Junior League February Happenings

February may have been a short month, but that did not stop Junior Leagues around the country from working to develop the potential of women and improving the community. From care packages to proms, here is what Junior League chapters throughout the U.S. have been up to in the past month:

  • The Junior League of Waco, McLennan Community College and the Region 12 Education Service Center sponsored the 9th Annual Teen Suicide Prevention Symposium. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens. The event focused on cyber-bullying and included informative presentations covering prevention strategies, risk assessments, recovery programs as well as how traumatic death affects grief and healing.
  • The Junior League of Lafayette hosted the first ever Families Helping Families Assistive Technology Demonstration. The event was held in conjunction with the Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network, a nonprofit organization that aims to connect elderly citizens and those with disabilities with Assistive Technology. The expo focused on devices designed to help people with disabilities to complete everything from day-to-day tasks to staying up to date with technology.
  • The Junior League of Greenwich and the YWCA Greenwich sponsored an anti-bullying event. The event featured a screening of the documentary “Bystanders: Ending Bullying,” which examines bullying in New Mexico schools and efforts to combat it, and a panel discussion. Speakers included the Superintendent of Schools, two Greenwich High School students, and members of the Anti-Defamation League and the nonprofit Family Centers.
  • The Junior League of Dallas (JLD) selected Promise House for its annual Provisional project.  Thirty-two prospective JLD members spent part of their weekend volunteering at the nonprofit that serves at-risk North Texas teens. The members spent the day painting and decorating bedrooms at the shelter. Promise House embraces homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth by providing them with individualized support, skills, encouragement, and hope to live a better life.
  • The Junior League of Central Westchester delivered 150 care packages for mothers-in-need at White Plains Hospital. Through the utilization of its own funds, combined with donations from the Wal-Mart Foundation/Sam’s Club and Sassy, Inc., the Junior League of Central Westchester delivered the packages of newborn essentials, which included onesies, side-snap shirts, sleepers, socks, hats, baby wash, rattles, books, nail files, and thermometers.
  • The Junior League of Houston (JLH) hosted its 66th annual Charity Ball, an event that played out over three consecutive evenings. The design was “Imperial Dragon”. This year, the Junior League of Houston raised over $1 million, a JLH record.
  • The Junior League of Birmingham hosted its 7th annual “Pretty at the Prom”. This event offered an afternoon of primping and pampering to the young women of the Exceptional Foundation. The Exceptional Foundation is a nonprofit organization that serves individuals with mental and physical handicaps throughout Birmingham.
  • The Junior League of Macon held its 3rd Bookin’ It 5k and Fun Run on February 22. The event featured a 5k course for runners and walkers of all ages and a Bookworm Jog for children 12 and under. The race supports the Junior League of Macon’s fight for literacy.
  • The Junior League of Flint held a human trafficking town hall on February 25. State Representative Joseph Graves co-hosted the event and was joined by State Representative Kurt Heise, co-chair of the Michigan Advisory Commission on Human Trafficking, and a representative from Michigan’s attorney general.
  • The Junior League of Honolulu partnered with the Honolulu Alumnae Panhellenic Association to hold a workshop to help college seniors gain skills to enter the workforce competitively. Skills included learning how to dress for success, how to give a good interview, and networking skills.
  • The Junior League of Lubbock partnered with United supermarkets to provide snacks for children who suffer from hunger during the weekend. The “Food 2 Kids Poptarts Drive” provides sacks of food each Friday for 1,500 local kids who may not have enough to eat over the weekend. All sacks provided to children contain peanut butter, juice, fruit snacks, pop-top cans of spaghetti, cereal, toaster pop-tarts, shelf-stable milk, nut sacks and other items.
  • The Junior League of York hosted New York Times best-selling author Charles Krauthammer at their “In the Spotlight” Speaker Series event at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York City. Krauthammer joined a prestigious list of past “In the Spotlight” speakers, including Walter Cronkite, Margaret Thatcher, George H.W. Bush and Cal Ripken Jr.
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