20 Nov New Member Project – Reach Center
New Member Project – REACH Center
This New Member group chose to raise funds for the Junior League of Tacoma to assist youth experiencing homelessness obtain transportation resources for their New Member Project. After speaking with representatives at the REACH Center, it became clear that there was a great need for Pierce Transit Orca bus passes. REACH indicated that having bus passes available for young individuals would allow them to transfer from bus-to-bus without incurring additional charges and to make it to their final destination and home again. These bus passes will help youth experiencing homelessness get transportation to and from work, school, safe havens, resources and other commitments that will help these young people become more self-sufficient. The passes will also help youth get to class, to an interview, or to obtain the resources they need in order to become independent.
In order to raise the funds to purchase the bus passes the group partnered with Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant in Tacoma for a JLT restaurant takeover. During the restaurant takeover 20% of the food bill for the restaurant guests that were invited by JLT members was donated to JLT.
The event was held on Sunday March 22nd where we had over 23 parties that joined us at Moctezuma’s for lunch. The New Member group was present at the event to greet and thank restaurant guests, raise awareness about Junior League, and highlight the issue of Pierce County’s youth population experiencing homelessness. Additionally, we invited our guests to participate in the community event by direct donations for our cause.
This project raised $285 through food sales at Moctezuma’s, made possible through our League’s attendance and support of this event. Additionally, we raised $198 in direct donations from our guests, and other members of the Pierce County community that became interested in our project by chatting with us in the Moctezuma’s lobby. The Junior League of Tacoma will be able to purchase 96 one day Pierce Transit Orca bus passes. We will give these passes to The REACH Center to be distributed to youth in need of transportation options.
Overall, this event was a success and a great learning experience for the New Members. Raising a grand total of $483, we exceeded our target goal which was to raise $100 and be able to donate at least 20 bus passes. We reached the Pierce County community by making our presence known and speaking with our friends and family about the great needs for youth experiencing homelessness.