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 2016-2017.

Special Project – PRESBYTERIAN NIGHT SHELTER
CAMPAIGN FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN
2016 – 2017
$100,000
PNS is constructing a new building for homeless women and their children.  The building will house 40 mothers and 120 children in dorm style rooms.  A downstairs conference room in the new building will recognize the Junior League’s gift.  Junior League volunteers will assist with a Women’s Empowerment Program which will provide classes focusing on a variety of life skills as well as personal fulfillment opportunities – example topics include budgeting, yoga and journaling.

ACH CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES
ACH LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM
2016 – 2017
$20,000

The ACH LIFE (Learning Independence from Experience) program targets young adults aged 18-23 who have aged out of foster care and have previously been wards of the state due to abuse or neglect.  This population has a high incidence of homelessness and drug and alcohol abuse when no assistance is offered after age 18.  The program is designed to help these young adults transition to independent living successfully.  The project funds a mentor/life skills program to be presented to the female residents by Junior League volunteers.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES
ASSESSMENT CENTER RECREATIONAL OUTINGS

2016 – 2017
$5,000
The Assessment Center serves our community’s most needy children. These are severely abused or neglected children who have been removed from their homes. The Assessment Center meets all immediate needs (food, clothing and shelter) for their first 90 days outside the home. Unlike emergency shelters, these children also receive medical, psychological and psychiatric evaluations, as well as counseling services. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services requires recreational activities, but does not fund them. JLFW funds will be applied to the outings: admission, transportation fees, souvenirs and snacks for the children, so that they may participate in the full experience of attending the event. JLFW volunteers will work with the staff to ensure guidelines are followed and children are safe. Volunteers will participate in outings, with staff and children, serving as positive role models. Most children will attend three outings during their 90-day stay at the Assessment Center, an average of 25 children, per outing and 160 children, in a year.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB TARRANT COUNTY 
MUSIC CLUBHOUSE
2016 – 2017
$50,000
The second music clubhouse of its kind in Fort Worth (the first was opened to rave reviews in Northside Branch in 2015) the clubhouse provides a safe place for youth ages 10-18 to have access to instruments and free music lessons.  The clubhouse not only gets at-risk kids off of the streets after school, it provides a venue where the youth receive many emotional benefits from learning to play an instrument in a band of their peers in a safe environment. Volunteers will assist with music lessons and performances at the Eastside Branch, however, there is no requirement that volunteers have musical ability.  Much of the role of the volunteer will be to support and encourage these kids.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES
MENTORS & MAKEOVERS

2015 – 2016
$14,000
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. As participants are nearing the end of the program, volunteers will treat female students to a makeover day including new career clothing for interviews and haircuts. JLFW funds will be applied to the makeover day, new career clothing for interviews, and haircuts.

DANEIL MIGAEL FOUNDATION
BETTER VISION

2015 – 2016
$10,000
The foundation provides free vision care and glasses to homeless, indigent and uninsured adults throughout the Metroplex.  This project will bring bi-monthly Saturday clinics to the Como area in connection with ODWIN.  Each clinic will serve 20-25 new patients.  Junior League volunteers will greet and register patients for the clinics and assist in eyeglass frame selections.

FORT WORTH DROWNING PREVENTION
SAFE SWIM PROGRAM

2015 – 2017
$30,000
Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Center (FWDPC) provides on-deck water safety instruction to children and parents at four locations: Forest Park Pool, Westside YMCA, Southwest YMCA, and Marine Park Pool. The agency strives to equip children to self-rescue. Texas led the nation in 2012 and 2013 in pool drowning deaths, and Tarrant County ranked 2nd in state for total and per capita pediatric drowning deaths in 2012 and 2013. In an effort to address these staggering statistics, FWDPC was established in November 2012 and mission is focused: To prevent drowning in Fort Worth, Texas.

JLFW funds will be used to expand the program to serve additional participants. Funds would be used for volunteer training, volunteer appreciation, participant incentives, instructional materials & tools, and parent/caregiver educational materials. JLFW will assist with registration, instruction and will serve as water buddies.

FORTRESS YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CENTER
OUTDOOR LEARNING STATIONS & BEAUTIFICATION FOR EARLY LEARNING CENTER
2016 – 2017
$16,500
Fortress Youth Development Center serves the near Southeast community of Fort Worth.  Many children in this area, come from low income families where caregivers are predominantly below poverty level and private preschool is not a viable option.  Fortress YDC is currently operating a part-time preschool called the Fortress Early Learning Center.  The preschool which serves children 18 months to 4 years is scheduled to open full time in 2016 and will triple in size (going from 22 to 60 children).  The project will fund the preschool’s outdoor beautification and learning stations.  Volunteers will assist in building, painting and installation of the outdoor learning stations.

FRIENDS OF FOREST HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY
LEVEL UP! FOREST HILL LITERACY AND THE ARTS
2016 – 2017
$40,000
Most Forest Hill residents attend FWISD schools that feed into Dunbar High School.  The dropout rate in Forest Hill is almost 35% compared with the national average of 15%.  More than 52% of the population lives below the Federal Poverty Level.  The program assesses each individual and develops an individualized program to help that person obtain literacy.  The program will be used for all ages–school aged children and adults.  The investment will enable the library to obtain the software and hardware and provide training necessary to utilize Reading Plus for 25 laptops. Volunteers will mentor the participants by supporting them during the tutorials and leading enrichment activities.

UNION GOSPEL MISSION
CHILDREN’S ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
 2016 – 2017
 $63,500
With the opening of the new Scott Walker Women and Families Building in late 2015, UGM will double its population of children.  Junior League’s funds will be used to purchase a new 25-passenger bus for transporting these additional children with additional funding to provide uniforms, enrichment activities and bus maintenance.  Junior League volunteers will provide tutoring to children on weeknight late afternoon and evenings during the academic school year.