can work with SafeHaven to help plan and implement the field trips and activities. The Evening Recreation volunteers will lead recreational activities such as games, art projects and crafts while mothers attend support groups.

THE LADDER ALLIANCE: SUCCESS STORE
2017 – 2018
$15,000

The Ladder Alliance provides tools for female victims of domestic violence and low-income women to help them become self-sufficient, successful and independent by teaching three sets of classes; basic computer skills, professional office skills and GED. Students attending class at The Ladder Alliance “earn” the ability to shop in the on-site clothing store called the Success Store. Clothing donations for the Success Store are received on a regular basis from supporters as well as JC Penney.  JC Penney’s donations are mostly sample, smaller sizes so there are times that the store does not have the right size to fit students needing clothes. The funds will cover the purchase of reasonably priced larger sized clothing items for the Success Store as well as reworking the dressing room to allow for two separate private dressing areas. Volunteers will assist in the Success Store, helping students put outfits together as well as work as a “cashier” to count the number of items purchased and ensure the student has enough credits for the purchase. Additional duties include helping sort and hang donations received and purchasing and delivering clothing in needed sizes following monthly evaluation of needs.

UNION GOSPEL MISSIONCHILDREN’S ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
2017 – 2018
$25,000

This program was established in 2008 and currently consists of after-school tutoring, art therapy classes, science projects and nutritional education. Children entering UGM are usually 1-2 grade levels behind. With additional tutoring, UGM is able to bring the child up to grade level and sometimes beyond. Recently, UGM has seen a greater need to focus on the development, growth and traumatic effects that homelessness has on young children. The funds will cover materials for program activities. Volunteers will provide tutoring services. During tutoring children are helped one-on-one or in a small group for homework help, studying and extra attention for any subjects they may be struggling with. They will also help cover transportation expenses of the new bus that JLFW provided for during the 2016-2017 project year.