Over the years, thousands of residents have benefited from the work of Junior League volunteers, and helping others has immeasurably enriched the lives of those volunteers. But, an all-volunteer organization would not make such an impact had it not instituted business-oriented standards to select and maintain its projects and activities.
The Junior League of New Orleans defines many of its community services as projects. All must be compatible with and support JLNO’s vision, mission and focus areas.
A project must allow the utilization, training, and development of volunteers and address a community need within the focus area. JLNO must have a position of responsibility in administration and program development, and the project must have a high impact in the community. Specifically:
- People’s lives will change as a result of the program, and the project has an evaluation process that supports results.
- The underlying causes of the community need are addressed.
- We are able to assess the number of people experiencing the change versus the intensity of that change.
- Levels of change include knowledge, skills, attitudes, behavior, condition, and status.
Other requirements include a defined, viable plan for sustainability and an organizational infrastructure capable of supporting project operations.
From June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017, our Community Projects include the following:
- Community Assistance Fund Grants – Investing in nonprofits to extend community impact
- Diaper Bank – Filling the “Diaper Gap” by raising awareness and providing family assistance
- Education Support Services – Narrowing the achievement gap by supporting children’s education
- Get on Board – Training board members and staff for effective nonprofit organizational management
- Financial Literacy for Women (in development) – Delivering a comprehensive curriculum enabling women to achieve and maintain economic freedom
- Kids in the Kitchen – Reducing obesity and poor nutrition by educating children and families on healthy choices
- Lemonade Day University – Empowering today’s youth to be tomorrow’s entrepreneurs
- Rebuilding Together – Renovating homes to create secure and attractive neighborhoods
- Safe Sitter – Preparing young people for the profound responsibilities of nurturing and protecting children
- Speaker Series on Health and Wellness – Providing information and resources on ways for women to improve their physical health and mental wellbeing
- Woman Entrepreneur (WE) Fellowship – Promoting professional success and improving economic opportunities for women