Community Projects

COMMUNITY PROJECTS

The Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc. (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. Information about 2020-2021 Projects will be uploaded soon.

The following community agencies were selected to receive Junior League funding and volunteers in 2020-2021.

COMMUNITY PROJECTS

ACH CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES
RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER AND WELLNESS PROGRAM FOR HIGH NEEDS FOSTER YOUTH PROJECT
$100,000

Funding helped with renovation costs for ACH’s recently opened, state of the art Residential Treatment Center (RTC) for High Needs Foster Youth. Mental and behavioral health is the largest unmet health need for children and teens in foster care.  The new facility provides a safe, stable, and local place for our community’s foster youth who require the highest levels of care while allowing access to connections with family and friends, as well as improved access to local resources for a smoother transition to foster family settings.

JLFW Volunteers will help develop, coordinate and deliver a Wellness Program for the youth in the RTC that will include informational classes and activities focusing on nutrition, exercise, job-skills and other skill-building areas.

THE NET FORT WORTH
THE WORTH CO. JOB TRAINING CENTER PROJECT
$100,000

Funds were spent in building The Worthy Co’s newly opened job training center off Magnolia Avenue in Fort Worth. The Net’s mission is to develop healthy, restorative relationships with people in the community who need a network of support the most. Whether its clients are experiencing homelessness, are refugee children relocated to the area or are victims of sexual exploitation, The Net believes its clients’ needs are far more than material. The Net builds authentic and healthy relationships so that clients can begin to understand their inherent dignity and self-worth. The Worthy Co. is The Net’s non-profit social enterprise whose mission is to empower and employ women survivors of trafficking, prostitution and addiction as they improve their own lives by learning vocational skills, gaining work experience and earning real income. JLFW volunteers will have the privilege of coming alongside these survivors in the newly opened Worthy Co.

THE WOMEN’S CENTER OF TARRANT COUNTY
SPACE REDESIGN TO EXPAND CAPACITY OF VIOLENCE, CRISIS & POVERTY SERVICES PROJECT
$100,000

The Women’s Center of Tarrant County operates one of the most comprehensive rape crisis and victim services programs in the country, is a leader in employment programs for the unemployed and underemployed and is a constant source of support for women and families in crisis and transition. The Women’s Center currently serves approximately 150,000 women, men and children each year to inspire and empower them to overcome violence, crisis and poverty. The need for services has increased substantially and the current facility’s configuration inhibited The Women’s Center’s ability to meet the ever-increasing demand.

Funding will help with the redesign of the current facility to expand program capacity and efficiencies in order to better serve more clients.

Some JLFW volunteers will plan, organize, and facilitate events and connection opportunities for older adults through the PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives) Connect program as well as work with the Employment Solutions team in helping clients obtain employment.

UNBOUND FORT WORTH
IDENTIFICATION, PREVENTION AND SUPPORT FOR SURVIVORS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING PROJECT
$70,000

UnBound Fort Worth’s mission is to support survivors and resource the community to fight human trafficking. It works to fulfill this mission in three ways: prevention and awareness, professional specific identification training and 24/7 crisis response and support for survivors. UnBound has served nearly 100 survivors since June 1, 2018, when it launched its survivor advocacy program with the endorsement of the Governor’s Child Sex Trafficking Team. UnBound is the only organization in Tarrant County providing 24/7 crisis response for adult survivors – responding to requests from local law enforcement to help meet the immediate needs of victims when they are rescued.

Funding will help with furnishings and emergency supplies for survivors at UnBound’s newly opened Drop-In Center to be located at OneSafe Place, the first of it’s kind in Tarrant County.

JLFW volunteers will plan and execute monthly events for survivors as well as help to sort and assemble survivor bags and write notes to trafficking survivors.

BREAKTHROUGH FORT WORTH
INCREASING BREAKTHROUGH ACCESS TO EAST FORT WORTH PROJECT
$50,000

Breakthrough Fort Worth (Breakthrough) is a supplemental, out-of-school enrichment program that advances highly capable, underserved youth from Fort Worth ISD on a progressive, experiential and consistently guided six-year path to college achievement. This expansion will enable Breakthrough to benefit an additional 70-80 students that have high academic potential and good conduct. More than 90% of the students will be the first in their family to attend college and most reside in low-income neighborhoods. For more than 40% of these students, English is not the primary language spoken at home.

Funding will be used to support programming costs to expand into east Fort Worth, which may include space and furniture rentals, classroom and teacher supplies, as well as project and activity materials.

JLFW volunteers will assist Breakthrough with a variety of activities in preparation to serve administrators as well as students in the program.

THE CLIBURN
SIXTEENTH VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION PROJECT
$40,000

The Cliburn’s mission is to advance classical piano music throughout the world and is home to the most prestigious classical music contest in the world. Its size, reputation, international visibility, spirit of volunteerism and commitment to artistic excellence make it unique among its peers in the United States.  The Sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is scheduled to take place on the campus of TCU and at Bass Performance Hall from May 27 to June 12, 2021. It is estimated that approximately 40,000 individuals will attend Competition performances and events and that the Competition’s free global webcast will receive over three million views. In addition to competition attendees, approximately 8,000 individuals are projected to attend the education and outreach events. The JLFW has been a valued partner of The Cliburn since the first edition of the Competition in 1962.

Funding will support education and outreach events presented as part of the Sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which includes a festival of masterclasses, guest artist lectures, panel discussions, public concerts, an educational symposium and simulcasts of competitions and award ceremonies.

JLFW volunteers will lead teams of Cliburn volunteers in a variety of areas by serving as the Office Guests Coordinators, Airport and In-Town Transportation Coordinators, Gift Shop Logistic Coordinators, Gift Shop Sales & Shift Coordinators (all proceeds benefit The Cliburn and its efforts), Competitor Performance Technology Coordinators, Welcome Bag Coordinators, Hotel Hospitality Suite Coordinators, Meal Coordinators, Competitor Welcome Suite Coordinators, Screening Jury Green Room Chairmen, Visitor Information Book & Booth Coordinators Daytime and Outdoor Simulcast/Sundance Square Plaza Coordinators.

THE LADDER ALLIANCE
WELCOME TO THE ARTS PROJECT
$30,000

The Ladder Alliance empowers women victims of domestic violence and low-income women with tools to lead self-reliant, successful and independent lives. In addition to preparing students with training in computer and professional office skills, the organization also provides a Success Store where students can “purchase” appropriate office and interview attire using points earned in the training programs.  Because modeling the value of learning is a proven indicator of success for young people, The Ladder Alliance is launching “Welcome to the Arts!,” a pilot program designed to showcase the success of its students to their children while exposing both the parent and child to the arts. In this program, The Ladder Alliance students and their children will spend a day together visiting The Ladder Alliance classrooms, enjoying a “fancy” lunch and attending an art performance.

Funding will cover the cost of three separate “Welcome to the Arts!” days benefiting a total of 180 people.  Additionally, $10,000 will be designated for an “emergency fund” designed to help The Ladder Alliance students avoid an interruption in their Ladder Alliance classes due to unforeseen emergencies.

JLFW volunteers will plan, organize and chaperone the Welcome to the Arts! days.

TARRANT AREA FOOD BANK
SUMMER FARMER’S MARKETS PROJECT
$25,000

The Tarrant Area Food Bank Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program provides locally grown fruits and vegetables during the summer to families in need of healthy foods by utilizing benefits federally funded through the USDA’s WIC program. TAFB brings the WIC participants and farmers together in one location by setting up Summer Farmers Markets.

Funding will purchase equipment and supplies and will support 15 farmer’s markets during the summer of 2020 that are expected to provide fresh produce, prenatal vitamins and healthy snacks to over 1,500 families.

JLFW volunteers will assist with distribution at the farmer’s markets. This is simple, fulfilling work that will allow JLFW volunteers to see the faces and hear the stories of people who face the challenges of hunger on a daily basis.

THE SALVATION ARMY – MABEE SOCIAL SERVICES CENTER
CULINARY ARTS TRAINING PROGRAM PROJECT
$25,000

The Salvation Army – J.E. & L.E. Mabee Social Services Center (Mabee) serves as the hub of The Salvation Army’s Tarrant County operations. Whether an individual or family needs a hot meal, a place to stay or any of the variety of residential programs designed to take a family or individual from homelessness to being a stable and productive member of society, Mabee can provide it. To grow its workforce development initiative, Mabee will add a formal culinary arts training program to provide free training to select clients. Mabee expects to provide the skills and training needed for clients to obtain employment in a commercial kitchen or restaurant upon completion.

Funding will support one year of classes including costs for supplies, food safety training, work clothes, interview attire and equipment for 30 individuals selected for this Culinary Arts Training Program.

JLFW volunteers will prepare a curriculum and teach bi-monthly classes on health and nutrition in the Mabee Center Kitchen for clients residing in The Salvation Army’s transitional shelters.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS GREATER TARRANT COUNTY
MENTOR 2.0 AT YOUNG WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP ACADEMY PROJECT
$20,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters Tarrant County (BBBS) partners with parents and guardians, volunteers and donors to provide children with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-on-one relationships that change lives for the better, forever. Mentor2.0 furthers BBBS’s mission by incorporating online mentoring into the school-based curriculum taught weekly by BBBS staff emphasizing college planning and job training programs.

Funding will expand Mentor2.0 at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy and provide the secure platform for online communication between the mentors and mentees.

JLFW volunteers will serve as mentors to 12 students at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth. Mentors will utilize guided writing prompts on the secure and monitored online platform to follow up with the students and build upon the non-cognitive skills being taught by the BBBS staff each week, with the goal of helping students as they create their post-graduation plan, set goals, apply for college and financial aid, or pursue job certification programs.

FORT WORTH DROWNING PREVENTION COALITION
SAFE SWIM COMMUNITY EXPANSION PROJECT
*Project approved in 2019
$30,000

Funds will be used to cover program expenses to expand the Swim Safe program into the Stop Six neighborhood in Southeast Fort Worth.  Volunteers will assist students within the pool environment and assist with check in and record keeping for the program.

RECOVERY RESOURCE COUNCIL
GIRLS TEEN RETREAT PROJECT
*Project approved in 2019
$20,000

Funds will be used to cover the costs of The Teen Retreat, which provides a unique opportunity for at-risk girls to strengthen life readiness skills and discover new interests that will empower them to see a healthy future.  Volunteers will assist with the Teen Retreat and serve as mentors and role models to the attendees.