That’s a question you hear a lot this time of year. And for many Junior League members, the answer is, “Our project is going great!”
Summertime, with kids out of school and working parents stretched thin, is definitely a good time for hands-on Junior League projects.
At the Junior League of Collin County, the Summer Lunch Box Program provides much-needed meals to thousands of children in economically disadvantaged areas in Collin County, including the city of Plano. Working in partnership with Seven Loaves Food Pantry, JLCC volunteers provide free, kid-friendly meals daily in a safe and welcoming environment to children living in high-need areas.
The Junior League of Salt Lake City’s Community Assistance and Resource Event (CARE) Fair is an annual, two-day event for families needing routine medical services and community assistance information. Parents and children have access to free services from 50 different community agencies, including medical examinations and immunizations as well as physicals, hearing, vision and dental screening, diabetes and cholesterol screening, breast exams and HIV testing.
For the Junior League of Lufkin, the third week in July brings Camp Get Fit/Kids in the Kitchen, which brings young campers (students entering grades 3 – 5) together to learn about cooking, exercise, and health awareness, incorporating the basics of The Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen anti-child obesity initiative.
A good camping experience is also delivered at the Junior League of Tyler’s Summer Reading Camp, now in its 19th year. Focused on students entering the third grade, JLT’s event strives to introduce campers to the excitement of reading through sessions in art, writing and community. A daily visit to the bookstore is one of the many highlights of camp, and each camper leaves the week-long session with at least 20 new books.
For even more Junior League summer programming for children, be sure to check out this story on The Civic Lede. And if you want to tell the world about your League’s summer project, post it on AJLI’s Facebook page!