The Junior League of Tacoma trains women in volunteer and civic leadership skills then develops community programs that focus on identifiable community needs. For the past few years, we have been working on a multi-faceted approach to reach the goal that youth experiencing homelessness in Pierce County have the capacity for self sufficiency.
Some of the measurable community impacts include the following:
JLT has hosted 4 Annual Summits on Youth Homelessness featuring panel discussions from Community Leaders, partner organizations, and hosting the Poverty Immersion Workshop, which is now offered to Tacoma Public School employees through our partner the Tone Center.
Since the inception of our platform, the League has performed over 15 Done-In-A-Day projects including packing Spring Break snack kits for students receiving services from the Tone Center. Other projects include providing gloves, Emergency Kits, toiletries, gift cards, and other essential items through League drives.
The League has written over 1000 letters in support of the Arlington Campus, a multi-faceted residential community for youth facing homelessness to be opened in 2019. Additionally, the League drafted letters in support of a bill to extend foster care benefits until age 21.
To meet the critical need of homeless families to have a place to wash their clothes, the League has donated over $700 in pre-paid laundry cards and supplies.
Previously, JLT focused on promoting health and wellness and education about nutrition and prevention of obesity for both children and adults. Junior League partners with the national Initiative Kids in the Kitchen to educate and help prevent poor nutrition and obesity.
Past project focus areas include educating people about kids with disabilities, self-esteem building, supporting children’s theatre and creative arts, programs to combat domestic violence, support for children at Remann Hall through the Court-Appointed Special Advocates Program, producing public service announcements for non-profits at KSTW-TV, support and provide training for pregnant teens, child abuse and neglect, sexual abuse education, addressing the special needs of the elderly, parenting skills and literacy education.